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The network to support 50 of the UK’s most pioneering, late stage tech companies

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Future Fifty

Future Fifty Suite

Delivered by a dedicated team within Tech City UK, Future Fifty supports 50 of the UK’s most pioneering late stage tech companies. Successful alumni include ao.comJust Eat, Shazam and Skyscanner.

Key Benefits:

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knowledge through workshops and summits for you and your executives, led by global experts

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key contacts in UK government and its business support services, including DIT and UKVI

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your brand through a range of promotional opportunities with Tech City UK

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with other high growth digital businesses, learn from shared experiences, build your network
Background

Future Fifty Requirements

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You have achieved a net revenue of £5m+ over the last 12 months

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You can demonstrate net revenue growth by annual average of 30% over last 2 years

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LOCATION 

You are a UK headquartered company

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Future Fifty: The Facts


Here’s how Future Fifty companies have fared, since joining the programme.

3

$ Billion Raised Collectively Since Joining Future Fifty

14

Mergers & Acquisitions

5

IPOs

23,000

People Employed

Future Fifty Advisory Panel

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Alex McCracken
Silicon Valley Bank UK
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Alex McCracken
Silicon Valley Bank UK

Alex is Managing Director in Silicon Valley Bank UK and delivers financial services and growth loans to technology companies. Alex has over 18 years’ experience in financing technology companies at all stages of growth and has been involved in delivering £500m+ of financing to UK SME’s.

 

Alex was previously Investment Manager at TTP Ventures venture capital fund where he invested in and managed a number of portfolio companies. Prior to this in 2001 Alex co-founded TISS Ltd to develop security systems for commercial vehicles. As Managing Director, Alex helped TISS to achieve worldwide sales to global logistics companies including TNT, DHL, UPS, Volvo and Mercedes, and in 2014 TISS was awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

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Lorna Tilbian
Numis Corporation PLC
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Lorna Tilbian
Numis Corporation PLC

Executive Director of Numis Corporation PLC and Head of Media, Corporate Broking & Advisory.

  • Top ranked Media Analyst by Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters Extel from 1987 to 2012.
  • Multiple PLC duties at Numis include taking PR and IR reports.
  • Acquired stake in newly launched Numis in 2001 after stints at Sheppards (1984-88), SG Warburg (Director, 1988-95) and WestLB Panmure (Executive Director, 1995-2001).
  • Appears in Campaign’s A List 2016, Global Power List 2010, City AM Analyst of the Year finalist 2010, Evening Standard 1000 Influentials 2010, Daily Telegraph Media Industry’s Top 20, The Business
  • Britain’s Top 50 Equity Analysts (2nd) and Media Week’s Power 50 List.
  • Has served as an Ambassador for Creative Britain for the DCMS.
  • Non-executive Director of Jupiter UK Growth Trust Plc and ProVen VCT Plc.
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Robin Klein
Local Globe VC
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Robin Klein
Local Globe VC

 

  • Robin is a founding partner of LocalGlobe, investing in Seed since 1997. LocalGlobe has invested in companies such as LastMinute, LoveFilm, Moshi, Moo, Graze, Zoopla, Tweetdeck, Mashery, Transferwise, CityMapper, Fizzback, Songkick, FreeAgent, MyBuilder and many others.
  • Robin has 25 years of operating experience, 20 years of which as entrepreneur and 18 years of investing experience and he has been on the boards of three publicly quoted companies. In his last operating role as Chairman and CEO of Innovations, he conducted the very first UK ecommerce transaction in May 1995.
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Nezahat Gultekin
Temasek International (Europe)
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Nezahat Gultekin
Temasek International (Europe)
  • Nezahat has over 15 years of technology sector experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. She was a founding member and has been instrumental in building the Future Fifty Programme
  • She spearheaded Credit Suisse’s Software, Fintech and Internet franchise for EMEA and was previously at Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Broadview, advising technology companies and investors across the globe on M&A, IPOs, LBOs, and various forms of financing
  • Nezahat has MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar and BS in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University
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Paul Harrison
Just Eat
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Paul Harrison
Just Eat
  • Paul Harrison is Chief Financial Officer at JustEat, previously CFO at WANdisco plc. Prior to joining WANdisco in September 2013, Paul spent over 16 years with The Sage Group plc; the UK’s largest software business and a member of the FTSE 100. Paul joined Sage in 1997 becoming its CFO in 2000
  • Paul is also a non-executive director of Hays plc; one of the world’s largest specialist recruiters. He joined Hays in 2007 becoming its Senior Independent Director in 2011
  • He also chairs Hays’ Remuneration Committee. A chartered accountant, Paul’s earlier career was spent in professional practice latterly with PwC where Paul was a Senior Manager
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Stephen Welton
Business Growth Fund
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Stephen Welton
Business Growth Fund
  • Stephen Welton is Chief Executive of Business Growth Fund plc (“BGF”), which he launched in May 2011. Stephen is responsible for overall strategy and day-to-day management of BGF, as well as chairing the Investment Committee
  • He has over 20 years of experience in the development capital and private equity industry with Henderson, Barclays and JP Morgan Partners (CCMP Capital), where he was a Founder Partner and member of the Investment Committee
  • In January 2013, Stephen joined the Advisory Group formed specifically to guide the UK Government on the direction and priorities of the proposed new Business Bank
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Kevin Walsh
Deloitte
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Kevin Walsh
Deloitte
  • Kevin Walsh is the Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Technology Consulting Practice. He has a track record in advising on and implementing technologies to support business change, increase business performance and improve governance
  • He has procured, designed, developed and delivered complex transformation programmes for over 20 years
  • At Deloitte Kevin is responsible for the leadership and development of a portfolio of technology businesses with capabilities from technology strategy through to systems development and integration
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Gregor Pryor
Reed Smith
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Gregor Pryor
Reed Smith
  • Gregor Pryor is a partner and digital media specialist and leads the Media and Technology team at international law firm, Reed Smith
  • He has broad experience of advising clients concerning the acquisition, production, licensing and distribution of content on digital media networks and platforms. He regularly advises companies involved in the distribution and sale of digital content as well as content owners regarding the protection and exploitation of their intellectual property rights
  • In acknowledgement of his work in the digital media sector, Gregor has been listed twice in the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Digital Media” in Wired magazine
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Linda Main
KPMG

