Jury members

Discover the members of the London Jury

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Søren Bjønness is Director and Switzerland Representative for Euronext, supporting Swiss Tech companies and tech ecosystem. He started his career in 1988 in the Royal Norwegian Navy, where he became a Second Lieutenant. His career includes environmental management, corporate banking, securitization and management buy-outs at UBS, Private Equity at 3i, corporate incubation at Sulzer, venture capital at New Value, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at PwC. Søren holds a Degree in Leadership, Organisation, Finance and Economic Policy from the University of Fribourg and completed a doctorate in Leadership and Change in SMEs at the University of Basel. His passion is to develop companies consciously to excel.

Søren Bjønness

EURONEXT

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Gabriele DINI

BREED REPLY

Mr. Gabriele Dini is an Associate Partner at Breed Reply, focusing on early stage European IoT and Deep Tech startups. He has been working in venture capital for more than ten years, leading 18 seed and series A investments and managing over 40 transactions across different sectors, from digital to biotechnology. 

Before moving into VC, Gabriele held research and project management roles in multinational academic and industrial environments (Gambro, Cleveland Clinic Foundation), in Europe and the United States.

Gabriele holds a BEng and MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, complemented by an MBA with focus on strategy and finance (SDA Bocconi) and by a Masters in Finance with a corporate finance concentration (London Business School).

Michele D'ALIESSI

EIT

Michele has 5+ years experience in working with tech startup entrepreneurs to expand their business internationally and scale their operations/sales. In 2015 he successfully launched a new tech product worldwide, negotiated and closed the first sales contracts with Fortune 500 corporates, while setting up and managing global operations and sales at MakrShakr. In 2013 and 2014 Michele released two startups documentaries on YouTube that collectively reached millions of viewers.

His combined technological and business background allows Michele to develop structured and measurable approaches in studying, designing and optimising processes. He is an experienced public speaker and lecturer in technology and entrepreneurship at several business schools.

Areas of interest/expertise: Deep Tech, Startups, Blockchain, Token Economics, Fintech, Robotics, AI.
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Alara BASUL

UKTN

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Alara Basul is UKTN’s Online Editor based in London. She joins UKTN after working for a variety of print and digital publications as well as a news presenter focusing on global events for TRT World. Alara studied at Syracuse University in New York before beginning her career in journalism.

Simon FOX

WHITE HORSE CAPITAL

Experience of many technology start-up / expansion ventures plus numerous capital raising and M&A projects. Learning from your mistakes is a key mantra - I have made many of them so I have learnt lots!. Confidence in how to do things correctly is best gained through experiencing the results of doing them badly.

Specialties: Equity funding, M&A, Go-to-market planning, sales execution and motivational management specifically oriented around the broad technology space. Assisting smart management teams operating in a variety of sectors raise growth finance.
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David SCHREITER

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AETHON PARTNERS

David was a Director at the investment bank Robert W. Baird where he advised on numerous transactions across the industrial, consumer, business services and distribution sectors in Europe. Before that, David gained significant experience in corporate finance while working for Raiffeisen Investment’s Energy & Utilities Team in exclusive cooperation with Lazard. His passion for working with investors and entrepreneurs has been the driving force in his career, allowing him to build a strong business network. As a personal investor in startups, David also sees and analyses a constant stream of new opportunities. He lives in London and is a non-executive director for a fintech venture in the UK.

Christophe is the founder and CEO of 5M Ventures, which is a french accelerator of startups. 5M Ventures has invested in 15 French and Sspanisch companies so far, and helped to finance 27 other companies in the last 18 months, with a focus on BtoC, CtoC, BtoBtoC, pre-serie A, or Serie A. Prior to that Christophe, who fluently speaks french, english and german, was CEO of renowned Media Companies in France and Germany, and started his career as an investment banker.

Christophe MONTAGUE

5M VENTURES

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Jean-Hervé de Lencquesain

White Star Capital

Jean-Herve is a senior associate at White Star Capital, investing in and working with entrepreneurs across Europe. Jean-Herve recently joined from the New York office where he closely worked on enterprise software and fintech US investments such as TheGuarantors, Drop, Unacast and Spatial.
Prior to White Star Capital, Jean was an investment banker at Citigroup in NYC. During this time he worked within the structured finance team and the technology team where he provided corporate finance, M&A and capital markets advisory globally, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He covered enterprise software, internet, IT services and fintech companies.
Jean graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree, majoring in Economics. While at Cornell, Jean interned at Rothschild & Co in New York and Nogal Asesorias Financieras in Bogota, Colombia, and worked on various startup projects.
Born and raised in Paris, Jean speaks fluent English and French, and has been living in New York for 10 years prior to his move to London.

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Lina Wenner

Firstminute Capital 

Lina is a Principal at firstminute capital, a London-based $100M seed fund backed by 30 unicorn founders and Tencent. She joined firstminute from the Boston Consulting Group in 2017, as the first member of the investment team. At firstminute, Lina leads on sourcing for the Nordic and German speaking regions and has a strong interest in digital health (particularly femtech), SaaS and robotics . Lina has led on more than 10 investments in the firstminute portfolio and sits on the board of Elephant Healthcare (digital health), Karakuri (robotic food preparation), Evolution AI (NLP & AI), WeVat (Fintech) and Infraspeak (facility management software).  

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Victor Guixer

Guixer & Partners

Serial entrepreneur with 7 years of experience working in international environments for European & US companies. Particular industry experience about strategy and business development in Technology and Capital Markets.

Founder of Guixer & Partners. Helping startups, corporates and Single Family Offices to handle emerging technologies investments and innovation to create positive impact beyond capital around United Nations SDGs.

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Victor Guixer

Serial entrepreneur with 7 years of experience working in international environments for European & US companies. Particular industry experience about strategy and business development in Technology and Capital Markets.

Founder of Guixer & Partners. Helping startups, corporates and Single Family Offices to handle emerging technologies investments and innovation to create positive impact beyond capital around United Nations SDGs.

Pier Paolo Mucelli

eOffice

Pier Paolo Mucelli is a London based entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup mentor. 
His main business is eOffice, the first coworking concept in Europe which he co-founded in 2002. eOffice is a modern workplace offering sociable, business setting geared to vibrant, like-minded startups and entrepreneurs, in a number of Central London locations, including Soho, Fitzrovia, Holborn. 
Pier is active in the UK and European startup community and he is part of Tech London Advocates group. Pier is the co-founder of TechItalia, a community encompassing 3,000 professionals working in tech in London, and TechItaliaLab the first acceleration programme which supports Italian companies interested in expanding, launching internationally and raising investment in the UK. 
Pier supports the charities and organisations Founders4Schools, onepercentclub.com, Charity Water, House of St Barnabas, and Leighton House Museum in Holland Park.

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James Devlin is an Investor in Eight Roads Fintech Strategic Investments team which backs and acquires innovative strategic financial services companies & technologies. James joined Eight Roads after 4 years at Fidelity International working in London & Singapore.

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James Devlin

Eight Roads

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