21 July 2013

Speakers for Venture Capital World Summit 2013

Event Venue All Nations Centre 19-20 Sept Cardiff UK

800 Seats Auditorium
Venture Capital World Summit 2013
 
Eric Edmeades Business Mastery 
 
Eric has over 20 years of international business experience and owns, or has owned, companies in a variety of industries including mobile computing, data capture, field service, Hollywood special effects, 3D camera technologies and augmented reality gaming. 
A communications specialist and a recognized authority on extraordinary living, Eric writes and speaks on business, health and relationship dynamics.
Eric bridges the gap -- he is a grounded, warm and charismatic professional speaker with genuine results and real success under his belt. Eric's ability to take complex ideas and strategies and turn them into practical, actionable plans has made him a sought-after business consultant and speaker.
Extraordinary living does not happen by accident; it happens by dealing with the issues that are holding you back, getting a clear vision of the life you want and the development and execution of a powerful strategy for success
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Jayne Wells  
 
Jayne grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Filey and have lived most of my life in North Yorkshire.
I have a grown up son & daughter. I have over 30 years experience in business development here in the UK as a business owner, running businesses as varied as a pub on the North Yorkshire Moors to a distribution company.
Following the sale of my last business in 2006, I worked as a Business Coach on the ‘Women in Enterprise’ project with The Chamber of Commerce and trained as a business coach in San Francisco, alongside working freelance on various contracts.
From 2008 I undertook volunteering projects with VSO in Malawi and Sierra Leone working on the VSO Secure Livelihoods programme. In October 2012 I made my home in the vibrant City of Cardiff, where I am excited to begin introducing people & business to a new way of working through the Jayne Wells Associates.
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Julian Ruck BA (Hons.) Law 

Julian trained as a lawyer in London.
He has been a law lecturer and manager of  LSC contracts for CAB’x in some of the most deprived areas of the country. 
He is the author of the ‘Ragged Cliffs Trilogy’ and recently published legal thriller ‘The Bent Brief’.
He is a columnist, Freedom of Information campaigner and more recently, a weekly guest ‘Letter from Wales’ contributor to the influential Westminster Labour Uncut.
He also makes contributions to both Welsh and national broadcasting and media.
In recent times he has earned a reputation for being a fearless critic of the Welsh Establishment. 
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Stuart Hillston  
 
Stuart started his working life as a computer programmer at a large independent research lab. His first start-up experience came after 2 years with a British software company which grew rapidly & globally - and which exited twice – a trade sale in both cases. He went on to form several other IT service companies and has been directly involved in early stage companies ever since. 
After a few years working for charity and the DTI (managing the E-Commerce Awards), Stuart made the transition into investing in technology. He has managed investment in a London based family office, run an AIM listed investment business and worked in an FSA regulated brokerage & fund manager.
He is now CEO of Constellation Capital, a specialist adviser to early stage entrepreneurs, primarily in the software, digital, mobile and medical sectors.
Stuart is a mentor for the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Wayra, Accelerator Academy, UCL Smile and LSBU.
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Mike Segall  
 
Also known as "Magic Mike". The reason is that having been networking for over 28 years I have a personal network of over 22,000 people which enables me to "get things done" through my contacts in a seemingly "easy" manner. My portfolio of businesses I am involved in several businesses, details include running Original Speakers a proactive agency for professional speakers, trainers and coaches..
I have over 25 years experience in all Credit Management issues. I have worked with all types and sizes of companies from start-ups through to major companies like Lloyds Register of Shipping, CBC Europe, Priority Telecom, GTS Ventelo and Choice Hotels Europe.I have a high profile within the Credit industry having held the post of PR Officer for the London Branch of The Institute of Credit Management from 2002 to 2004, am the Co-Chairman of the panel of judges for the Credit Industry Awards and chaired the Credit Today Collections Conference in November 2005.
I also chaired the Credit 07 Conference at London Olympia in May 2007. I have also had several articles published in Credit Today magazine.
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Paul Sagoo Asian Business Awards 
 
