The FinTech50 Berlin
We’ve invited Tier 1 VCs from London and the US to talk funding. Plus global financial services and tech superbrands talk about what they look for when buying in FinTech services or making an acquisition.
We’ll follow this with an early evening party, where some of Europe’s freshest new FinTechs will showcase their business.
All topped off with beer, pizza and networking.
The event will be free to attend for FinTechs, VCs and the global tech acquirers, so places will go quickly, (gmail accounts will not be accepted).
3.30 – 14.00 Arrive
14.00 – 14.05 Welcome
14.05 – 15.00 Meet the Funders Panel – Octopus Ventures, Index Ventures, Balderton, Silicon Valley’s Expansive Ventures & Washington Fund Route 66
15.20 – 16.15 Meet the Buyers one TBA
16.30 – 17.30 Meet the FinTech Acquirers – moderated by Alan Bristow, CEO ICON Corporate Finance
Panel: Richard Peers of Microsoft, Mark Cappell.
18.00 – 20.30 Early evening party with beer, pizza and an inves
Full line up of speakers TBA - check back
Founder and CEO
ICON Corporate Finance
Founder and CEO, ICON Corporate Finance Alan Bristow is the Founder and Managing Director of ICON Corporate Finance. He is recognised as one of the country's leading corporate finance advisers and has over 25 years of combined fund raising and M&A experience. Throughout this period Alan has dealt with some of the world's leading investors and technology companies. He specializes in all aspects of raising venture capital, management buy-outs, acquisitions and corporate sales and has advised on over 200 transactions. Before establishing ICON, he spent his formative years in the City of London before joining Price Waterhouse in Melbourne. He also worked as the Finance Director for an Australian Investment Group, prior to returning to the UK and establishing ICON as a leading M&A house to the tech sector. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Likes include rugby, economics, skiing, sailing and technology that makes the world a better place. He is a frequent speaker and author on venture capital fundraising and selling companies.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneur in Residence , Octopus Ventures Debu Purkayastha is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Octopus Ventures, a premier European venture capital firm. Prior to Octopus, till early 2014, Debu spent 6 years at Google. Debu was Principal - New Business Development at Google with a wide product mandate spanning several key strategic focus areas globally. Previously, Debu was Google’s Principal - Corporate Development spearheading its global M&A and Investment efforts including the acquisition of ITA Software (travel search), DailyDeal.de (offers), Gizmo5 (VoIP), Phonetic Arts (text to speech), Green Parrot Pictures (video image processing), Zynamics (security software) amongst several others. Debu is also a founding member of Google “Campus”, a seven-storey co-working space for startups in East London’s Tech City. Debu sits on the Board of MercyCorps (NGO), Advisory Board of Sadara Ventures (VC Fund) & previously used to sit on the Boards of Fon (wireless) & Mobile Planet (mobile apps). Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team in EMEA & in a past life was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London. Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive areas including Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir etc. focusing on economic development initiatives. A certified cricket nut & film fanatic, Debu is also passionate about white-water rafting & hiking.
Partner, Route66 Ventures Pascal is a Partner at Route 66 Ventures and an investor in European FinTech. He has over 20 years of experience in investment banking in Europe and the U.S., and in operating emerging high-growth technology and consumer-facing companies. His areas of expertise include early stage investing and scaling business operations in high growth environments. Pascal began his career in commercial banking in Europe with Banque Paribas, and moved to investment banking with Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, where he built a diverse portfolio of $600 million in senior, subordinated loans and equity investments. He then moved to the U.S., where he worked with start-ups and high-growth, post-revenue technology firms. Pascal was the CFO of Dante Group, an enterprise software company, and Vice President of Finance and Business Development for International Language Engineering Inc. (“ILE”), a software services company specializing in internationalization and localization services. At ILE, he helped grow revenue from $3 million to $25 million in less than 3 years. He also co-owned and was the CFO and COO of a chain of gourmet food stores in the Washington, DC area. Most recently, Pascal served as Chief Information Officer of The American Home. Pascal holds a B.B.A. from Institut Superieur du Commerce in Paris and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Linkedin Profile Twitter Profile
Venture & Growth Investor
Venture & Growth Investor, Index Ventures My focus is on growth stage investments across a number of technology sub-sectors, with a particular interest in Financial Services and Information Services across all stages. I currently work with a range of companies including Adyen, BitPay, Novus, Socialbakers, Zendesk and Zuora.
MD , CappcoPartners Mark has been embedded in FinTech since 1998 when he was CEO Smartstream, he joined Smartstream when the company size was £2m in annual revenue with 12 employees and played a key role in its growth to £45m in annual revenue and 450 staff. He was part of the management team which secured $ 80m in investment from 3i and the company was sold to Dubai Investment Holdings for £250m. Her then joined Checkfree, now Fiserv as Divisional CEO of Operational Risk where he managed 265 employees with development centers in the UK and Baltimore. The business was successfully sold to Fiserv and Mark was part of the transition team who worked closely with McKinsey on the merger of the various risk business companies. He successfully increased the EV of the company by $95m as a result of successfully repositioning the company away from their legacy reconciliation reputation to be known as a risk and compliance solution provider. He launched 4 new risk management products which entailed a complete reorganization of development and the implementation of a new agile development methodology. He then headed up Charles River, a leader in trading, risk and compliance software to the financial service industry. Mark has considerable experience working with private equity firms in turnaround and growth situations for their under performing portfolio companies. Private equity firms include: ECI Partners, Kennet Partners, August Equity, Kelso Place, Core Capital, Lloyds Development Capital, Albion Ventures, Francisco Partners, RBS Equity Finance, Dunedin, Darwin Private Equity, Palatine Private Equity, Moonray Investments, Carlyle Group and HG Capital.
VC, Balderton Capital Prior to joining Balderton Capital Rob Moffat worked for Google in London, as a Manager in their global sales strategy team. Rob’s experience at Google included developing growth strategies for a number of Google’s new businesses – reviewing potential acquisition targets as well as organic growth options. He also worked on the post-merger integration of DoubleClick in Europe and on long-term strategic planning.
Director Financial Services Industry
Director Financial Services Industry , Microsoft Richard is Microsoft EMEA’s Banking Industry Lead working with their largest clients and Fintech innovators. He has spent the last 18 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last three years deeply engaged with clients and agencies in the Financial Services and Retail space. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Banking re-imagined”. He created the Digital Wallet Foundry in 2013 which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together. DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative. Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor re: payments, innovation, technology and the environment via social media. Skills and engagements cover: Financial Services and Retail clients Future Branch/Store and Omni –channel Cross Sector Connected consumer Wallets: (Payments; Identity and Loyalty); Social Search and Natural User Interface; Digital Marketing Business reimagined; culture and services for the modern workforce www.microsoft.com