Silicon Valley Comes to the UK 2018

This November some of America’s most successful tech entrepreneurs will be visiting the UK to take part in ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’. Part of London & Partners, London’s international promotional organisation, SVC2UK brings together the top entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley, with students, early-stage CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, and policymakers in the UK to inspire entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity. Taking place between 6-9 November 2018, 10 events will be held across London and Cambridge, featuring speakers including Reid Hoffman (SVC2UK co-founder, founder of LinkedIn, and partner at Greylock Partners), Megan Smith (Shift7), Sarah Hunter (Google X), Ruzwanar Bashir (Peek), Cal Henderson (Slack), Nicole Quinn (Lightspeed Ventures), and Bob Goodson (Quid).

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to be partnering with SVC2UK on the 2018 events, which launch in Cambridge on Tuesday 6th November at Cambridge University with a discussion exploring the role of humanity in understanding technology and a masterclass for start-ups and students in Cambridge on Wednesday 7th November. The programme then moves to London for an afternoon session at Bush House in partnership with The Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London, with a range of speakers including Reid Hoffman discussing AI and humanity. The ever-popular Good Growth Summit for women entrepreneurs returns on the 8th November when CEOs can enjoy a morning of inspiration, peer to peer mentoring and valuable networking with entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.  This is followed by another masterclass in scaling a business at Rise London.

The week culminates with the annual CEO Summit on Friday 9th October, which will be held in collaboration with Pitch@Palace and Entrepreneur First. This year 10 Pitch@Palace alumni and 10 Entrepreneur First members will be invited to participate in the CEO Summit, bringing together some of the UK’s foremost programmes for entrepreneurs from start-up to scale-up. At this flagship event, the 2018 Scale-Up Club cohort will also be announced, and those businesses will be mentored by serial entrepreneurs from the US and Europe.

Reid Hoffman, SVC2UK co-founder, founder of LinkedIn, and partner at Greylock Partners, commented: “I am delighted to be attending this year’s SVC2UK. When we founded the programme our aim was to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK, building a global network of founders and CEOs who could encourage and inspire each other – an aim we have exceeded beyond all expectation. I look forward to the conversations we will have at this year’s summit.”

Sherry Coutu, SVC2UK co-founder and entrepreneur: commented: “SVC2UK goes from strength to strength and the list of speakers and attendees who give up their time to be with us each year never ceases to amaze me. The calibre of entrepreneurs joining the Scale-Up Club has always been phenomenal and I am looking forward to meeting our next cohort and watching them grow.”

Janet Coyle, Director SVC2UK at London & Partners commented: “London and Silicon Valley share common values of innovation, creativity and free thinking. SVC2UK provides us with a fantastic opportunity to promote even greater collaboration between two of the world’s leading hubs to grow and scale a business. By working together we can encourage the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs whose ideas could change the world. Over the years a host of incredible companies have benefited from being part of the SVC2UK community and I look forward to connecting more scale-ups this year to our incredible network and support them to go on to achieve their ambitions.”

This year’s SVC2UK is supported by partners including Mastercard, Barclays, Google (Campus London), Softbank Investment Advisors, Buzzacott, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Herbert Smith Freehills, GBx, Bailey Fisher Executive Search and FieldHouse Associates.

Bailey Fisher Executive Search was delighted to partner with Silicon Valley Comes the UK again to present the 2016 Cambridge events, bringing together international serial entrepreneurs with CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs and investors from the Cambridge ecosystem and wider UK technology sector.

SVC2UK Cambridge took place on 1 & 2 November 2016, commencing with “Artificial Intelligence: Impact on Industries by 2026”, on 1 November from 5.00pm – 6.30pm in the Debating Chamber at the Cambridge Union Society.

AI experts from the UK took to the stage alongside leading international entrepreneurs to offer a transatlantic perspective on the industries that will be transformed the most by artificial intelligence over the next 10 years. Guest speakers included:

  • Blaise Aguera y Arcas – Machine Intelligence at Google
  • Steven Abrams – VP at IBM Watson
  • Andrew Blake – Director of the Alan Turing Institute
  • Chris Bishop – Director of Microsoft Research UK
  • Brian Forde – Director of Digital Currency at MIT Media Labs
  • Jackie Hunter – CEO of Benevolent Bio
  • Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab
  • David Cleevely – Serial entrepreneur, investor and adviser
  • Moderator: David Rowan – Editor of WIRED UK

This event was followed by dinner for 100 invited guests, and business breakfast roundtables the following morning for 35 founders, serial entrepreneurs, investors and academics on Scaling AI in the UK.

