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FT Innovate 2015

Big vs small: Which one is better?

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Phil  Libin

Phil Libin


Anne-Marie  Huby

Anne-Marie Huby


Bethany  Koby

Bethany Koby

Technology Will Save Us


Business in the era of sudden death & sudden wealth

Some analysts predict that many of the companies we are familiar with today won't be around in 15-20 years. Disruption is wiping out entire product lines and entire industries. It comes out of the blue, and it can happen over night. It can mean sudden death for the disrupted, and sudden wealth for the disrupter. This disruption dynamic is creating an atmosphere of paranoia for both big companies and startups alike, and is the wider context within which FT Innovate 2015 sits.

So why must you attend FT Innovate 2015?

Big companies: because the startups are coming for your business. Find out what other big companies are doing about it.

Startups: because the incumbents will want to snuff you out altogether, or at the very least slow you down. On the other hand, they might want to collaborate with you. Find out what the big companies are thinking, and what other small companies are doing to survive and grow.

Big v small: which one is better at coming up with and executing the big idea?

There is a story going round the business world: big companies can’t innovate. They’re all about inefficiency, stifled by bureaucracy and stuck in the past when it comes to the nimbleness required to generate and execute the best ideas. 

Instead, all the best innovation is coming from start-ups, especially those in the tech world. Inspired by Silicon Valley, mantras like the ‘pivot’ and ‘failing fast’ and fuelled by new digital tools, they can do in months what it would take a big company years to achieve.

But is this big bad, small good narrative too simplistic? Are the big guns fighting back? Or is the future of innovation really a story of how big and small companies will work together, as each seeks to figure out a way of working with the other? 

Key themes:

  • Big v small: which is really better at meaningful innovation?
  • The innovation exchange: how are big and small companies working together? 
  • What are big companies doing to take the best of small ones? 
  • What can start-ups learn from big corporates, especially when it comes to scaling?

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The Startups (14)

Phil  Libin

Phil Libin

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Phil Libin is the co-founder and executive chairman of Evernote, the company that is creating tools for an increasingly global and mobile modern workforce. He previously served as the company’s CEO for eight years.  

Phil is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, a company that provided smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. CoreStreet was acquired by ActivIdentity, now owned by HID Global, in 2009. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation (VIGN) in 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.

Anne-Marie  Huby

Anne-Marie Huby

Bethany  Koby

Bethany Koby

CEO and Co-founder
Technology Will Save Us

Bethany Koby is a mom, CEO, designer, educator and art director interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imaging a more positive and collaborative future.  

In 2012 Bethany co-founded Technology Will Save Us - a business dedicated to sparking the imagination of young people using hands-on technology. Their beautifully designed DIY Gadget kits and digital resources are the most accessible way for families, young people and educators to make, play code and invent with technology.

Their DIY Gadget Kits have celebrated for their deisgn and learning outcomes. In 2014 their DIY Gamer Kit was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art as part of the permanent design collection; They are also shortlisted for designer of the year in 2015 by the London Design Museum; Their gadget kits and resources are used by families around the kitchen table all over the world and used in local schools and STEM clubs to address the shifting landscape of skills and creativity necessary for 21st century citizenship. This juxtaposition of iconic design, accessibility and playful learning is a diving force for the Tech Will Save Us growing ecosystem.

As the CEO, Bethany is responsible for its strategic growth, partnerships and balancing innovative products with their core learning agenda.

Bethany holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (with honours) and a MSC in Responsibility and Business practice (with distinction) from Bath University and was an invited scholarship holder at Fabrica in Italy. She has been creating innovative relationships between brands and communities for well over 10 years both commercially and personally.

Nick  Holzherr

Nick Holzherr


Nick is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of, a smart grocery shopping list application that allows users to send their lists into online grocery supermarket baskets with a few clicks.

Since launching in 2012, the company has won many of the UK’s biggest Retailers, FMCG brands and digital food publishers as clients. Dan Cobley, Google MD UK and Ireland, said “Whisk is making the moment to buy really matter”.

Nick has raised over $2m in funding for technology investors for Whisk, after pitching the business to Lord Sugar following getting to the final of the BBC Apprentice 2012, where he achieved the series’ best task-win record.

Before Whisk, Nick founded two successful start-up companies after graduating with a 1st in International Business from Aston University. In 2011 he was named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year for entrepreneurship after being named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Insider in 2010.

Marc  Strigel

Marc Strigel


Marc Strigel is Chief Operating Officer at SoundCloud, the leading audio platform that gives users unprecedented access to the world’s largest community of music and audio creators. In this capacity, Marc is responsible for Operations and Strategic Growth with a keen focus on growing the company efficiently across the globe. 

Prior to SoundCloud, Marc lead PayPal’s business on the eBay Marketplace in Germany, introducing PayPal's mobile payments suite in the country, and later across Europe. Marc has a MBA with focus in International Management in Koblenz (Germany), Paris & Washington DC.

You can follow him on SoundCloud:

Margaret  Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

CEO and Author

Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years.  She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.  


Margaret now blogs regularly for Inc.and the Huffington Post. Her third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was a finalist for the Financial Times Best Business Book Award 2011, and the book was named one of the most important business books of the last 10 years. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for  A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.” Her TED talks have been seen by over three million people and in 2015 TED commissioned and published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. She advises CEOs and senior executives of major organizations and is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme.

