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London & Partners is a not-for-profit public-private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners. They attract overseas businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to London and help London businesses go global. They were established in 2011, replacing three predecessor organisations – Visit London, Think London and Study London. With a combined and expanded remit, London & Partners can be a stronger advocate for London across the world. SVC2UK 2016 is run out of London & Partners.

 

Lead Sponsor

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MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

 

Sponsors

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Buzzacott can help you thrive and get noticed. We enjoy supporting high-growth, innovative tech companies with the things that, ultimately, help them to grow. From audit and business support services to guidance on claiming R&D tax credits and expert tax advice, we can help you structure your business to make it more attractive to investors or to incentivise existing key staff.

 

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Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. They have more than 325 years of history and expertise in banking. From their beginnings in Lombard Street, London through to the launch of the world’s first ATM and innovative mobile phone payments services.

 

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Campus is global network of spaces where big ideas are shaping the future. Operated by Google for Entrepreneurs, they have a dedicated team at Campus committed to creating a thriving startup community. There are currently five campuses worldwide.

 

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GBx is a curated private network for successful British entrepreneurs and senior British tech executives living in the Bay Area. This is a place to share the experience and knowledge you have gained with like-minded peers and to mentor new entrepreneurs entering the market. GBx has three main aims: to create a community of British entrepreneurs and others involved in the tech scene in the Bay area for mutual help and support; to provide a network that new British tech entrepreneurs wishing to establish themselves in the Bay area can plug in to for insights and advice; and to provide a forum for discussion of emerging issues in the tech space to inform British Government policy thinking

 

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Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading professional services businesses, bringing together the best people across our 26 offices, to meet all your legal services needs globally. We can help you realise opportunities while managing risk.

 

 

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Penningtons Manches is a leading UK law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to the needs of both businesses and individuals. With offices in London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Godalming, Guildford, Oxford and Reading, it aims to address the specific objectives of each client through its broad market insight and technical expertise. As a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, Penningtons Manches has close links with law firms throughout the world.

 

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SoftBank Investment Advisers is a global advisory firm that seeks to make investments in the technology sector. We focus on growing businesses run by disruptive innovators that are seeking to be the foundational platforms of the information revolution. We recently launched the SoftBank Vision Fund to help accelerate these efforts. The Vision Fund will enable long-term, large-scale investments to fund growth in the technology sector, investing up to $100bn over the next five years. Our team is comprised of passionate strategists, tech experts and portfolio specialists. As a company, we move with the speed and agility of a startup, but with the thoughtfulness and patience of a long term partner.

 

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati provides value-added legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth business enterprises at all stages of development, from multibillion-dollar global enterprises to entrepreneurial start-ups. In addition, we represent the venture capital and private equity firms, investment banks, and other financial institutions that fund them.

 

Partnerships

Fieldhouse Associates

FieldHouse Associates is a London based communications agency, working with high growth, disruptive technology companies and the surrounding ecosystem, including investors and advisors. We also work with large organisations looking to build innovative reputations. We run PR with a business edge, always looking to make an impact.

 

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Cambridge Wireless is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With over 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW’s 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors.

 

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent international executive search firm specialising in building the boards and leadership teams for innovative and high-growth companies in technology and life sciences. Headquartered in the UK, they thrive in the fast-paced environment of one of the world’s most exciting technology clusters. They have contributed to the success of some of the most impressive companies to have emerged from the UK market in recent years by introducing entrepreneurial executives from their extensive international network.

 

At Forgather, our business is to create intelligent events packed with exuberance and fun. Our goal is to ensure that participants (both on stage and in the audience) love every second and come back for more. We have worked in and around the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem for years, with clients including Microsoft Accelerator, Balderton Capital, Criteo, CognitionX and Yext. We are passionate about championing innovation, connecting people, and helping to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs, also supporting charities such as Young Enterprise and Founders4Schools. We also create events of our own, including the annual Snowball, which brings together a community of tech leaders, VCs and serial entrepreneurs to eat, drink, ski and learn; often with life changing results.

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