Paul is the founder and Director of Lemon Group International Ltd, a UK-based investment company. I am also trustee of I Love Love a UK registered charity and a Rotarian.
Paul is also the Founder of The Asian Awards, which focusses on awarding the worlds best Asians across a multitude of disciplines.
Today, I consult to businesses across the globe often with a hands on approach and am still active in a number of the portfolio companies such as Lemon Interactive, The Asian Awards and the newly formed Anglo Arab Alliance.
I am available to work with companies who are looking for strategic commercial change in terms of growth, operations, sales/biz dev, acquisition, mergers, investment and turnaround
Paul is an official LinkedIn Thought Leader.
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Paul Ragan 
 
Paul Ragan is an UK investor, VC (Venture Capital) & private equity investor and entrepreneur who enjoys contributing by supporting a variety of charities, as well as getting actively involved in fund raising and as a speaker on business issues.
He was popularly featured on the Secret Millionaire UK, has an sizable portfolio of businesses he works with personally (paulragan.com), contributes his time to Collateral Thinking (a not-for-profit organization that gives business help – collateralthinking.co.uk) as well as being the CEO of Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Team (cardiffdevils.com) in Wales.
As an experienced and successful investor & entrepreneur, Paul Ragan has an extensive range of skills and expertise in business strategy, entrepreneurship, business growth, leadership, innovation, strategic management, exit strategy and preparing business ventures for takeover,
merger or acquisition. Everything you need from an excellent business mentor, VC and investor.
As a Speaker, Paul Ragan is dynamic, engaging and down to earth. He willingly shares his experience and knowledge by speaking on business topics such as building management teams and exit strategies & selling your business. Taking complex issues and breaking them down to clearly understandable business strategy and ideas, for real business help.
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Anthony Tinsley BA (Hons) Business Enterprise - Entrepreneurial Studies 
 
Anthony is an experienced innovator and business mentor. He was Chief Executive of one of the first 50 Welsh PLC’s, President of the Worldwide Property Group and he has advised in excess of 30 Welsh businesses whilst also a successful property entrepreneur. He is a member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and an early advocate of the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP). Anthony has been the main key speaker at many property events and has taken part with Melissa Porter (BBC) in an “ask the experts debate” on property markets. Anthony retired at the age of 46 from the proceeds of business and property investment and has lived in Seville, Andalucia since 2004. Considered to be a prolific innovator of business ideas and strategy, he is now collaborating with fellow business associates and entrepreneurs to create innovative alternatives (that realise above average returns.) for individuals and businesses that hold cash funds or cash reserves on deposit. Anthony will give a short presentation why he and his associates felt the need to be creative and a short synopsis of how the innovation can add value to individuals and businesses alike.
Tony Down FCCA 
 
