Those of you who attended our last funding related event at Google Campus will have enjoyed the amazing panel discussion moderated by Olivia Solon of Wired. Afterwards Olivia said that it could only have been enhanced by a fist-fight.
So this time we have brought in Oscar from Silicon Valley Bank to moderate a metaphorical funding fist-fight with advocates for startup loans, crowd funding, angel investment and an early-stage fund. The event will be a great opportunity to discover the pros and cons of each of the different funding types for early stage startups.
Google are kindly hosting and we will have Eze Vidra giving a short keynote speech.
7.30pm Introduction and Keynote Speech
8pm Panel Discussion "Bridging the startup Funding Gap in Europe"
9pm Drinks and Networking
Oscar Jazdowski is Head of Origination for Silicon Valley Bank’s UK office. Jazdowski has over 25 years experience of financing technology companies at all stages of development, from young venture-backed startups to large multinational companies across a broad base of technology and life science sectors. At SVB, Oscar focuses on delivering financial services products and solutions to multiple sectors of the IT, technology and life science industries, leveraging SVB’s extensive global network to connect people and companies together so as to expand business and grow revenues. Oscar transferred to SVB’s London based office in May 2010 where he now heads up SVB’s origination efforts in the UK.
Paul Dowling (Dreamstake)
Paul is a co-founder of Dreamstake the leading funding support platform for European high growth potential startups with over 7500 members. He has extensive experience of working with startups and strong views on the various funding options available. Dreamstake matches founders with the most appropriate form of investment to meet their specific requirements
Hamlesh Motah (Angel Investment)
Hamlesh is a serial entrepreneur, with a passion for business and technology. Having "been there, and done it", he has extensive commercial and technology experience building, scaling and exiting companies; be they bootstrapped startups, through to established investor backed organisations. He now invests in startups through The Peritus Group; his investment consultancy and privately funded investment vehicle.
Jeff Lynn (Crowdfunding)
Jeff Lynn is CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, a revolutionary online platform for investing in startups. Jeff is a qualified lawyer with extensive experience in the worlds of corporate transactions and early-stage businesses. He began his career practicing corporate law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London and later served as co-chairman of the investment committee of a UK seed investment fund. He also serves as the Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) and has acted as a strategic adviser to multiple startups.
Nicholas J Dear (Startup Loans)
Nicholas has worked in the technology sector for over 17 years, founding one of the first corporate web hosting companies in the UK. After a successful equity sale of the business to an overseas competitor, he moved to East Africa for 3 years and established a national investment exchange. He subsequently became a shareholder in a number of start-up technology businesses including KenyaBuzz, SleepOut and M-Kazi. He is a managing partner of i4a Capital, an investment fund focussed on mobile technology for the mass market. Nicholas is also Head of Partnerships at the Start-up Loans Company, a £82m UK government funded project to provide start-up finance to entrepreneurs setting up new business