2018 Judges

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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.

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).

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.


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.

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.

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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