Andy Page

Andy Page


Andy Page brings corporate leadership and deep operational expertise to 23andMe. He has been a member of the 23andMe board of directors since 2012 and joined the company as President in 2013. As President, Andy manages all functional areas of the company. In addition, he is responsible for developing the company's business strategy and identifying opportunities for long-term growth and industry leadership.

Before joining 23andMe, Andy served as the President of Gilt Groupe, an online luxury shopping destination, where he oversaw the Company's various businesses and operations including Women's, Men's, Kids & Baby, Home, Park & Bond, Gilt City and Gilt Taste. He joined Gilt in April 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer and transitioned to President in

2011. Prior to joining Gilt, Andy was Chief Operating and Financial Officer at PlayPhone, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the company's multinational operations. Before PlayPhone, Andy was Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Business Strategy of StubHub Inc.

Stan Laurent

Stan Laurent

Group President and CEO
PhotoBox Group

Stan Laurent joined PhotoBox as Group President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2006. Stan’s vision of creating the European leader in personalised products has led PhotoBox Group to more than tenfold revenue increases across 20 new countries, a product line stretching into multiple hundreds of choices, and three strategic acquisitions, all of which has combined to create a family of flagship online retail brands: PhotoBox,, Sticky9, PaperShaker and Hofmann. 

His passion for new technologies and international exploration has driven him throughout his career. After graduating from the ESCP Europe business school in 1989, Stan’s first professional endeavour took the form of 16 months’ military service as 2nd Lieutenant in the French Navy, including 3 months aboard a nuclear submarine.  Back on dry land, Stan started his career in Berlin, not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  During this time he was part of a team charged with assessing and privatising state assets at the German Privatisation Agency.


After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1995, Stan returned to Europe to launch one of the first consumer Internet access businesses as Director for strategy, finance and operations at AOL France. Between 1998 and 2001 Stan took up the role of senior vice-president sales and marketing / Strategic Development at e-commerce and online auction group plc (later renamed Tradus) focusing on the business’s international expansion and participating in its Initial Public Offering. Tradus was ultimately sold to South African internet giant, Naspers, in March 2008 for £946m.


With his first taste of online retail under his belt, Stan returned to AOL in 2002 where he was tasked with reviving the fortunes of the company’s German subsidiary through a strategic re-focus on broadband, a step change in the quality of the service and a complete financial turnaround.  With this job done, Stan was promoted in 2006 to Chief Operating Officer for AOL Europe.

In 2006, Stan was quickly attracted to the special kind of disruptive internet business that PhotoBox embodies; a technology company busy turning digital memories into physical, cherished and highly emotional products.

Ben Medlock

Ben Medlock

Co-founder and CTO

Ben Medlock is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of SwiftKey, the British technology company making it easier for everyone to create and communicate on mobile. The SwiftKey Keyboard apps have been No 1 hits in the US and UK and were named ‘best apps of 2014’ by both Google and Apple. SwiftKey’s technology is also licensed to major mobile manufacturers and features on more than 250 million devices worldwide.

Ben co-founded the company in 2008 after completing a PhD in Natural Language and Information Processing from the University of Cambridge and a First Class degree in Computer Science from Durham University.

Kate  Jackson

Kate Jackson

Corinne  Vigreux

Corinne Vigreux

Co-founder and Managing Director
TomTom Consumer

Best known as one of TomTom’s founders, Corinne Vigreux combines an instinctive understanding of technology with a flair for innovation. She is currently Managing Director of TomTom’s Consumer Business Unit.

Running through all her professional activities is a belief in the power of technology to enable products that help real people in the real world. She is passionate about democratising technology and making it more accessible, more usable, and more affordable to all. This approach led to the TomTom Go, which single-handedly created the satnav category for consumers and empowered millions of drivers worldwide. Other examples include numerous subsequent TomTom satnav products, fitness watches and the new action camera.

Her career started at Psion in 1987 where she built Psion’s international distribution network. Psion was one the first highly successful European technology start-ups where she gained her love for tech and her passion for adventure. Together with Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddijn and she set up Palmtop software in 1992, which was to become TomTom. Assuming responsibility for branding, marketing and sales she oversaw the change form a B2B software publisher company to a B2C organization making products used by millions around the world.

Beyond her role at TomTom, Corinne Vigreux would love to see more disruptive technologies emerging from entrepreneurial companies in Europe. She also devotes time to promoting social mobility through education and she believes that corporate life would benefit from more women in senior and leadership positions.

Corinne Vigreux is on the advisory board of the Sutton Trust, she chairs the Sofronie Foundation, and is co-chair of the Dutch Chapter of Women Corporate Directors. She is also on the board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and the president of the CCEF (Conseiller du Commerce exterieur de la France).

Komal Ahmad

Komal Ahmad

Founder and CEO
Feeding Forward

Deeply troubled by the poverty, homelessness, and hunger she was exposed to during her time as a UC Berkeley student, Komal Ahmad found herself determined to make food equitably accessible to all people. She co-founded the Food Recovery Network, a student-powered movement that recovers and redistributes excess food from dining halls and other on-campus food establishments to feed those in need. With time, she realized there was a path to creating an even larger impact—the founding of Feeding Forward, a technological platform that streamlines food recovery and distribution, eliminating both hunger and food waste.

Alice  Bentinck

Alice Bentinck

Entrepreneur First

After McKinsey & Co, Alice turned down an offer from Google to found EF alongside Matt. She taught herself to code, and founded Code First: Girls in 2013 to help more women get into tech. She sits on the board of Sherry Coutu's Founders4Schools, is on Imperial College London's Department of Computing Industrial Liaison Board, and acted as the Prime Minister's expert on startups at the Northern Future Forum. She has been recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35 and the Evening Standard’s Top 1000 most influential Londoners.

