The event focuses on bringing together leading investors, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and associations spearheading innovation and change in the United Kingdom. The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring prominent investors, innovators, and thought leaders from the UK startup ecosystem who will talk about UK's Venture Capital landscape. The discussion will be followed by pitches from 5-7 early to growth-stage tech startups from the country.
Ana Paula has professional experience from working in private equity and family offices to government institutions and start-ups in the agri-food tech, life science, renewable energy, and SaaS sectors. She likes to volunteer as a mentor at accelerators to evaluate and guide science and technology start-ups.
She has participated at MassChallenge, the Impulse Programme for Tech Innovators, and the EIT Food Accelerator Network. She holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Chemical Engineering.
Ajay is a founding partner at Happiness Ventures. Happiness Ventures invests in early stage technology companies lead by entrepreneurs who have a passion and mission to make the world a happier place. With $480mm under management, the fund group concentrates on both early stage (Seed and Series A) start-ups and growth stage companies. HappinessVentures invests with a long-term view and supports our startups throughout their entire lifecycle. Prior to founding Happiness Ventures, Ajay had a successful career as a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits and was an active angel investor.
John is a venture capital investment professional with a track record across healthcare, as a physician, research scientist, and technology entrepreneur. With an engineering and life sciences background, his focus spans healthtech and biotech. John leads a global team of Venture Analysts as a Principal at GoingVC and has published widely. He developed an implantable biotech device as a neuroscience PhD student at Oxford University, leading him down the path as a serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor. He took a leading role at Specsavers to support their global expansion into hearing care and was appointed national NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.
John holds a degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Imperial College London, an undergraduate degree in engineering, and has held innovation and research roles at the World Health Organization, National University Hospital Singapore, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Harvard University.
An entrepreneur at heart and grit, Mohsin Syed has over twenty years of international experience leading diverse, global, business development and strategy teams for various multinational corporations. A big believer in empathy at the center of everything he pursues; from the businesses he helps launch and build, to the employees, customers and partners he works with. In his present role as EVP and Chief Startup Officer at KiwiTech, he leads one of a kind startup program that is currently home to 400+ early to late stage startups across a dozen verticals.