The Cambridge events formed part of a larger programme of SVC2UK 10th anniversary events taking place across London, Cambridge and Manchester.


An event for 400 CEOs, business leaders, academics and entrepreneurial students. Guest speakers included serial edtech entrepreneur John Katzman; internet marketing expert Hillary Mickell; surgical robotics inventor Catherine Mohr; entrepreneur, gamer and computer scientist Rahul Vohra; consumer electronics visionary Corinne Vigreux and physician-scientist at the cutting edge of healthcare Daniel Kraft.

In 2014, Sherry Coutu’s ‘Scale Up’ report was published, highlighting recommendations for cities, governments, entrepreneurs, corporates and academia on how to support a greater number of scale ups in the UK. This event embraced the topic for our Cambridge community by hearing from entrepreneurs who have scaled up their own businesses and could share their thinking on the ground breaking technologies that will help shape the next wave of scale ups.

This year’s Cambridge event was organised by Bailey Fisher Executive Search and presented in partnership with Cambridge University Press, Barclays and Google for Entrepreneurs. The event formed part of the larger SVC2UK programme taking place across London, Cambridge and Manchester that was led by London & Partners.

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search partnered with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to host the SVC2UK 2015 Cambridge Dinner at Queens’ College, bringing together top CEOs, founders and investors from the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem and wider UK tech sector with leading US serial entrepreneurs.

Guest speakers included Dan Sandhu, CEO of Digital Assess; Emily Orton, Marketing Director of Darktrace; Goncalo de Vasconcelos, CEO of Syndicate Room and Emily Mackay, Founder & CEO of Crowdsurfer.  This event formed part of a larger series of SVC2UK events taking place across Cambridge, London and Manchester.


Bailey Fisher Executive Search partnered with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to present the SVC2UK London HealthTech Summit: Patients and Doctors in 2025.

How will health technologies impact patients, doctors and healthcare systems in the next 10 years?

Through a series of short talks and discussion panels, we heard from leading Silicon Valley and UK entrepreneurs, investors and NHS leadership about disruptive technologies that are available now and how healthcare systems can adapt to accelerate adoption of these in the next 10 years.

Speakers included:

Daniel Kraft – Singularity University Faculty chair for the Medicine and Exponential Medicine program

Will Cavendish – Director General of Innovation, Growth and Technology

Catherine Mohr – Intuitive Surgical, VP Medical Research

Ali Parsa Babylon – CEO and Co-Founder

Aliza Marogy – Patient, Nutritionist and Founder of Foodoo

Andrew Thompson – Proteus Digital Health, CEO and Co-Founder

Vijay Pillai – Oracle, Director of Health Sciences Strategy

Vishal Gulati – DFJ Esprit, Investing Partner

Bailey Fisher Executive Search was pleased to partner with Leuven Inc, a network of high-tech innovative entrepreneurs, companies and researchers based in Flanders, to present ‘Joining forces in regenerative medicine: bringing implants and medicines to life’.  The event was one of a series of visionary seminars taking place in Cambridge, London and Leuven, with the aim of strengthening ties across Europe, between business and academia and B2B. The seminars focused on the fast evolutions in biotech, nanotech, materials and health related domains and welcomed expert speakers from Cambridge and Leuven.

We were delighted to welcome an expert panel of guest speakers from Cambridge and Leuven:

Dr Cathy Prescott, Founder & Director of Biolatris Ltd
Professor Wolf Reik, Head of Laboratory at Babraham Institute
Julie Kerby, Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer
Dr Jan Schrooten, Co-ordinator RegMed Platform Vlaams-Brabant, RegMed
Dr Peter Peumans, Director Life Sciences, imec
Dr Peter Mercelis, Managing Director, LayerWise-3D Systems

This was the first series of seminars between Leuven, Cambridge and London. Plans are being put in place to extend the series to Heidelberg in 2016.