The first NW StartUp 2.0 event of 2008 will be held at KPMG Manchester on 17th January 2008 covering the subject of software startup business funding. Once again, I had to make last minute arrangements as my keynote speaker can no longer attend the event due to imminent launch of his new startup, GoSecure. In addition, few other speakers I had in mind confirmed unavailability.
Event planning is never too easy, just like any other business, you have to rely on others. Whilst I am awaiting for confirmation of potentially two more speakers, let me introduce confirmed speakers without further ado:
Speaker 1 – Paul Barraclough Tecmentor
Paul has experience of over 50 technology start-ups. His role these days is usually as Chairman, often acting as an interim manager in the early phase before dedicated commercial managers are brought on line. His main role is directing the technologists and their technology to commercial goals. He maintains a distance from the technology but often contribute to IPR creation and have been named as a co-inventor on a number of patents filed by many of the companies he has mentored. In many occasions, he has remained a director through to trade sale and listing and beyond.
1994 to To date: Tecmentor Limited – Director
1990 – 2006: Worknorth – The VC arm of Manchester Airport Group – Managing Director
1980 – 1989: 3i and / 3i Investee Companies – Investment Controller / Director
For a full profile, please visit LinkedIn.
I have known Paul for a while and I sought his counsel with respect to £250k debt finance for ebdex during back-end of 2006. If you are looking for a Tech Mentor (Chairman for your startup), I cannot recommend anyone better than Paul! So take the opportunity to meet a real gem of the North West!
Speaker 2 – Doug Stellman – YFM Private Equity
Doug has worked in venture capital since 1993, working on investments ranging from start-up technology businesses through to general development capital investments. Prior to this he worked for Price Waterhouse on IT and systems. He is also a Chartered Accountant with a Bioscience background.
For a full profile, please visit LinkedIn
I met Doug during fund raising campaigns for ebdex. He has invested into many startups in the North West, some of these companies are tenants of Daresbury Innovation Centre, where ebdex and edocr are based. If you are looking for start-up funding, I encourage you to speak to him.
Please click here to visit the event site and register for the event.