Melissa  Morris

Melissa Morris

CEO and Co-Founder
Network Locum

Melissa is CEO and Co-Founder of Network Locum, which is an online marketplace where doctors can find and book shift work. Network Locum has been running for 3 years, has raised in total £4m in venture finance and employs 30 people in Shoreditch. 

Melissa started her career in banking, working for Citigroup's Investment Banking Division, she then moved to management consultancy and spent two years at strategy consulting firm Mckinsey&Co.

When she came up with the idea for Network Locum, she realised the importance of "eating your own dogfood" and took a job at the NHS for a year to better understand how it worked. 

Network Locum has 10% of GP practices in the UK using it. It has been featured in The Sunday Times, City AM, The Guardian, BBC radio, The Independent on Sunday, and SkyOne as critical to the survival of the NHS.


The Big Companies (13)

Brian  Gammage

Brian Gammage

Chief Market Technologist

Brian Gammage is VMware’s chief market technologist for end-user computing. He leads a team focussed on delivering support to customers as they define their own journeys towards the next generation of end-user computing. 

With 28 years’ IT sector experience, the former Gartner Fellow is an influential voice in the end-user computing market and a leading expert in the development of workplace transformation strategies. Brian is focused on developing the company’s vision for end-user centric IT, addressing the operational and security challenges of an increasingly mobile workforce as well as the burgeoning diversity of data, applications and devices now entering the workplace.

Brian is based in the UK but his remit is global. Prior to joining VMware, Brian worked at Gartner, HP, Olivetti Systems and Acorn Computers.

Phil Cox

Phil Cox

Head of EMEA and President UK Branch
Silicon Valley Bank

Phil Cox is Head of EMEA and President of the UK Branch for Silicon Valley Bank. He has over 30 years’ experience in commercial banking in the UK and joined Silicon Valley Bank in 2009 to lead the Bank’s UK and Israeli business units. Phil successfully led Silicon Valley Bank’s application to the FSA to be granted a full UK banking licence, enabling Silicon Valley Bank to provide full commercial banking services and financial solutions to technology companies in the UK. He is responsible for developing the Bank's business across the

EMEA region and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Steering Committee. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Phil was the head of Commercial Banking at Bank of Scotland in London, a division of Lloyds Banking Group, overseeing relationship management, origination and operations.

Before joining Bank of Scotland, Phil was the European CEO of Torex Retail plc, a public company delivering software, hardware and related professional services to retailers in the point of sale, merchandising and warehouse management arenas. At Torex, he was responsible for the business in 11 countries, managed 1100 staff, and implemented various integration projects following major acquisitions made by the group.

Prior to Torex, Phil was with NatWest/RBS for 23 years.

Anne  Finucane

Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
Bank of America

Anne Finucane not only controls Bank of America's massive $413 million measured-media budget, she's also responsible for the largest community development and investment goal ever established by a U.S. financial institution -- $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Ms. Finucane, who has also spent time at Boston's Hill Holliday, made her mark during the financial crisis and recession by deftly managing BofA's messaging and integrating marketing for the acquired Merrill Lynch and Countrywide brands.

In a world where some CMOs still complain about lack of C-Suite respect, she is considered a key trusted adviser of the CEO.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Chief Marketing and Talent Officer
Credit Suisse
Minoru Usui

Minoru Usui


Ever since joining Epson, Minoru Usui, who became president in 2008, has relentlessly pursued the development and perfection of new technologies that would open up future avenues for Epson.

When Usui began his career with Epson in 1979, printer companies had started to explore new printing systems to replace the impact printers that were prevalent at the time. The encounter between Epson and Usui at the dawn of the inkjet printer age proved to be fortuitous for both.

Usui spent his first few years with the company planning and designing miniprinters for calculators. He then moved on to inkjet printer development. Here, after a long and steady process of experimentation, he became convinced of the huge potential of piezoelectric printing systems, leading him to tackle the challenge of mass producing compact, high-performance print heads built around piezoelectric elements. His efforts led, in 1993, to the successful development of Epson's first commercial inkjet printer equipped with a Micro Piezo print head.

After becoming president, Usui began planning Epson's mid- and long-range growth strategy amid the harsh economic environment that followed the international financial crisis. These plans eventually culminated, in 2009, with the announcement of Epson's SE15 long-range corporate vision. Ever since, Usui has provided strong leadership as he has sought to guide the company toward achieving the SE15 vision of Epson using its unique platform of compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies to become an indispensable company for customers and society.

Jeff  Moriarty

Jeff Moriarty

Chief Digital and Product Officer
Johnston Press
Rick  Goings

Rick Goings

Tupperware Brands

Rick Goings is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tupperware Brands Corporation, a leading global marketer of relationship-based selling.  The portfolio includes not only Tupperware, but multiple beauty brands including Avroy Shlain Cosmetics, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo Cosmetics brands.

While still in college, Goings founded one of the nation’s first direct sellers of home security systems.  He was recruited to Avon Products Inc. in 1985 where he held a number of senior management positions:  including President Avon Germany, Group Vice President & Senior Operating Officer Pacific Rim, and President of Avon USA.  He joined Tupperware in 1992 as President of Tupperware Worldwide.

