#DeepTech Funding Forum and Startup Showcase

#DeepTech Funding Forum and Startup Showcase

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:30 - 21:00
Added by: Marina Atarova | Type: Networking Event | Price: Free
Tickets available: 8 (100 total)
European deep tech and the real pioneering innovation - from artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality to big data analytics and chip design - are attracting record levels of activity and investment in the past few years, according to Atomico’s report:
  • Startups focusing on deep technology raised $1.3 billion of European venture investments in 2015 from just $289 million in 2011.
  • The largest U.S. tech companies -- Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — are making at least one acquisition a month between the start of 2014 and the end of September 2016.
  • Technology specialists and venture capital investors are betting on the need to power more technically complicated consumer and industrial apps.

Join to learn from the leading venture capital investors and founders about ‘The Future of DeepTech’. The panel will begin with a quick introduction, followed by a 45-minute discussion covering the progression of 'Deep Technology' and its present challenges. There will be a Q&A session where the audience has a chance to ask the panellists questions.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Imperial Innovations and Imperial White City Incubator.



Agenda:

6.30pm Networking
7.00pm Panel Discussion
8.00pm Networking

Agenda:

6.30pm Networking

7.00pm Panel Discussion

8.00pm Networking and Mini Startup Expo 

Panelists:

James Bruegger Managing Partner at Seraphim Capital. James has been working in London’s innovation community since 2001 as an entrepreneur, strategy consultant and venture capitalist, having started, advised and invested in 40+ companies in UK, Europe, US and India. As Managing Partner at Seraphim Capital, James has spent the last decade investing in early stage deep tech companies with a focus on A.I., IoT, and more recently space tech.

Nare Vardanyan is a former UN official who is now the Founder of Mindbin Technologies - an A.I assistant for mental health. She speaks 11 languages and is currently investing in A.I. Machine Learning seed stage businesses. Nare has been endorsed as an exceptional talent by Tech City UK and Entrepreneur First.

Thomas Gere is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with experience in China and Europe. From a background in blue chip companies - with expertise in engineering and 3D design - Thomas recently founded The Realities Centre in London to help accelerate innovation in the AR/VR space. The centre is focused on incubation and co-working specifically for the AR/VR industry with events, courses and mixed reality production.

Dr. Mark Reilly is the Head of the Technology Portfolio at IP Group plc, one of the UK’s leading intellectual property commercialisation specialists. He has invested in, and played a key role in the growth of some of the UK’s most exciting deep tech start-ups including Ultrahaptics Ltd, Mirriad Ltd and Actual Experience plc. He has also overseen successful IP Group exits such as mobile software company Overlay Media (sold to inMobi in 2012) and AIM-listed Tracsis plc.

Martin Szummer is a machine learning specialist who has been building his expertise for over fifteen years; he obtained his Computer Science Ph.D. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and spent ten years working as a Researcher at Microsoft, where he authored over 20 academic publications and developed new algorithms for deep learning. He is currently a Research Scientist at Google DeepMind.