International Events

Ashley Smith co-founded and manages British Gas’ Corporate VC fund, including originating and executing VC transactions in areas of interest to British Gas and establishing business unit relationships to ensure ongoing strategic relevance of and support for the portfolio.

Claire is a serial entrepreneur who co-led the implementation of Level39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator dedicated to fintech, retail and smart cities technologies. Claire is also Founding CEO of Innovate Finance and Chairman of Entiq.

Darrin is a life scientist who has been involved in the start-up and growth of many business ventures. In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards and in 2014 listed Horizon Discovery Group plc on the LSE AIM market, achieving a placement of $113 million, an all-time record for a life science company on AIM.

Anne Miller, Director – The Creativity Partnership
A co-founder of the innovative TTP Group, Anne is one of the world’s most successful female inventors, with 39 patents to her name. Anne explored how we can overcome resistance in the face of new ideas.

Catherine Beech OBE, Non-Exec Director & investor
An entrepreneur, adviser and specialist investor in start up and early stage life science companies, Catherine is currently Director of Better2Know & Locate Therapeutics. Catherine co-founded the Cambridge Gateway Fund, was previously Commercial Director & CEO of Oval Medical Technologies, CEO of Aitua and a member of the Governing Board of the Technology Strategy Board.

Sarah Davis, Founder - Fashionphile
Sarah Davis is a US-based entrepreneur and CEO of Fashionphile, the largest online retailer of pre-owned luxury handbags. Sarah shared her thoughts on running a successful online business.

Cathy Curling, Founder – Curling Consulting
Cathy works with world-leading electronics/photonics clients and drives UK government policy on innovative technology competitiveness. In her previous career she developed cutting-edge technology now used in Apple’s ipad.

Emma Loisel, Non-Exec Director & Investor
Emma is an experienced Non-Exec Director and Investor in high-growth ventures with a passion for innovating businesses, consumer offerings and industries through the adoption of technology.

Sharon Vosmek, CEO Astia & Silicon Valley Woman of Influence 2011
Sharon is CEO of Astia, the premier organisation globally serving women-led high-growth companies as they raise capital and grow their business. Astia’s exceptional success rate sees more than 60% of its start-ups achieving funding or an exit within one year of qualifying for its elite fundraising program.