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AWARD SPONSOR: Scottish Equity Partners
SEP is a leading UK venture capital company focused on investment for innovation and growth. SEP invests throughout the UK and Ireland in the technology and media sectors, typically taking significant minority stakes in companies at or close to profitability and exhibiting strong revenue growth. The current SEP portfolio comprises over 30 high growth companies including Skyscanner, Matches, Media Ingenuity and WAYN. SEP has invested in over 150 companies, resulting in numerous high value exits and establishing a number of global technology leaders.
PATRON SPONSOR: Northzone
Northzone is a technology investment partnership. With four offices and nine investment professionals across the Nordics and most recently the UK, Northzone’s focus is on disruptive companies in attractive markets. Since its inception in 1996, Northzone has invested in some 75 companies, injecting some 200 years of collective operational and investment experience into businesses that truly make a difference. Notable investments include Lastminute.com, Pricerunner, Spotify, Nextgentel, Funcom, Stepstone, Nimsoft, EPiServer, Avito and Mamut.
PATRON SPONSOR: OLSWANG
Olswang is an International law firm and leader in the technology and digital media sectors. With a reputation for changing the face of business, we differentiate ourselves through delivering insight, innovation and influence to help our clients grow in the TMT sectors.
Established over 30 years ago, our firm has significantly grown to over 700 people, including more than 100 partners, across Asia-Pacific, Continental Europe and the UK. Our growth and enviable client list has resulted in Olswang becoming the law firm of choice for leading entrepreneurs and innovators. Olswang's distinct passion for technology and digital media has cemented Olswang's commanding reputation in these sectors.
Olswang's leading and award winningTMT lawyers are among the brightest and most commercially minded the profession has to offer, evidenced by the close, trusted relationships they inspire.
We deliver insight, innovation and influence to help our clients grow
Nasdaq OMXThe NASDAQ OMX Group owns and operates 26 markets, 3 clearing houses, and 5 central securities depositories, spanning six continents--making us the world’s largest exchange company. Eighteen of our 24 markets trade equities. The other six trade options, derivatives, fixed income, and commodities. We are the largest single liquidity pool for US equities and the power behind 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Eighty exchanges in 50 countries trust our trading technology to power their markets, driving growth in emerging and developed economies.
NASDAQ OMX is also dedicated to designing powerful, relevant index and benchmark families that are in sync with the continually changing market environment. Utilizing the expanded coverage of our global footprint, NASDAQ OMX has nearly 2,000 diverse indexes that provide coverage across asset classes, countries and sectors. Not only do our indexes provide comprehensive insight into the global markets, but our unparalleled process, added value and competitive pricing set us apart from other indexers. Whether you are an institution, fund manager or private investor, NASDAQ OMX indexes are benchmarks that can help both influence and track investment strategies.
PREMIUM SPONSOR: Berenberg
Established in 1590, Berenberg is one of the leading privately owned banks in Europe today, focusing on four operating divisions: Private Banking, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking. The Hamburg-based bank, with a strong presence in London, Zurich and Frankfurt, has 17 offices in Europe, America and Asia and is managed by personally liable partners. With a firm grasp of its traditions, Berenberg has more than 1,100 staff driving its business into the future.
Berenberg opened its London office in 2003 and the Bank’s multi-awarded European equity and economic research team is now based there with over 70 analysts covering 25 sectors. Having established a reputation as a centre of excellence with more than 150 people in the UK, Berenberg launched its Private Banking operations in 2011.
Kemp Little LLP
GOLD SPONSOR: Kemp Little
Kemp Little is a leading law firm specialising in technology and digital media. We are ranked in the top tier for IT by the leading legal directories and praised for our high client service and commercial awareness. Our knowledge and specialist expertise goes deeper than most other firms and this sets us apart. We work with dynamic and innovative businesses which value us for our pragmatic, responsive and cost-effective advice.
We work with companies in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, FTSE 100 plus fast-growing innovative businesses maximising the benefits of technology. We have an enviable client list to rival those of the largest UK law firms. From global technology giants, such as Thomson Reuters, Google and Microsoft to fast-growing businesses including Spotify and Fortune Cookie, our clients value the way we work with them as much as our expertise.
We also help many organisations that increasing rely on technology to deliver their services or produce their products such as those within the professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare sectors. Our understanding of and experience in these sectors coupled with our technology focus makes us the first port of call for many leading players in these areas.
London Stock Exchange
PREMIUM SPONSOR: London Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange Group is Europe's leading diversified exchange business, incorporating Borsa Italiana and the London Stock Exchange. With over 500 member firms trading and more than 3,000 companies quoted across its markets, the Group operates the largest and most liquid equity marketplace in Europe.
The London Stock Exchange itself is the world's most international exchange with more than 600 overseas companies from over 70 countries. These figures include international companies quoted on the AIM, the London Stock Exchange's growth market, and the world's most successful market for small and medium sized enterprises with over 1,200 companies.
Equity investors in companies who seek to transform their industries.
SPONSOR Mutual Benefits
Located in Paris, France, Yann Mauchamp is the founding CEO of MutualBenefits.net, the business advisory network focused on Growth Strategy, Innovation Management and International Development.
Since he created MutualBenefits.net, Yann Mauchamp has personally advised more than 50 startup founding and management teams or their boards on topics such as international expansion, headhunting, scalability, monetization, working with entrepreneurs and their investors.
Most of the companies Yann and his team has advised have outpaced their competition on metrics such as velocity, scalability, year-on-year growth, profitability and successful exits.
Yann is a mentor for Seedcamp, a member of the European board of Astia.org, an ex-President at TechTour, a board member and board advisor for Internet startups.
Prior to MutualBenefits.net, Yann co-founded and led several Internet companies, such as Club-Internet and NewsAlert.