The 'Benchtop to Business' series is designed to inspire engineers, scientists and the technologically minded to take their technology out of the lab and into the real world.
Each session ends with drinks and networking so those seeking to start early stage ventures can meet other like minded people.
Building Star Teams
The founding team is critical to the success of the startup. It is important for a founding entrepreneur to know how they should ensure they build an effective, high performing team that will drive the business forward to achieve their vision.
Investors know that one of the key failures of a business is related to a poor performing or indeed a non-functioning team, so in order to achieve success for the venture the team is crucial.
This session tells stories from successful founders who have built star performing teams; attendees will find out who they recruited, how they did it, where they found them and what made that team star performing.
5.50 Session Open:
6:00 Andrew Mulvenna, AV8 Ventures
Andrew is an investor with AV8 Ventures, a new deep-tech Venture Capital firm based between Palo Alto and London. AV8 invests at Seed and Series A in Next Generation Mobility, Big Data and AI, Digital Health and Cybersecurity.
Andrew co-founded Brightpearl, an internet software company based in Bristol, UK & San Francisco, that grew to 120 employees in 3 years, and has raised $54M Venture Capital. Brightpearl customers process more than $3 billion of orders with Brightpearl per year.
6:30 Anne-Sofie Lagander, Ultrahaptics
Anne-Sofie joined Ultrahaptics as SVP Global Talent and People in 2019. She was most recently Talent Partner at IP Group, a FTSE 250 venture capital firm and investor in Ultrahaptics. During her five years with IP Group, she advised on board and management appointments, talent strategy and organisational structure for portfolio companies pre and post seed, through to those listed on the stock exchange.
Before joining IP Group, she built her career at two of the leading international executive search firms, Korn Ferry Whitehead Mann and Russell Reynolds. Her early career was in sales at IBM Software in Sweden. Anne-Sofie has an MSc in Business and Economics from Uppsala University.