For more than twenty years he has served on the national Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he also served two terms as National Chairman.  Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America honoured him with their highest award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, for his outstanding leadership as their National Chairman. 

Goings is a trustee of Rollins College, a member of the Florida Council of 100, a founding member of the Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council for UN Women and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Gender Parity and partner for the Gender Parity Programme of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Goings is a member of the following boards:

  • Executive Advisors for the Yale School of Management’s Chief
  • Executive Leadership Institute
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Tennenbaum Capital Partners Advisory Board
  • American Society of The French Legion of Honor


He is a former member of the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank, N.A., and of the boards of Reynolds American Inc. (formerly RJR), Premark International, Inc. and RR Donnelly

In 2013, Goings was named “CEO of the Year,” by the Holmes Group, which honors one visionary CEO who has worked diligently to enhance the role of communications within his or her organization and demonstrated a clear commitment to ensuring that the organization embraces the principles of ethical and effective public relations, in its culture, its communications and its actions.  Rick and his wife Susan P. Goings were awarded the “Voice for Women Award” by Sewall-Belmont House & Museum (Washington, DC) in 2014 for their exemplary global commitment to women's economic empowerment.  

A thought leader and avid advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment, in January 2015 Goings was announced as a UN Women HeforShe Impact Champion.  Goings has also been recognized by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the distinguished decree of "Knight of the Legion of Honor" in recognition of his long term dedication to the role of women in developing countries and children’s causes. The People’s Republic of China recognized Goings with the Marco Polo Award in Beijing for his visionary leadership and his significant role in China’s economic development.

Fred Jansen

Fred Jansen

Mission Manager
Gaia and XMM-Newton

Fred Jansen was Rosetta mission manager of from Jun-2013 until Feb-2015. This period covered the hibernation exit, comet approach, landing and post-landing operations periods.

He is currently is mission manager of Gaia and XMM-Newton.

Fred studied astrophysics at Amsterdam University (Netherlands). During his study he participated in a Leiden/MIT program which launched a balloon borne set of X-ray detectors observing the universe. He got his PhD at Leiden University (1988) on a thesis of X-ray observations of supernova remnants (the hot and bright remains of exploded stars). After his PhD he worked on the development of one of the X-ray instruments for the XMM-Newton observatory.

In 1995 he joined the European Space Agency and was appointed project scientist for this mission shortly afterwards.

After launch he also became the mission manager for this project. Following the launches of the Mars Express and Venus Express missions he also became mission manager for these projects. He temporarily left XMM-Newton in 2006 to work as interim project scientist for the Gaia mission.

In 2013 he left Mars Express and Venus Express and re-joined XMM-Newton - soon to be followed (June 2013) by joining Rosetta as mission manager. 

Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

Vice Chairman

Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman, is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive and Global Operating Committees and Chairs the Government Relations Steering Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms. Novick heads the firm’s efforts globally on Government Relations and Public Policy, and she serves as a board member to the BlackRock Equity-Liquidity and BlackRock Closed End fund families.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. Ms. Novick joined First Boston in 1985 where she became head of the Portfolio Products Team.  From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues.  Ms. Novick is a member of CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council and Reuters’ Editorial Advisory Board.  She currently serves as a Trustee of Cornell University, UJA-Federation, and the HCM Foundation, and coaches in the Westchester Youth Soccer League.  Ms. Novick previously served on the boards of Robert Toigo Foundation (2007–2010), City Harvest (2010-2012) and Westchester Day School (2000-2005), and served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994-2012).  Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University in 1981.

Marco  Comastri

Marco Comastri

President & General Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa
CA Technologies

Marco joined CA Technologies in 2011 as President & General Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa. In this role, he is focused on helping customers to not only realize the business opportunities presented in the application economy but also deliver superior user experiences that engage customers and deliver on their brand promise.

Marco has a thirty year track record within the ICT industry, advising leading global organizations in the private and public sector on how to drive transformation, productivity and sustainable growth.

Prior to joining CA Technologies, Marco was CEO of Postecom, an IT services Company of Poste Italiane, where he helped the company achieve its aim of developing a new digital offering around communication services and the internet.

Marco joined Microsoft as Country Manager for Italy in 2003. In this role, he helped contribute to the development of innovation in small and medium-sized companies in Italy. In addition, he led several projects to increase penetration in large enterprises within the Communications, Banking and Automotive industries.  Promoted in 2007, to Vice President, Middle East and Africa at

Microsoft, Marco not only led the Company’s business in the region but was also actively involved in initiatives to drive social development. Prior to joining Microsoft, Marco spent 17 years at IBM where he held a variety of positions, culminating in his role as Vice President for the Software and Services group in the EMEA South region. Marco began his career at Italimpianti, an Italian engineering company.

Marco, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa, is married with three children.  Based in Morges, Switzerland, he is also a member of the Executive Council of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, a group of CEOs who lead the European operations of some of the world’s largest multinational companies.

A regular at the World Economic Forum Annual and Regional meetings, Marco also frequently engages with policymakers across the region to help advance policies that contribute to growth, investment and jobs.

Giuseppe  Zocco

Giuseppe Zocco

Index Ventures

Giuseppe Zocco co-founded Index Ventures with David Rimer and Neil Rimer in 1996. His investment focus is on growth-stage companies in the areas of online services and software, e-commerce and digital brands.  His current investments include, Zendesk (Nasdaq: ZEN), The Cambridge Satchel Company, Moleskine (MSK.MI) and  Privalia. He was involved with several prior Index investments, including RPX (Nasdaq:RPXC), Ciao AG (Microsoft), Milestone Systems (Canon), MutuiOnLine (MOL.MI), Numerical Technologies (Synopsis), Virata (Nasdaq: VRTA, Conexant) and Digiquant (Intec).