Tony is a strategic team leader at Tony Down Chartered Certified Accountants. He is an experienced business advisor and mentor who, for many years, has worked in an advisory role with business organisations both large and small.
From business plans and forecasts, through to preparing regular accounts and end of year returns, his company has a wealth of experience working with businesses, their owners and management teams. The company’s aim is to assist their clients to budget and forecast, record data (bookkeeping), and to understand the financial statements that are produced, making sure that the client is fully in control of all financial aspects relating to their business, and, compliant with matters relating to regulatory authorities and taxation. For two years until last December,
Tony was the Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK wide Practitioners Panel, advising and commenting on issues and initiatives facing accountants in public practice and their clients on a UK wide basis. Believing passionately in succession planning and the flow of new and younger leaders, he resigned the chair and his position last December and now sits on the panel as an observer.
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Celia Delaney MA (Oxon) MIoD 
The SpeakingSuccess Coach 
Celia Delaney runs SpeakingSuccess, a company that enables business owners, senior managers and their teams to promote their business through speaking. Now she is a sought-after speaker and trainer, and frequently speaks at conferences, member associations and universities, including Ashridge Business School, Institute of Directors, and Academy for Chief Executives. Recent clients include the Dorchester Collection of hotels, and Thomson Reuters.Described as ‘inspirational’ and ‘very funny’, her engaging and interactive style keeps audiences hooked on every word.Celia read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, then joined Unilever’s graduate scheme and went on to be HR Director of one of their factory sites. She then trained as an actress and worked in stage & television for 5 years, before deciding to use all of her skills – psychology, HR and performance – in setting up her own training and speaking business in 2007.
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Simon Dixon
CEO & co-founder of BankToTheFuture.com, author of ‘Bank To The Future: Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust’ and an active banking reformer. Simon’s last corporate job was in investment banking before setting up a training company for investment bankers. After working with venture capitalists to help them take their companies public, securing angel funding for his business from billionaire Peter Hargreaves and crowdfunding his last business,
Simon co-founded CrowdInvesting platform BankToTheFuture.com to bring the processes used by large companies to raise billions to small businesses seeking smaller sums of money without all the restrictive up-front costs. Simon wants to change the way banking works and how it is perceived. BankOfTheFuture.com provides a way for businesses and investors to achieve their financial goals without using high street banks.
Simon regularly provides commentary on all things banking and finance for the BBC, Channel 4, Bloomberg, Reuters and major publications like the FT, Guardian, Times, Telegraph, City AM, Investors Chronicle and other major press.
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Nuno Machado Lopes
After graduating from the University of London, Nuno worked at the London Stock Exchange, after making a decision to leave, returned in 2005 to Portugal to start a new project "Paradise Garage" a concert hall which has become internationally reputable and well known as one of the best in the world in the middle size sector. In the following years, Nuno founded IGMarketing, Out There Records (Independent Producer in partnership with Universal Music) and ventured into the world of social media.In 2006 founded Kreedo – Brand Democracy You Decide – a hub for real time marketing reaching 10 Million hits, with a record of over 70,000 registrations by teenagers in just 6 days. This project won the 8ยช Best World Viral Campaign. In 2008 Nuno was the co-founder of Silk Club, a project recognised internationally by The New York Times and Vogue, winning the best rooftop bar of the world in 2009, member of The World Finest Clubs.
In combination with his busy amazing success, Nuno is also a lecturer, mentor and a speaker in Portugal, UK and USA.  Also provides consulting for business in the subject of social media, is a mentor at the Founders Institute, co-founded Lisbon BIG Apps Business Incubator and founder of the internet hub TudoMudou.com.
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Pamela Voisey
Pam's primary interest over a long career in Applied Social and B2B Strategic Marketing Research has been the development of profitable business strategies driven by an understanding of the marketplace in which both they, and their customers, operate.  This experience underpinned the activity of the past 11 years as Business Incubation Manager for a university in Wales,  developing entrepreneurial talent among student and graduates, as well as entrepreneurs from the economically challenged areas of industrial South Wales.
More recently Pam has created her own business, VeryVoisey Ltd, developing pre and early stage incubation services as a private sector initiative with Venture Wales Ltd, a leading commercial property company in Wales. Pam is also working on a number of academic papers with the intention of creating a model for a 'ladder of incubation services' which can then be implemented anywhere there is a need for economic regeneration.Her philosophy is ' if you promote it, you have to support it!' To this end, her focus is on supporting the early stage development of businesses, protecting the future by building on solid foundations.
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Carla Maney and Barbara
