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Upstream is an exciting new network, bringing together people from the global companies, tech and creative start-ups/scaleups who call Hammersmith & Fulham home.
Join us if you:
• lead or work in a start-up or scale-up
• want to champion a more entrepreneurial style of working
• have entrepreneurial ambitions
• want to meet other entrepreneurs in this borough

Upcoming events (2)

Money Talks features: Matt Goldstein - M12, MICROSOFT'S VENTURE FUND

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/money-talks-features-matt-goldstein-m12-microsofts-venture-fund-tickets-109626092594 Tech startup seeking investment? Come listen to & get in front of Matt Goldstein, Partner & UK Head of M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund. Upstream & Imperial College London's White City Incubator are delighted to announce that the next speaker in Upstream's Money Talks series is Matt Goldstein, Partner and Head of UK M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund. Matt will discuss where and why M12 has invested, what it looks for in its investments and top tips for those who want to get his attention! The talk will last around 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A. About Matt Goldstein: Matt leads investments in SaaS, cybersecurity and frontier technology companies, including the blockchain, drone and 3D printing sectors. Previously he was a principal at Trinity Ventures, focused on SaaS and cybersecurity. He began his career as a technology consultant for Fortune 500 insurance and telecommunications clients before joining an early-stage automotive startup that raised $110 million in venture capital to build a new American car company. Matt has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Pomona College. About M12: M12 is Microsoft's Venture Fund. It is an independent, financially-driven early-stage VC investor in B2B startups across North America, Europe, Israel and India. Since 2016 they have invested over $500m into 80+ companies. They lead rounds, coinvest with other VCs, and help their startups achieve more via unparalleled access to Microsoft. Money Talks is where Upstream connects the tech community with angels, VCs and other investors and advisers in the funding ecosystem. We are pleased to partner with Imperial College London's White City Incubator for this event.

How to sell a business for £200m: Mark Sanders, Executive Chairman of ScaleSpace

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-sell-a-business-for-200m-meet-mark-sanders-executive-chairman-of-tickets-111138139166 Come along to meet Mark Sanders, an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience who as CEO of a fintech company, exited the business when it was sold for £200m in 2016. Drawing on this experience, Mark has since then supported startup growth across the UK, setting up innovation hubs in London, Manchester, Nottingham in his role as chief executive of Accelerate Places (part of venture builder Blenheim Chalcot). In addition, he is playing a pivotal role in the tech scaleup scene, as executive chairman of ScaleSpace, a White City-based joint venture between Blenheim Chalcot and Imperial College London which launches this autumn. In this fireside chat, we’ll explore how Mark got to where he is today, the journey he took to get there, plus the challenges and lessons he’s learnt along the way. Throughout Mark’s career, he has been involved in what he describes as “innovational growth”. A veteran of the UK financial services industries, his career included senior roles at First Direct, Lloyds TSB and Capital One. At the last, he established its personal loan and savings business in the UK and wasVP for Service Operations across all of its European product offerings. Mark’s support of start-up and scale up businesses has given him extensive knowledge of the scaling industry and a rich, personal insight into the challenges of growth and what he believes are the key ingredients to successful scaling.

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