Prior to founding Index, Giuseppe spent five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in several European offices, advising major corporations on a number of strategic and organizational matters, including European entry strategies, strategic positioning, marketing, and new product introductions.

Alistair  Wildman

Alistair Wildman

Managing Director
Dave  Cox

Dave Cox

Chief Innovation Officer
M&C Saatchi

Co-founder of former digital creative shop Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Dave now oversees all creative technology developments and R&D efforts at M&C Saatchi, which has most recently included augmented reality projects for Land Rover, and interactive online content for De Beers Forevermark. In his time at Lean Mean, he won a string of awards including D&ADs, Webbies, One Show pencils, Cyber Lions and Cannes Agency of the Year 2008. With a background in web development, Dave is always on the hunt for upcoming talent, and to that end supervises master’s and PhD students in partnership with Queen Mary University. This scheme allows interns to experiment with tech through projects based on interactive social clothing, haptic communication, EEG devices, new social network innovations and artificial intelligence.


The Commentators (2)

Chris  Turner

Chris Turner


“Beautifully crafted one-liners, witty wordplay” – BBC

Chris’s sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blisteringly quick improvised raps have established him as one of the best up-and-coming comics on the international circuit, performing in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. 

His keen wit and intelligent wordplay have seen him rack up over 1.8 million views on YouTube; headline for 1 million Dutch comedy fans on RTL4's flagship stand up show, The Comedy Factory; appear live on BBC Radio 2 and 6Music and perform sold-out runs at festivals worldwide.

In 2014, his debut show Pretty Fly won the Amused Moose People's Choice award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe, with many of his jokes featuring in 'Best Jokes of the Fringe' lists in national newspapers. His new show for 2015, XXV, has already toured to Perth Fringe World, where it was nominated for Best Comedy.

As both a comic and improviser, Chris has showcased his jokes and freestyle rap skills in the UK corporate market, performing for Chelsea FC, HP, NEC, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, The UK Mortgage Senate, along with various smaller organizations.

Michael Mandel

Michael Mandel

Chief Economic Strategist
Progressive Policy Institute

Dr. Michael Mandel is known for his ability to identify emerging economic trends, both good and bad. As chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), a centrist Washington DC think tank, he provides policymakers with cogent policy briefs on such topics as the impact of regulation on innovation and growth, the effect of the international tax system on the location of innovation, and the Internet of Things.

As president of South Mountain Economics (SME), an economic consulting firm, Mandel is one of the leading experts on emerging occupations and emerging industries. He recently did a series of reports on the tech/info sector in London, New York, and San Francisco. Mandel is regularly quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Atlantic, Time, and Forbes. 

Dr. Mandel was previously chief economist at BusinessWeek magazine, where he was named one of the top 100 business journalists of the 20th century for his writings on innovation and growth. He received multiple awards for his work, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism.  He is the author of four books including Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better Than You Think, and a college textbook Economics: The Basics. 

Dr. Mandel earned his PhD in economics from Harvard University. He currently holds an appointment as senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chaired by (2)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an Associate Editor and Management Editor of the FT. He writes a weekly column, a blog and in-depth articles on global business, strategy and management.

Andrew was City Editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010. Since joining the FT in 1988, he has also worked as Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

He was named Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1987 with a degree in English.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the technology, media and telecoms editor of the Financial Times. Since joining the FT 15 years ago, he has spoken to CEOs, entrepreneurs, prime ministers as well as some of the world’s leading management thinkers. From the founders of Uber and Nest, to the CEOs of Microsoft and Vodafone, to the man who came up with virtual reality and Lady Gaga’s manager, Ravi has interviewed some of the most creative people in business today.

Through working with thought leaders in a variety of fields, Ravi has developed unique observations on the topics of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends in business and the changing nature of the workplace.

Ravi joined the Financial Times in 2000 and has held a number of senior positions at the newspaper, including editor of Business Life (the management section of the paper) and acting deputy editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a former editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management. He was also launch editor of FT Wealth.

He is co-chair of FT Innovate, the paper’s annual conference that brings together cutting edge ideas and business leaders.

Before joining the FT, Ravi worked as assistant editor, acting deputy editor and senior editor at Prospect Magazine from 1997 to 2000.

Who Attends?

FT Innovate is designed and tailored for forward-thinking senior executives responsible for making innovation happen in their companies, including: 

  • CEOs
  • Heads/Directors of Innovation
  • CIOs/CTOs/Heads of Technology
  • Heads/Directors of Research & Development
  • Heads/Directors of Product/Brand Development
  • Heads/Directors of Marketing
  • Heads/Directors of Strategy

Benefits of Attending

  • Experience this year’s much more immersive and participatory programme format
  • Gain valuable insights from practical, ‘nuts & bolts’ presentations, based on real industry experience
  • Understand the real steps you and your company need to take to make innovation happen
  • Keep abreast of latest trends and developments in innovation thinking
  • Hear outstanding speakers talk incisively about innovation’s failures, hardships and successes
  • Be inspired, informed, and reenergized by some of the best innovators in the business
  • Learn from the big name companies and innovation practitioners, and from the upstart start-ups


Who Should Sponsor?

Any company or organisation wanting to position themselves as being innovative, or consolidate and amplify their reputation as innovation leaders

  • Providers of innovation consultancy and any other business consultancy and advisory services
  • Technology vendors with innovative solutions for medium-large organisations
  • Big Data technology solution providers
  • Dedicated innovation technology providers including PLM and similar software
  • Executive recruiters
  • Investors in innovation (private equity, banks etc.)
  • International or regional development agencies seeking inward investment from innovative companies and industries

Why Sponsor?

Would your company benefit from high-profile alignment with this premier thought-leadership event?

Sponsorship of FT Innovate enables your company to benefit from the powerful positioning and brand-alignment offered in all pre-event marketing. Your branding appears on all direct-mail, the event website as well as many full-page and quarter-page advertisements that we run for the event in the Financial Times - a major advertising and marketing campaign offering co-branding with the FT and its annual innovation themed event.

Sponsorship also offers a chance to get some immediate return on investment through the many benefits we offer on the day of the summit, where sponsors get to meet and influence the 150+ C-level executives who attend this event. Using our online networking tool, sponsors get access to the delegates they specifically want to meet, increasing their chances of new lead generation.

Among the many other benefits, we offer some sponsors a chance to demonstrate their thought-leadership through a speaking opportunity, subject to editorial approval (keynote presentations, panelists, roundtable hosts), and also demonstrate their products or services with a publicity stand in the foyer space where all refreshment and lunch breaks take place. 

For further information please contact Joe Hames on or

+44 (0) 207 873 4551.


Agenda - 3rd Nov

  • 8:30am
    Registration & networking tea and coffee
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote Interview

    Tupperware Brands Corporation: Fortune magazine has called this $2.6 billion company one of the world’s most admired. And, while this iconic brand continues to hold a place in American pop culture, in over 80 countries around the world it is also a coveted household brand name. 

    Ask CEO Rick Goings, and he will tell you that empowering women around the world to be small business owners is what drives the company’s success. Learn how the company has continued to stay relevant as it has grown into far more than food storage, tailoring and customizing its innovations to markets around the globe.

    Goings will also shed some light on the company’s relationship marketing model and how it manages a salesforce of nearly 3 million women while staying true to a strong company value system.

    Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:45am
    Panel: Big Vs Small

    Which one is better at coming up with and executing the big idea?

    Are big companies really bad at innovation and small start-ups just naturally more creative and agile? Or is big getting better and better at it – and doing it at scale.

    Our panellists will introduce the key features of the small argument and the big argument.

    Giuseppe Zocco, Co-founder, Index Ventures
    Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute

    Moderated by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times 

  • 10:00am
    Noises Off: Discussion in the Room

    Given the accumulated wisdom and expertise in the room, the audience will be joined by the Big vs Small panellists, asked to pick a key feature of the big or small argument, and debate this in more detail at their tables. An opportunity to have conversations that matter, and, we hope, surprise. 

  • 10:20am
    Our 'roaming chair' will probe further, and gather your feedback

    Questions will be volleyed around the room. An exciting opportunity for delegates to be part of a debate with a room full of peers

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Big v Small panel to sum-up and conclude

    + Audience Vote

  • 10:45am

    Anne-Marie Huby, co-founder, JustGiving  

  • 11:05am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:30am
    Practical tips for small startups* on finding and keeping top talent

    - Why it's a tough and worsening environment in the war for talent
    - Attracting the best and getting them excited
    - Thinking out the hiring process (process is key)
    - The elephant in the room - there probably isn't career progression within your startup - but that's OK

    Melissa Morris, CEO, Network Locum

    * note from the organiser, 'big companies' will find this interesting too!

  • 11:45am
    Inventing a Creative Tech Tool to Empower a Generation

    Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us will explain the role her organisation played in the design of the new BBC micro:bit. The BBC micro:bit will be delivered to over 1 million school-age students in the UK. 

    Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder, Technology Will Save Us 

  • 12:00pm
    New Markets, nimbly

    Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief Marketing and Talent Officer and Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse, describes how the banking giant converted the energy of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion function and its internal employee networks into a full-fledged business, one aimed at creating wealth and growing the firm’s market share among women, African-Americans and the LGBT community in the United States.

    Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, Credit Suisse

  • 12:30pm
    Networking buffet lunch
  • 1:45pm
    FT Innovate View from the Top Interview

    A rare opportunity to hear from, and question, the global president of Epson - Minoru Usui - on his vision for the Japanese high-precision technology company, which was founded more than 70 years ago, and which was once synonymous with the dot-matrix printer. Epson continues to lead the way in global technological innovation and to push the boundaries by expanding on its traditional strengths as a manufacturing company.

    You’ll have the opportunity to ask Minoru Usui – an inventor in his own right – about how he comes up with new ideas, what gets in the way of making them happen, about his thinking on wearable technologies, whether small is better, how sensing technologies are impacting the way we live, and how industrial robots are changing the face of global manufacturing.

    Minoru Usui, President, Seiko Epson 

    Interviewed by

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm
    Big AND Small: The Application Economy

    To prosper in the Application Economy every business will have to go through a digital transformation, whether big or small, and learn to think as customers do, to optimize their customer experience. Every company will be a software company regardless of the industry in which they operate.

    As a startup company, being agile and innovative is easy because you can operate in small scale, there’s no legacy infrastructure or existing customer base that you need to take into consideration and you work on a vision with a few passionate people . However the challenge is to scale to a large size operation.