 

  • Linda Main is a Partner, Transaction Services, and Head of the Capital Markets Group, London for KPMG. Linda joined KPMG in 1984 and worked in audit until 1995.
  • From 1995 to 1997 she was seconded to the London Stock Exchange where she worked in the Listing Group (now the UKLA)
  • Linda has been a partner since returning to KPMG in 2001. Linda is a member of the UKLA’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel and the London Stock Exchange’s AIM Advisory Group.
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Christian Hernandez
White Star Capital
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Christian Hernandez
White Star Capital
  • Christian has over 16 years of operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally
  • Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Gaming Partnerships groups
  • He previously held leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career in technology at MicroStrategy, a startup he joined prior to its 1999 IPO. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Seedcamp and the Digital Task Force for the EVCA
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Jonathan Goodwin
Lepe Partners
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Jonathan Goodwin
Lepe Partners
  • Jonathan Goodwin founded Lepe Partners, a merchant bank created to help entrepreneurs and CEOs in the media, consumer and Internet sectors grow their businesses
  • Prior to founding Lepe, Jonathan was CEO and Co-founder of LongAcre Partners, where he built the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media and corporate finance house prior to selling it to Jeffries in 2007. To date, Jonathan has advised on over 100 transactions in the media and Internet Space worth over $20bn in total
  • In 2005, Jonathan created the Founders Forum, along with Brent Hoberman. The Founders Forum is the premier entrepreneur’s event held annually in London, New York, Brazil and India. He is also President of the British Fashion Council Investment Pillar, Treasurer of Centre for Policy Studies, and Chairman of Osborne House appeal
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Sonali De Rycker
Accel Partners
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Sonali De Rycker
Accel Partners
  • A graduate of Harvard University, Sonali De Rycker is a partner at Accel Partners who has been active in the European venture business for 14 years focusing on investments in the consumer internet and digital media sectors
  • Sonali started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York City where she was actively involved in M&A and financings for a number of clients including many high-growth technology businesses
  • While at Goldman Sachs, Sonali co-founded the Business Development Group, a new business unit within the investment banking division successfully set up to exclusively source and execute on acquisitions of smaller, fast-growing businesses for the Fortune 50
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Nick Beighton
ASOS
  • Nick qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Nottingham. After qualification Nick worked out of the Manchester office in transaction services and within the Strategic Business Management Group
  • Nick moved to Matalan in 1999 to work as Head of Finance. He then became the Business Change and IT Director before joining Matalan’s Retail Board in 2003. Nick joined the Luminar Board as Finance Director in August 2005
  • He was appointed Finance Director of ASOS Plc in April 2009, and now holds the title of Chief Financial Officer
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Suranga Chandratillake
Balderton Capital
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Suranga Chandratillake
Balderton Capital
  • Suranga founded blinkx, the intelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004 and joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014
  • Suranga has a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the area of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2009
  • Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation – joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company’s US CTO in San Francisco
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Keith Wallington
Investor
  • Keith has led strategy and execution in digital and technology businesses since the 1990’s at businesses including Microsoft, Standard Bank, Omnicom/TBWA, Truphone and Mimecast
  • Keith spent 6 years driving growth at Mimecast (best in class and global leader in SaaS based email security and archiving) where he held multiple roles including COO
  • Keith invests in and assumes board roles with Series A to Growth stage companies
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Charles Baden-Fuller
Cass Business School
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Charles Baden-Fuller
Cass Business School
  • Charles Baden-Fuller is the Centenary Professor of Strategy and leader of the Strategy Group at Cass Business School.
  • Charles has undertaken consulting assignments on strategy and mergers for large and small firms, and currently serves as director or advisor to several young high-tech firms.
  • He is a senior fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has published more than 80 academic articles in the last few years, raising more than £2 million for research from the EU
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Antony Clavel
Summit Partners
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Antony Clavel
Summit Partners
  • Antony Clavel is an investor at Summit Partners, a growth equity firm that has raised nearly $15 billion in capital.
  • Prior to joining Summit Partners, Antony spent eight years at advisory firm Allen & Company, where he advised US and European high-growth technology entrepreneurs on over 20 M&A and capital-raising transactions.
  • Antony is a Swiss national and holds a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University with First Class Honours and an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University.
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Andrew Kanter
Invoke Capital
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Andrew Kanter
Invoke Capital

Andy is a non-executive partner at Invoke Capital Partners, sitting on the boards of Darktrace, Sophia Genetics and Luminance. Andy was COO and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, leading global legal and operations functions and overseeing major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andy was previously an attorney in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, M&A and corporate finance. Andy holds degrees from John Hopkins University and the USC Law Center.

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