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Venture Capital Leaders in the UK and Portugal

Venture Capital Leaders in the UK and Portugal

Stanford's "European Entrepreneurship & Innovation Thought Leaders" (EEITL) first Winter 2013 session kicks off with a look at two veteran VC's from very different European regions and traditions. Our UK guest leads Europe's most prominent venture fund that has played a central role in the growth of the UK's Cambridge technology cluster during the past 15 years. Our second speaker has successfully blended careers as a leading professor/researcher, entrepreneur and venture capitalist out of Lisbon, and joins us as our first speaker from Portugal in the course.

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Anne Glover — CEO, Amadeus Capital Partners (UK)

Anne is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners Limited, the European technology investor. In Anne’s current position, she brings together her many threads of experience — as a scientist, operating manager, and venture capitalist. Before founding Amadeus, Anne was a business angel and Chief Operating Officer of Apax-backed company, Virtuality Group, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1993. Anne was Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) from 2004 - 2005, and a non-executive director of the UK Technology Strategy Board from 2005-2012. She is currently a member of the European Research and Innovation Advisory Board and Chairman of the EVCA VC Platform Council. She serves on the boards of Glysure, Covestor Inc, Nomad plc and the Royal Society Enterprise Fund. In June 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to business, and in July 2008 was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Jose da Franca — Chairman, Portugal Ventures (PT)

Dr. José da Franca is Chairman and CEO of Portugal Ventures. As an entrepreneur-professor, he co-founded “CHIPIDEA Microelectrónica” in 1997, which he led from a small analog design team to eventually become a world leader in analog/mixed-signal Semiconductor Intellectual Property with over 340 engineers in design centers in Portugal, China, Poland, Belgium, France and Norway. Chipidea was acquired by MIPS Technologies Inc. in 2007. During his academic career as a Professor at Portugal's Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), he founded the Integrated Circuits and Systems Group, and in 1994, the IST Centre of Microsystems. He served as a member of IST’s Executive Council between 1987 and 1991, Vice-President of ITEC (Technology Institute for the European Community), between 1988 and 1991, and was a member of the Senate of the Technical University of Lisbon during 1990 - 1992. In June 2000 he became a Full Professor of IST's Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering.


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    A former member

    Interesting speakers, but need to focus more on the relevance to Stanford students and the Silicon Valley community.

    January 7, 2013

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