    As a large enterprise, you have the scale and established customer base but it’s so much harder to be agile and to introduce innovative new approaches or products. So are scale and agility competing factors? Is it one or the other, but not both? 

    Milko Van Duijl will explore both worlds to see not just how they can learn from each other but how they can work together  to grow their businesses further when they build eco systems of value around customers, generating new revenue streams and building unshakable brand loyalty

    The speed at which you can deliver new customer experiences – Time to Market (TTM) –becomes one of the critical success factors in the Application Economy which in turn will require increased agility of all businesses and, as we all learned from Darwin, it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

    Milko Van Duijl, Senior Vice President, Regional Sales, UK and Ireland, CA Technologies

  • 2:40pm
    Global Banks as Innovators

    Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, will discuss the role financial institutions play in helping to drive the real economy. Finucane will also share insights on how large corporations can use their  scale and size to innovate for extraordinary impact, from mobile technology to creative partnerships that address pressing social concerns such as climate change and chronic disease.

    Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Bank of America

  • 3:00pm
    CASE STUDY ‘Small’

    After pitching his idea to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, Nick went on to raise funding for his start-up – a smart shopping list tool that helps people around the world discover, organise and enjoy recipes and food. Since it’s launch in 2013, the startup has partnered with many of the world’s leading publishers, retailers and food brand and received a number of industry awards, including Cisco British Innovation Gateway award, The Drum’s ‘One to Watch’ honour, The Grocer's ‘Top New Talent’ award and the PPA Digital ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award.  

    Hear about Nick’s journey from original idea to running a successful startup. He will speak openly about lessons learned and establishing the right balance between following what's been done by others and ignoring these models to spot new trends, opportunities and challenges that define the future.

    Nick Holzherr, CEO, (BBC Apprentice Finalist) is generating some very frothy enthusiasm. Since the company's launch in 2013 it has won a Cisco British Innovation Gateway Award, The Drum’s ‘One to Watch’ honours, The Grocers’ ‘Top New Talent’ award and the PPA Digital ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award.  

  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    Roundtable Innovation Brainstorm

    An opportunity for delegates to generate new ideas and ways of solving problems with corporate leaders and topic experts, in small, mixed-sector groups with a maximum of 12 delegates per group. Delegates will explore questions that get at the bedrock fundamentals of innovation, bring new thinking to current challenges,network, and discuss the hottest, up-to-the minute topics of interest to those whose job it is to make innovation happen in their companies.

    Discussions hosted by:

    Kate Jackson, co-founder and CEO, Tablecrowd

    Corinne Vigreux, Founder and COO, TomTom

    Phil Cox, Head of EMEA and President UK Branch, Silicon Valley Bank 

    Komal Ahmad , Founder and CEO, Feeding Forward 

    Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder, Technology Will Save Us

    Nick Holzherr, CEO, (BBC Apprentice Finalist)
    Chris Rowett, Vice President, CA Technologies


  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Talk & Interview

    The founder of one of today’s most ‘notable’ start-ups will talk about what the future of work and personal life productivity will look like, on the importance of something being ‘sufficiently epic’ before doing anything with it, and – recognising the importance of small and agile in making innovation happen - on Evernote’s quest to become a 100-year old start-up. 

    Phil’s session will include paper, scissors and stone. 

    Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote

  • 5:45pm
    Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Agenda - 4th Nov

  • 8:30am
    Networking tea and coffee
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s scene-setting and opening remarks

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote Address & Interview

    Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, CEO and author 

    Is innovation a moment – or a process? Why are some people, and some organizations, more creative than others? What difference does structure make? 

    Every business Margaret Heffernan has run has been characterized by high levels of innovation, in the US and UK. Her books have analyzed how creative organizations thrive or fail. So what does her experience and research show about how innovation occurs in practice. Is there such a thing as talent? Does culture matter? Why do CEOs decry the lack of creativity in the workforce while that same workforce decries the lack of opportunity? Is innovation a romantic pipedream or a strategy?

    Interviewed by

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Innovating at Scale

    Barbara Novick's talk will centre on the importance of continuing to innovate even as a firm grows.  She will look at the need to listen to clients,  factoring in the evolution of the regulatory environment and capital markets, and embracing change and turning it into opportunity. 

    Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

  • 10:10am
    Operationalizing a Mission Driven Company

    The 23andMe’s mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. For almost 10 years, this mission has defined the culture and identity of the company.  23andMe is presented with many opportunities around the world to pursue the adoption of consumer genetics, and the company is also faced with many constraints ranging from regulatory requirements to management bandwidth to budgetary.  With an employee base that consisted mostly of a strong group of geneticists, engineers and researchers, Andy Page led the process to enhance the leadership team, business model, and operational experience.  Andy will discuss how embracing the mission of the company and guidance from the CEO/founder are essential to introducing business discipline and realizing the potential of 23andMe.  How can change be impacted most effectively in start-up environment?  How should risk taking and risk mitigation be considered?  How should the inevitable change in culture be managed?  These are a few of the questions Andy is likely to explore.

    Andy Page, President, 23andMe 



  • 10:30am
    Innovation Improv

    Two precepts central to improvisation are a) listen, and b) say yes (to even the most outlandish sounding proposition). These are also defining characteristics of successful innovators. 

    In this session, Chris will improvise around the theme of innovation using unseen (by him) slides from previous presentations, and words and phrases thrown into the set by the FT Innovate audience. This’ll be edge-of-the-seat, by-the-seat-of-the-pants stuff!

