Hanns-Peter Wiese (GLSV and Viretum): Now I advise startups and help them in devising the business plans, pitch decks, drafts for presentations.
Hanns-Peter Wiese is Partner at Global Life Science Ventures and Owner of Viretum Consult. He has experience in private equity and life science venture capital, which he gained investing in Europe and the United States. His exposure to early stage investing in the life sciences reaches back to 1996 when he advised HypoVereinsbank. He entered into venture capital in Germany in the late 80s. He was also an Investment Controller with 3i Investors in Industry plc. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? You always need to understand where your strengths and weaknesses are. My strengths are in investing and in helping companies grow. I’ve got an MBA and the whole of my working career I’ve been actively doing business in many different industry sectors. I started in early 90s with 3i, it is a British multinational private equity and venture capital company, […]
Daniel Saunders (L Marks): Programs that we run are very much about identifying challenges and themes within organizations that are open to disruption
Daniel Saunders is Early Stage Investor and Chief Executive at L Marks. He is a technologist-turned-investor and an experienced advisor in applied innovation. He has worked with dozens of global industry leaders, identifying and implementing pioneering technologies. As a software engineer with an MSc in Computer Science, he previously held senior roles at Symbian OS, acquired by Nokia, and Global Research and Consulting, acquired by ICAP plc. For almost 20 years, he has designed, discovered, or integrated the latest technological advances into large complex organizations. Immediately prior to L Marks, Daniel served as Chief of Staff for Economic Development at the Israeli Embassy. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? My background is in technology, I’m a software developer by training. I spent a few years in finance, then I worked for the government, before L Marks. So, it was a mix of […]
Nicole Glaros (Techstars): There are about 26,000 applicants for Techstars every single year, there were 518 transactions last year, and over $2.5B was invested.
Nicole Glaros is Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars. She’s spent over 15 years working with and funding early-stage web software companies. She’s an expert in growing global organizations, building startup ecosystems, working with early stage startups, venture capital, and more. She sits on boards, has invested in over 90 companies. Entrepreneur Magazine called her “One of the 7 most powerful women to watch”. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I stumbled into it, to be honest. I started my first company when I was in college, and it ended up being a pretty good exit for me. But at the time I started the business through bootstrapping – I just didn’t know there was such thing as equity financing. I started the next two companies using the proceeds I’d generated after the sale of my first business. Neither one of those […]
William Goulding (Arbor Ventures): We’re a global fund, interested in SEA, Middle East and Israel, and the US.
William Goulding is FinTech VC Analyst at Arbor Ventures. Before joining Arbor, he founded Skipiit during his final year of college, a Fintech and AdTech platform that significantly boosted revenue at hospitality venues. He raised $400k from angels and scaled the platform from Washington DC to New York. Since then, he has helped source exciting US and UK startups for an Asian private equity firm. He brings a passion for technology and real startup operating experience. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I was at university studying International Affairs in Washington, DC, at an entrepreneurship course. To pitch a business as part of a competition, and I already had this idea for a mobile payments company. While I was doing an internship in a bank in London, I ended up pitching the manager of the bank, whose daughter had raised $10M from […]
Maciej Sadowski (StarFinder Capital Fund): Before you meet an investor make three evenings long sessions of understanding your market. It is simple and requires only Google. Sometimes it costs $15 but usually, it is $0
Maciej Sadowski is co-founder and CEO of the Startup Hub Poland Foundation (2012), which advocates innovative Central Eastern European high-tech talents in starting up a global venture in Poland. He is Activist of the high-tech startup industry supporting talents in finding investment and proliferating their solutions. Maciej is IP transfer specialist and R&D commercialization panel expert. In SHP Maciej searches for best early-stagers from all hard-tech and IP-based sectors. For best teams the Foundation prepared a soft landing program, non-equ grants to €50k and exclusive VC/industry bootcamps. In 2013 Maciej Sadowski worked as a due diligence analyst in a Israeli-Polish VC, Giza Polish Ventures and later as an investment manager and Managing Partner in two seed-VC ([email protected], StarFinder VC). Maciej worked on ~60 investment processes, invested in 14 hard tech startups. 13 out of 14 attracted next round of financing, from which 3 brought to Poland additional international investment capital […]
Basil Moftah (Global Ventures): We look at companies in the Middle East and Africa. Sometimes we look at the US, Asian, and European companies expanding into the region.
