2018 Sponsors

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GP Bullhound



GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound


Bonhill plc




Bonhill Group plc is an information, data and events company specialising in the technology, finance and diversity sectors. It award-winning magazines and content, engaging and responsive websites, exciting event and highly acclaimed research touch millions of small businesses, entrepreneurs, IT Professionals, investors and professional women as well as advisers and suppliers. Alongside its flagship media brands, Bonhill Group plc hosts a series of high-profile and prestigious live events that bring together thousands of business, technology and finance decision-makers. These include the Women in IT Global Tech series, Investor Allstars, the Quoted Company Awards and the British Small Business Awards among others.


Premium Sponsor



With more than 1,800 technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for its experience as a specialist adviser to high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the industry. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of intimate work with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace.

Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 25 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients – wherever they are in the world.

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Award Sponsors


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank with global reach, offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


berenbergBerenberg is the world’s second-oldest bank, founded in 1590. Headquartered in Hamburg, we have been servicing clients for more than 420 years. We have a unique ownership structure, being family and privately owned and led by three managing partners who have unlimited liability which extends for a further five years after their retirement. Such a structure allows for long-term, entrepreneurial thinking aligned to our clients. Today, Berenberg is a modern and full-service private, investment and corporate bank with an integrated approach to private and institutional clients. We are financially strong with a core capital ratio of 14.4 per cent and assets under management of some €28.2 billion. Our 1,116 employees operate in 17 locations across eight countries: Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, China and the US.

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Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international law firm which has been at the forefront of tech innovations since its origins. Our core focus is on emerging disruptive technologies and industries transformed by its use. We advise some of the most innovative companies in the technology sector, from pioneering start-ups to longstanding tech giants.

Our venture capital experts advise investors, companies, founders and growth debt providers at every stage of the funding cycle. We are truly global, with over 2,000 people working as a single, cohesive team across 28 offices in Australia, Belgium, Chain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UAE and the UK. Our VC experts are well known to leading industry investors across Europe, Asia and the US.

Calibre One

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We specialise in building leadership teams for technology businesses and businesses across all sectors undergoing digital transformation. Operating from offices in London, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Boston, New York, Stanford, Singapore, and Shanghai, we are the only boutique search firm with a truly global presence. 

We combine the feel and culture of a boutique with the scale, geographic reach and global contact network that have long been thought of as unique features of the ‘Big-5’ search firms. 

Our network is vast and extends to the very highest echelons of many of the World’s leading companies. This network, developed over nearly 20 years, is one of our greatest assets and helps us to deliver outstanding results for our clients across the globe.




Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

The firm is known for working with startups to launch dynamic new ventures and take them forward. We have been at it since the venture industry began, having formed America’s first venture fund in Silicon Valley in 1958 and having launched in Palo Alto in 1980. Though we started as a California firm, our roots extend deep into every single innovation centre in the United States and London, Shanghai and Beijing. We provide sophisticated counsel to venture capital funds and VC-backed emerging companies in connection with their fundraising, governance and investment activities.

Cooley has 900 lawyers across 13 offices in the United States, China and Europe.



Intechnica helps companies increase value and reduce risk through excellent use of technology. Based in Manchester and London, Intechnica assess, design and build high performance digital technology. Created from over 10 years’ working with growth businesses large and small, the Intechnica Digital Blueprint is a market leading benchmark for assessing real world best practice. Intechnica’s Consulting, Data Science and Software Development services help businesses deliver real growth.
Intechnica has incubated Netacea – AI based protection from account takeover, bot attacks and traffic surges.



Shoosmiths LLP is one of the most active law firms in the VC market, advising on more than 100 VC deals across the UK in the past 12 months, including the Octopus Ventures led $26m investment in Digital Shadows and Matillion’s $20m series B financing.

What sets us apart is our national VC coverage with expert teams in the major regional markets of London, Oxfordshire and Thames Valley, Birmingham and the Midlands, Leeds, Manchester, the South Coast, and Scotland, giving our clients the benefits of accessibility, strong market connections, and fresh thinking across the UK tech scene. We also benefit from our market-leading EIS and VCT tax advisory experts working as an integrated team with our focused VC transactional lawyers.  This combination enables us to provide intuitive and commercial legal solutions to meet clients’ exact aims and helps to make Shoosmiths ‘invested’ – developing bespoke solutions for investors, entrepreneurs and management teams which others assume are not achievable.



Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing’s international Corporate Technology practices has offices in many of the major tech hubs: Silicon Valley, London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Singapore.  We act for some of the largest, and most innovative, tech organisations in the world, as they seek to diversify their assets and adapt to disruption.  We see all sides of the investment dialogue, acting for companies through their lifecycle.  This gives us a unique viewpoint of the tech sector.  We are the only Venture Capital firm to be ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers & Partners UK 2018.


Withers tech

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Withers tech (formerly JAG Shaw Baker) is a unique new legal offering for entrepreneurs, investors, and technology companies across the world. Leveraging Withers’ international presence, Withers tech offers tech clients a full array of services, such as employment, tax, immigration, real estate, litigation and US corporate structuring.

Media Partner


WIRED is recognised as the multimedia authority on the future, delivering to smart, intellectually curious readers the latest thinking and developments in science, technology, culture and business with ground-breaking photography and design. Since launch in 2009, WIRED has won a host of awards including BSME Editor of the Year for Technology 2017, Technology Magazine of the Year, Cover of the Year and overall Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, PPA Media Brand of the Year for Consumer Magazines in 2013, the BSME Art Director of the Year for Consumer Magazines in 2013 and the BSME Editor of the Year Award for Special Interest Magazines in 2012. The WIRED enhanced digital edition iPad app was in the top five ranked titles in the consumer magazine lifestyle category as selected by iMonitor in 2013. WIRED has a combined print and digital circulation of 50,024 (ABC Jul-Dec 2017) and unique users to the website total 2,888,075 (Google analytics Jan-Mar 2018). WIRED Events is designed to cut through the noise and deliver insights into what’s coming next across a range of areas. Events include WIRED Health, WIRED Smarter, WIRED LIVE and WIRED Next Generation. WIRED Consulting uses the collective power and intelligence of WIRED’s network to help organisations adapt to the fourth industrial revolution.

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