Judges


Rogan Angelini-Hurll, General Partner, PROfounders Capital

Rogan is a founding General Partner at PROfounders Capital, an early stage VC fund focused on digital media and tech and backed by successful entrepreneurs.

Previously, Rogan headed the Citi Pan European Media Research team, covering both UK and Continental European companies and was a co-author of the original lastminute.com business plan with Brent Hoberman.

Victor Basta, Director, Magister Advisors Limited

Victor advises investors and boards on mergers, acquisitions and alternative exits, and financial and strategic issues related to maximising value for growth companies. He has worked on over 100 successful transactions during a 20+ year career. Magister Advisors Ltd is a merchant bank focused on later stage companies in growth industries. The firm has averaged 1 successful transaction per month since mid-2010, including: Amazon buying LoveFilm for $320m, and C3 Technologies' $250m sale.

In 2002, Victor founded Arma Partners to provide experienced M&A and financial advisory services to technology companies undertaking international transactions. Prior to Arma, Victor was the Co-President of Broadview’s worldwide business and for many years responsible for building Broadview’s European business, prior to its sale to Jefferies. Victor has previously been an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, and was President of the 2010 UK & Ireland Tech Tour.

Nic Brisbourne, Partner, DFJ

Nic has been in Venture Capital since 2000. In that time, he has worked in London, Europe and Silicon Valley. His main areas of focus have been software and media. Nic’s investment experience includes Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m), buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and UltraDNS (acquired by Neustar – NYSE NSR).

He currently sits on the boards of Conversocial, Tribold, and WAYN. Prior to joining DFJ Esprit, Nic was with Reuters Venture Capital, a software and services start-up called Operis; and Cap Gemini.

Phil Cox, Head of UK, Europe and Israel, Silicon Valley Bank

Having spent the majority of his career in the banking sector in Europe, Phil joined SVB Financial Group in London in August 2009 to lead its global operations in the EMEA Region. In this capacity, Phil is responsible for the existing UK and Israel operations and will lead the continued growth and geographic expansion of the business.

For more than 20 years, Phil has worked in the banking sector and brings a wealth of experience and leadership to SVB Financial Group. Prior to joining SVB, he was the Head of Commercial Banking at Bank of Scotland in London, a division of Lloyds Banking Group. In this role, Phil was responsible for the Relationship Management, Origination and Operational aspects of the business.

Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner, Idinvest Partners

Benoist Grossmann joined Idinvest Partners in 2002. He was appointed a board member in 2003 and operates mainly in the internet sector. Benoist is currently on the boards of Criteo, Viadeo, Dailymotion, 24h00 and Winamax. Before joining Idinvest Partners, Benoist worked for several venture capital funds for over 10 years. He was a partner at Viventures from 1998 to 2002 and worked as Investment Manager at La Financière de Brienne.

He had previously spent over 10 years working in the industry as a laser systems specialist at EDF, NASA and Thomson-CSF Optronique, for whom he invented five patents and authored over twenty publications. 

Robin Klein, Venture Partner, Index Ventures

Robin joined the London office of Index Ventures in April 2010 as a Venture Partner. He is a founding partner of The Accelerator Group (TAG), a seed investment company specialising in e-commerce, digital media and Internet services. He is currently Chairman of Quickbridge (Wonga), Moo and MyBuilder and sits on the boards of Bill Monitor, EDITD, Farfetch, FreeAgent, LevelBusiness, OneFineStay, Skimlinks, Stylistpick, LevelBusiness and Zoopla. Robin has 25 years of operating experience, 20 years of which as entrepreneur and 14 years of investing experience and he has been on the boards of three publicly quoted companies.

Krzysztof ‘Chris’ Kowalczyk, Partner, HardGamma Ventures

Chris is a Partner at early stage VC fund HardGamma Ventures and GammaRebels accelerator. He is also a Mentor with Seedcamp, Springboard, StartupBootcamp and StartupSauna, referrer with HackFwd.com and advisor to StartupWiseGuys. In 2011 he was Highly Commended as 'Best VC Partner of the Year' in The Europas. Some of his investments include Appvetica.com, Codility.com (Seedcamp '09 & TC Europas '10 winner), Lokter, Macoscope and BusyFlow.com. He is also advisor to Cityrace.me and Filmaster.com. Previously Chris has worked for Procter&Gamble, Lycos and McKinsey&Co.

Curtis MacDonald, Investment Manager, High-Tech Gründerfonds

Curtis MacDonald is a seed stage investment manager at German VC firm High-Tech Gründerfonds. Curtis invests mostly in internet and software based startups, but his current portfolio of nine companies does include three hardware companies. Prior to joining High-Tech Gründerfonds, Curtis founded a VC-backed consumer electronics company, hField Technologies, while still a student at Lehigh University.

Over the next five years in his roles as CEO and later as CTO, Curtis was responsible for the technological and product development of the company’s first product, the Wi-Fire (now available at several national retail chains in North America and Asia).

Max Niederhofer, VP, Accel Partners

Max has been working in the European technology industry for ten years. Since joining Accel, Max has been focusing on consumer internet, mobile, gaming and SaaS investments. Prior to joining Accel, he founded, ran and sold Qwerly, a consumer data marketing business. Before Qwerly, Max was an investment professional at Atlas Venture in London, where he worked with portfolio companies Seatwave, DailyMotion, Zoopla and MOO.

He began his entrepreneurial career by co-founding Myblog.de, Germany’s largest blogging community. Max is an active angel investor in companies such as OneFineStay, Boticca, Skimlinks and Last.fm (acquired by CBS). 

Guillaume Bonneton, Partner, GP Bullhound

Guillaume is a partner at GP Bullhound. He advises entrepreneurs and boards of the digital economy since 1998, and has worked previously at the Boston Consulting Group, Deutsche Bank, LongAcre and Jefferies. He has executed M&A and capital raising transactions involving some of the best known global internet, technology and media companies including Dailymotion, Easyvoyage, Fastbooking, Holtzbrinck, Kelkoo, Kudelski, Vivendi, VNU Media, Yahoo!.

Marc Sieberger, Founding Partner e42

Marc is a founding partner of e42 and enjoys working with dedicated, visionary founders to create innovative products and business models. He holds a Dipl-Kfm & MBA with distinction. Alongside his studies at WHU, Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, Coppead, UFRJ Rio de Janeiro, HEC Montreal and Lancaster University Management School, he gained experience in Investment Banking and Consulting in the UK and Germany.

Prior to e42, Marc was with ip.labs. Marc led ip.labs as COO/CFO from startup to an established worldwide leading digital photo service software provider. In 2008 ip.labs was acquired by FUJIFILM Corporation. Last year he co-founded doo and as COO/CFO he has now set off on his next mission – reinvent paperwork.

Reshma Sohoni, Partner, Seedcamp

As Partner, Reshma co-manages Seedcamp. Her investment focus is on B2B, Fashion, Gaming, Travel, and Financial Services. Reshma helped found Seedcamp in 2007. During her tenure, she has managed companies like Mobclix (acquired by Velti), Zemanta, and Ubervu.

Reshma was also on the board of Zoombu before it was acquired by Skyscanner and advises Launch38. She joined Seedcamp from the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions.