2018 Judges

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Jean Bourcereau - Ventech

JeanJean is a Managing Partner with Ventech, and has been investing in the Internet, Mobile and Communication Infrastructure sectors since 2000. He brings to the team his expertise in this area as well as knowledge of these industries’ business models and key actors. Jean serves as a board member for Crocus Technology, Ekinops (EKI), Intercloud, Ogury, and Unilend. He was instrumental in many of Ventech’s investments, including Altitude Télécoms (ILD), Arteris (QCOM), Ateme (ATEME), Musiwave (MSFT), Muzicall (RNWK), Wengo (VIV) or Withings (NOK).

Richard Brass - Berenberg


Richard Brass, Head of Private Banking UK, Berenberg, IVUK Founder Richard, Head of Private Banking UK joined Berenberg in June 2011 from Schroders Private Banking. Richard began his career in corporate finance having initially qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG. He went on to co-found the European office of the transatlantic corporate finance firm, Compass Advisers before spending two years in emerging markets with Montpelier Asset Management. Richard is Director and non-family trustee of The Montpelier Foundation and Founder of Impact Ventures UK, an award winning social enterprise investment fund. He is a Chairman of the Arts Impact Fund and Board Director and member of the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Richard sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Family Business and is a member of the Family Business Steering Committee for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Richard is recognised by Spears as one of the top 50 UHNW Wealth Managers in Britain and is featured on the Citywealth Private Bankers & Investment Managers Honours List

James Brocket - Calibre One

_W9A6605James is a co-Founder and Managing Partner of Calibre One and manages the firm’s activities in the EMEA region, based in London. With over 20 years of experience, his major focus has been on recruiting at Board and C-level for businesses headquartered in Europe. He works closely with the private equity community and is a trusted advisor to a number of funds. He has also managed a vast number of leadership assignments for US companies across the EMEA region. Outside of work he is an active angel investor in tech companies, a parent to twin boys and an avid sports enthusiast (anything, but especially golf and rugby).

Matthew Caffrey - Livingbridge

Matt CaffreyMatt joined Livingbridge in October 2005 from Rothschild.  He has worked on numerous transactions nationally and leads the Livingbridge TMT team nationally.

Deals include:  Exclaimer, Southern Communications, Metronet, Redbox Recorders, Quantix and Scriptswitch


George Coelho - Quadia Venture

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George Coelho is Co-Founder of Quadia Ventures, an investment manager specialized in social and environmental finance. With close to USD 150 million invested in over 25 companies, projects and funds, Quadia is a leading and pioneering impact investor. Previously he was Chairman of Octo Telematics, Ltd. Coelho also co-founded the European arm of Benchmark Capital, now known as Balderton Capital, a leading venture capital firm. Before Benchmark, he was a founder of Intel Capital, the strategic venture capital arm of Intel Corporation.

Coelho has wide investment experience ranging from early-stage start-ups to public companies and has been involved in more than 100 investments worldwide. Sample transactions where he has been an early investor include: Broadcom and Citrix (US), PCCW (China), Trend Micro (Japan) and Betfair, LoveFilm, ZOPA and Wonga (UK). Coelho has successfully brought companies to flotation on stock exchanges throughout the world. Today these companies represent over $50 Billion in market capitalization.

Coelho holds a B.S. from The American University and an MBA from The George Washington University. He has been a Trustee of The George Washington University (2008-2016) and remains on the Councils of the School of Business, The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and the GW Sustainability Collaborative. He is on the Zurich Committee of Human Rights Watch and a lifetime Fellow of the RSA. In 2011 he was awarded the Polish State medal, Pro Memoria.


Kerstin Cooley - MOOR

Kerstin-CooleyKerstin Cooley is CEO of MOOR, a private investment firm founded by Kaj Hed, majority shareholder in Rovio. MOOR is an early-stage investor focused on digital opportunities springing out of the Nordics. Previously, Kerstin held senior positions in SEB’s hedge fund practice, investing in start-up hedge funds and developing alternative investment products for institutional clients. With 20 years’ experience in the financial/IT industry, she started her career at Silicon Valley-based Echelon. In 1998, Kerstin co-founded global integrated communications agency Cognito, and spent eight years at Trema Group, managing M&A transactions and the company’s consulting organisation in the US. Kerstin holds a Master of Science from Umeå School of Business and Economics.

James Doran - TCV

John is a General Partner in London and a founding member of TCV’s European investment efforts. He focuses on investments in the software, internet, and fintech sectors. John’s current investments include Believe, Brillen.de, NewVoiceMedia, Perfecto, The Pracuj Group, and WorldRemit. John was previously an investor at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments across software, internet, and financial technology. He started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and later moved to New York.

John left his native Ireland more than 20 years ago and has lived and worked in the U.S, Asia and now Europe. Prior to joining the investment world, John competed on the men’s ATP Tennis Tour and was a member of the Irish Davis Cup team between 1996 and 2004. He is a sports fanatic and has competed in tennis, rugby, football, squash, and Gaelic football. These days, John mostly plays on the playground with his young family and enjoys watching the occasional Manchester United match.

John received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Harvard College.


Chris Grew - Orrick

Chris Grew heads up the London technology practice at Orrick, a leading US law firm. Orrick has one of the foremost practices for emerging growth technology companies in the US, Europe and Asia.

Chris is recognised for his expertise in advising technology and emerging growth companies in venture capital transactions, IPOs and cross-border M&A and is one of the foremost authorities on European venture capital transactions having completed more than 50 venture investments in the last year alone.

Manish Madhvani - GP Bullhound


Manish Madhvani is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound. Manish has executed M&A and capital raising transactions since 1997, involving some of the best known global internet, software and media companies, including: Spotify, King.com, The Telegraph, WPP, Concentrix, Fjord, eCommera, Handbag, Hearst Corporation, Accenture, Newscorp and Experian. Manish who was selected as one of the top 40 dealmakers globally by M&A Advisor, started his career at Barclays Capital’s Private Equity team.

He has advised the Treasury on Entrepreneurship and graduated from Southampton University with an LLB in Law / MA in Marketing. Manish is currently Chairman of the Investor Allstars and Media Momentum judging panels and is a regular speaker / panellist at conferences including Digital Hollywood, The Global E-commerce Summit, TiE, Internet World, Red Herring, BVCA and EVCA.

Hans Otterling - Northzone

Hans Cropped 3Hans Otterling is General Partner of Northzone since 2006. Prior to joining Northzone, Mr Otterling was active as an entrepreneur in Europe and USA. He founded StreamServe Inc. in 1997, (backed by Apax London) grew to become one of the largest privately held software companies in Europe before it was sold to OpenText (Nasdaq). Mr. Otterling is also the founder of Waymaker which revolutionized the field of Investor Relations in Scandinavia sold to Cision (NasdaqOMX).

Hans holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and University of Massachusetts (Fulbright scholar). You are most likely to find him in London, Stockholm or Berlin.

Northzone has raised 8 funds to date, and has some €900 million under management. Portfolio includes companies like Spotify, Trustpilot, MarketInvoice, Klarna and iZettle. The fund has a team of 10 investment professionals and offices in London, Stockholm, New York and Oslo.

Alastair Peet - Shoosmiths

Alastair Peet is a corporate partner at national law firm Shoosmiths LLP, specialising in venture capital and private equity transactions. He leads the firm’s national Venture and Growth Capital team advising founders and companies as well as institutions such as Octopus Ventures, BGF and Oxford Capital. He has led more than 50 VC deals in the past twelve months, many involving VCT investment, from seed deals, series A and through to exit and listing. In Chambers UK 2017, clients describe Alastair as “absolutely exceptional” and praise his “commercial sense.”

John Rosenberg - TCV

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John joined TCV in 2000 and leads the firm’s European efforts. His primary investment focus is in the software, Internet, and financial technology sectors. John currently serves on the boards of Believe Digital, Dough, Elevate, NewVoiceMedia and WorldRemit. He was also actively involved in TCV’s investments in Automated Trading Desk, Capella Education, FinancialForce.com, FXAll, Interactive Brokers, kgb (118-118), Orbitz, Spotify, Thinkorswim, and Travelport, among others.

Prior to joining TCV, John was a Business Development Manager at WeddingChannel.com where he focused on strategic development and financial reporting activities. John started his career as an Analyst in the technology investment banking group at Robertson Stephens & Company in San Francisco. John also previously served on the board of Rocketship Education, a non-profit public school system for low-income elementary students.

John received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University.

Lucian Schönefelder - KKR

Lucian Schönefelder - KKRLucian Schönefelder (London) is a Director at KKR. He is heading up KKR’s growth equity and internet & digital media private equity activities in Europe/Israel. Since joining KKR in 2007, Lucian has played leadership roles in KKR’s investments in Trainline, Scout24, Fotolia, BMG Rights Management, Darktrace, GetYourGuide, Optimal+, Clicktale, Arago, ProSiebenSat.1 and Duales System Deutschland. He is currently serving on the boards of Trainline, Arago, Clicktale, GetYourGuide and Optimal+.

Lucian is also the Founder of KarmaWings, a non-profit online platform, and PeStudents, an initiative that helps top students from all around the world to connect with the private equity industry. Lucian holds a MSc in Economics as well as a PhD (summa cum laude) from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and UT Austin.

Alexis Scorer – GP Bullhound

Alexis is an Executive Director at GP Bullhound. He has broad experience across the technology industry and has led successful M&A transactions in sectors including software, IT services, telecoms, internet and digital media.

Prior to joining GP Bullhound, Alexis was Director of corporate development at Experian where he was responsible for deal origination and execution for the EMEA region. He previously spent more than 10 years working in the technology sector and held international Corporate Development roles at HP Enterprise Services and EDS, where he worked on numerous acquisitions and divestments across Europe.

Alexis holds a BSc Joint Hons. in International Management and Modern Languages from the University of Bath and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.

Rory Stirling - BGF Ventures

Rory StirlingRory Stirling(@rorystirling) is a founding Partner of BGF Ventures, the UK’s largest fund dedicated to backing early stage UK technology companies. Launched in 2015, BGF Ventures’ current investments include NewVoiceMedia, ROLI, Gousto and Marvel.

Before launching BGF Ventures, Rory was a partner at MMC Ventures where he invested in software companies including Masabi and Reevoo, marketplace companies including Appear Here and Love Home Swap, and consumer internet companies such as Pact and Tyres on the Drive. Before becoming an investor Rory had his own angel-backed start-up and before that, was an investment banker at Greenhill & Co.


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