Northern Technology Funding Landscape

2012-02-16 18:00


On 15th December 2010, the £185 million North West Equity and Loan Funds were launched. We held an event one month after to introduce the five equity funds to you. The Fund Managers shared their plans for the five years. Its time for us to invite them back to share their experience of the last 12 months and understand their plans for the next 48 months.

Reviving the Northern Tech Ecosystem

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Martin Bryant - Managing Editor - The Next Web

With a particular interest in European startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is Managing Editor at The Next Web. Based in Manchester, UK he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city. A Broadcasting graduate, he is well-versed in the British media industry and moved into the digital content sector after having worked in education, helping children learn TV and radio skills. Following on from his talk at TedxManchester on Monday, Martin will speak about how to revive the tech ecosystem in Manchester and the North West.


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Paul Gower - YFM Private Equity - £45 million Development Capital

After graduating with a Masters Degree in Economics, Paul spent eight years at Burmah Castrol plc in a range of analytial, marketing and business development roles. Gaining a MBA after full time study at Manchester Business School, he worked within Pricewaterhouse Cooper's Business Regeneration Department prior to undertaking an interim General Manager position within the Halo Group. Paul joined YFM Venture Finance in November 2003 as an Investment Manager with the South Yorkshire Investment Fund. He has since moved to the Manchester office and works for YFM Private Equity.

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David Smith - AXM Venture Capital - £15 million Digital & Creative Fund

David joined AXM Venture Capital in 2011, with 25 years experience in advising and investing in growth companies, and has specialised over that time in the TMT sector. He has worked in venture capital, stockbroking and corporate finance with companies including 3i and KPMG. He has supported many software, IT services, creative and media companies from early stage funding through to IPO or sale.

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Doug Stellman - EV Group - £30 million Venture Capital Fund

Doug has worked in venture capital since 1993 in technology with a focus on start-up and early stage in the sub £5m category. Deals include Nanoco (nano-tech), Amacis (software), DxS (molecular diagnostics), Spiratech (semi-con), Metronet (wireless comms)

Marc d'Abbadie - Spark Impact - £25 million Biomedical Fund

SPARK Impact manages the North West Fund for Biomedical, which provides venture capital finance to biomedical businesses, based in, or relocating to, the North West of England. SPARK Impact is part of the SPARK Ventures group.

Mike Bakewell, Investment Manager, North West Fund 4 Energy & Environmental

The North West Fund is a £184.8m evergreen investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding to small and medium sized enterprises in the North West of England. Of this £20 million is dedicated to energy and environmental companies. The Fund will address an identified gap in the lending, venture capital and private equity markets. Michael is an experienced venture capitalist with previous investment roles with Enterprise Ventures, Alliance Fund Managers and Finance Wales' Equity Fund. He has been a venture capital investor for 10 years and in this time has led or managed over 30 investments across a range of industry sectors.

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Roy Shelton - Drop Jaw Ventures

DropJaw Ventures invests in, adds value to and provides Non Executive and Interim Management services to early and mid stage technology and telecommunication companies on a global basis. A small selection of our investments include; ITS Technologies (Fibre Optical Networks), TMG (IT Managed Services- recently acquired by ITS), Connectiva Systems (FMS/ RA and Data Analytics), The Wedding Vine (Online Styling and Retail), Rooble (Web App Development & Data Analytics), TeamChester (Group of Local Companies), Next2friends (Mobile Social Network)TCG (Global Networking & Corporate Development)


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