Banquet Entertainment Carla and Barbara met whilst performing in a three-month tour of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, in America 10 years ago. They became good friends and have sung in many concerts, charity events and corporate evenings together, whilst both pursuing careers in opera. Carla performs regularly in Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre  and in the corporate entertainment field, She is also a vocal tutor, teaching privately and  for the education dept of The Royal Opera House London. Barbara has played a variety of roles singing in Italian, German and French, she originally trained as a jeweller and is also a Technology teacher / trainer in  London. They decided to enter a TV competition called ‘The Voice. Their experience on BBC’s ‘The Voice’ has been amazing. In the blind auditions, Will i Am turned on their first note of the Flower Duet and the others followed soon after. Will has dubbed them both angels and rebels, and the combination of their voices has been commended by the coaches. Purchase Tickets Now
Nicola McNeely
Nicola McNeely is a Partner at Capital Law LLP. Her expertise is in all aspects of commercial non-contentious work including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and commercial drafting. She advises on procedures in private companies from new start-ups to long established SMEs. Nicola also advises vendors, purchasers, private investors and institutional investors in both small and large acquisitions and sales. Nicola has a dual specialism in non-contentious intellectual property and e-commerce law. She advises a broad range of companies and other businesses on protection of their intellectual property, e-commerce, e-procurement and logistics, e-retailing and internet-related intellectual property Nicola is an experienced trainer and regularly hosts seminars on company law and intellectual property law. Nicola McNeely is described in Chambers & Partners legal directory as “extremely commercially aware," and " a great lawyer who, unlike others, will cut to the chase." Purchase Tickets Now
Alison Forge
Agent for Positive Change For over 30 years Alison Forge suffered many diagnosed serious health problems which included Cancer and Crohns Disease but through fear she embarked on a journey to find a solution to change her life. Now a successful transformational life teacher, author, mentor and creator of ‘One Leap’ Alison maintains health and happiness, sharing with others how easily they too can transform their lives. Her reputation is growing quickly, through the results experienced by her clients. Alison has a friendly, inspirational and empowering, approach. She has faced what most people hold in their hearts and minds as fear and an example of what is achievable. Purchase Tickets Now
Tim Luscombe
Tim Luscombe specialises in demystifying finance, turning seemingly complex financial and economic matters into plain English. A speaker with a background in financial and general management, he has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Hong Kong. His experience includes a NASDAQ IPO and the creation of businesses across Asia Pacific. As general manager, he led a UK business completing and integrating several acquisitions across Europe. Expanding Overseas So, you have an opportunity in a foreign clime – now what do you do? Maybe it’s as simple as just finding a shipper, but for many businesses on-going support and maintenance require people on the ground. That will present taxation, compliance and other challenges.  Find out one way to cope from someone who has “been there, done that, got the T shirt” Purchase Tickets Now
Julie Meyer MBE
Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, Founder - Entrepreneur Country, Managing Partner - Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund [ACE]. Julie Meyer believes that Individual Capitalism aligns and releases people's ingenuity for the solving of the world's problems at the macro and micro levels as well as accelerating the future. She is one of the leading champions for entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK as a force for growth and inclusiveness. Julie founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK - "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs".  She created the founding Investor Partnership of 60 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders. Purchase Tickets Now
David Drake
A World Influential and Visionary Venture Capital Entrepreneur, where is the founder of The Soho Loft Capital promoting and facilitating capital formation for Businesses. Chairman of LDJ Capital based in New York City, leader on the US JOBS Act. Founder of CfPA – a US and global trade association. Founder board member of CFIRA, a leadership group for US crowd funding on equity development. TheSohoLoft weekly contributes to Forbes and Thomson Reuters. Furthermore it can supply globally leading media expertise on financial innovation that meets technology. Purchase Tickets Now
Gary Whitehill
A relentless entrepreneur and driven philanthropist with a footprint on four continents; broad experience spanning entrepreneurship, M&A, business turnarounds, and Fortune 100 board directorships. In 2009, Gary began leveraging his global rolodex of accomplished leaders and innovators to build the largest network of Entrepreneur Weeks in the world. Since its inception, Entrepreneur Week has convened more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, representing more than $6 billion in revenue, and continues its expansion. Gary is a member of the Dell EIR Board of Advisors, AOL Small Business Board of Directors, Astia Global Board of Directors and a nominated Delegate for the United States at both the Young G20 and G8 Summits. Purchase Tickets Now
Peter Naylor
Your Master of Ceremonies for this exciting event is Peter Naylor the man with the deep (award winning) velvet voice. His voice is combined with the experience of having known people like Anthony Robbins and Jim Rohn. Also as a Mature Entrepreneur his success was partly financed by and through meeting HRH The Prince of Wales. As Peter says, your opportunities have never been greater to either start or expand a business, which is one of the purposes of this unique event revealing the link to those confidence-building sources of finance. Purchase Tickets Now
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