Basil Moftah is a general partner at Global Ventures. He was the President of the Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) division at Thomson Reuters. He repositioned IP&S as a platform business by integrating its content and technology into a single micro-services architecture. He then prepared the business for sale to Onex PE in Canada. Prior to this position, Basil managed emerging markets for Reuters. He successfully grew the business organically, through strategic acquisitions, including the purchase of Zawya in the Middle East. He was a founding advisor for Reach Mentoring. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? It’s an interesting story. When I first started my career in 1997, I joined the company that I guess I didn’t know very much then, called Reuters, which was a news agency and seemed to be very interesting to me, global, etc. I was on the […]
Marc Penkala (Mountain Partners): Never go alone. Surround yourself with people which are better than you
Marc Penkala joined MP in 2013. He is responsible for the international deal flow as well as the execution and the global roll-out management. Prior to his time with MP, Marc gained more than five years of entrepreneurial experience by founding two companies. Previously, Marc worked as the assistant to the executive board of Bilfinger Berger AG and assistant to the CEO of Rollbo Transport GmbH. Marc studied business administration at Freie Universität Berlin, University of New South Wales Sydney, LSE PKU Beijing and CBL Business School Dubai with a focus on international taxation, strategic management and entrepreneurship. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I’m coming from an entrepreneurial background. I founded two companies before I actually started doing venture capital. The first company was completely offline, which I actually managed to sell in the first year of university. I was very […]
Damien Lane (Episode 1 Ventures): Hire ahead of the growth of your company. Hire business leaders earlier than you think you should do, because you need people with experience of managing 50 people
Damien Lane has spent the last 20 years investing in private companies, both in Private Equity where he was a partner with Electra Partners, then at Octopus Ventures where he was a senior member of the investment team. Having made a number of angel investments, Damien co-founded Episode 1 with Simon and Adrian in 2012. While at Episode 1, Damien has led investments in Carwow, Scurri, Touch Surgery, Attest and Zipcube and loves working with early-stage teams of entrepreneurs; helping them develop their early-stage startup into fast-growth enterprises capable of raising more funding from later-stage investors. When he is not trying to help businesses to implement an optimal approach to growth, Damien can mostly be found running around Hampstead Heath or the Coastal paths of Great Britain. Having trained obsessively to run a 2:52 Marathon in 2015, he is now trying to dip below 2:50, in the spirit of continuous […]
Raphael Christian-Roy (Front Row Ventures at Real Ventures): We have AI companies that are optimizing drug development, and we have a startup that develops a new type of fuel to send microsatellites in orbit.
Raphael Christian-Roy is Director of Front Row Ventures at Real Ventures. He is one of the three co-founders of Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-led venture capital fund. He joined the Real team in 2017 to build and grow the FRV fund across Canada. He is an entrepreneur since childhood, he went from owning a car garage to a window-cleaning business to a tech startup — all before he hit twenty. Before FRV, he spent two years working as a Product Manager at Volume7, a digital product agency that partners with forward-thinking startups and companies. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I have actually come from an entrepreneurial background. I’m a software engineer, I graduated in software engineering in Montreal, Canada, and studied also at Stanford in the US in California. So it was both an entrepreneurial and VC journey. When I […]
Václav Gregor (Soulmates Ventures): If people are seeing things as negative, then it’s time to step back and think about why do they feel like things are bad. Because they never are
Václav has discovered that even though the amount of information and options available can be overwhelming these days, we are still much better off than we were 10 or 15 years ago. Today, despite his young age, Václav have skills and experience that people in the past had to wait decades to gain, due to the relatively restrictive structure of the traditional corporate world and its limited opportunities. If he’d have to list the most important skill he’s gained, it would be that he get things done. As simple as this sounds, it is an invaluable asset for him when working in/with 8 or 9 figure companies and it has allowed him to skyrocket in his career, both as an executive and as an entrepreneur. This experience has given him a whole new outlook on life. He’s also been able to create a network of top business professionals and industry […]