    Chris's sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blisteringly quick improvised raps have established him as one of the best up-and-coming comics on the international circuit, performing in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. He’s racked up over 1.8 million views on Youtube.

    Chris is a founder of Racing Minds, the critically acclaimed UK-based long-form improv comedy quintet. Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show 2014 and 2014. 'Clever, funny and satisfying' - The Sunday Times.

    Chris Turner, Comedian

  • 10:45am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:15am
    5 X 5 ‘Innovation Pearls’

    Five innovation concepts/ideas that would be useful in everyday practice, but may not be that well-known. Each of our five speakers has five minutes and 20 slides to explain the concept. Slides advance automatically every 15 seconds. All ‘actionable on Monday’.

    Ahmad Komal, Founder and CEO, Feeding Forward

    Stan Laurent, Group Chairman and CEO, PhotoBox

    Ben Medlock, co-founder and CTO, Swift-key

    Marc Strigel, COO, SoundCloud 

    Jeff Moriarty, Chief Digital and Product Officer, Johnston Press 

    Followed by 30 minute audience Q&A

  • 12:15pm
    Achieving the Impossible with Business Mobility

    The world of business continues to shift at an ever faster pace: emerging business models, new competitive threats; and employees who are now mobile-natives. Mobility is critical for success in every business – locational mobility in operation; economic mobility in market presence; social mobility in engagement with customers and employees. Business mobility gives organisations the edge, to innovate and achieve things that previously seemed impossible. Brian Gammage will talk about why business mobility matters, why it is no longer about devices or just about being on the move, and how VMware’s vision is allowing everyone to work at the speed of life. 

    Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, VMware

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    The ‘David & Goliath’ Arena: Disrupt! (or be disrupted)

    Four to five chairs are arranged in an inner circle. This is the 'arena'. The remaining chairs are arranged in concentric circles outside the arena. Two participants are selected to sit with the moderator in the centre, while the rest of the group sit on the chairs outside the arena. One chair is left empty.

    Our moderator will introduce a 'starter topic', and then the subsequent direction of conversation will be shaped by our audience. 

    Moderated by:

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times  

    Conversation starter:

    Alice Bentinck, Co-founder, EF

  • 2:00pm
    The Questions Workshop,

    What if you could solve all of your problems by asking the right questions?

    (25 places only, sign-up required in advance)

  • 2:00pm
    The Innovation Surgery

    Our expert panel provides answers to the 7 most embarrassing innovation problems

    (Questions/problems to be submitted anonymously on the day) 

    With audience Q&A

  • 3:10pm
    FT Innovate ‘Global Dialogue’ Topic Vote
  • 3:15pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    The FT Innovate Global Dialogue

    This panel will examine the key topic, voted into discussion by delegates, that has emerged during the course of the two days. The conversation will then be taken up and developed further at the FT Innovate US conference in December, and to be continued at FT Innovate 2016

    Moderated by

    Ravi Mattu, Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, Financial Times

    Dave Cox, Chief Innovation Officer, M&C Saatchi

  • 4:45pm
    The Last Word

    Government is often accused of being too big and cumbersome to innovate well. The Rosetta mission - which involved international collaboration, and years and years of planning - contradicts that narrative, exemplifying instead big, non-corporate innovation at its very best.

    Fred Jansen, who was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on a comet (and the first satellite to orbit a comet) will be talking about the mission and about the trials, tribulations and rewards of ‘big’ innovation. Expect lots of space visuals!

    Dr. Fred Jansen, Former Rosetta Mission Manager, European Space Station, Mission Manager, Gaia and XMM-Newton

  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s closing remarks


The FT Innovate Roundtables take place over two hours on the afternoon of Day 1 of FT Innovate and are designed to help generate ideas and ways of solving problems with peers and experts. Roundtable facilitators are either topic specialists or industry practitioners.

Roundtable discussions hosted by:

Kate Jackson, co-founder and Chief Diner, Tablecrowd

Corinne Vigreux, Founder and COO, TomTom

Phil Cox, Sllicon Valley Bank 

Komal Ahmad , Founder and CEO, Feeding Forward 

Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder, Technology Will Save Us

Nick Holzherr, CEO, (BBC Apprentice Finalist)

David Bunch, Global VP, Retail Marketing, Shell 

Marc Strigel, CTO, SoundCloud  

Companies and individuals with relevant thought-leadership can apply to invest in hosting their own FT Innovate Roundtable.

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Lead Sponsor (1)

CA Technologies makes software for businesses that are development-driven, because we believe those who build the apps will own the future. We help our customers succeed in a future where every business—from apparel to energy—is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, at CA we create software that fuels transformation for companies in the application economy. With CA software at the center of their IT strategy, organizations can leverage the technology that changes the way we live—from the data center to the mobile device. Our software and solutions help our customers thrive in the new application economy by delivering the means to deploy monitor and secure their applications and infrastructure. Our goal is to help organizations develop applications and experiences that excite, engage and open up money- making opportunities for their businesses. CA solutions power innovation by helping organizations to understand, plan, manage and control infrastructure ensure the best possible business outcomes.

Associate Sponsor (1)

VMware, the industry-leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure software company, enables organizations to innovate by streamlining IT infrastructure and operations, freeing IT resources for investment in strategic innovation. A pioneer in the use of virtualization and policy-driven automation technologies, VMware simplifies IT complexity across the entire data center and out to user workspaces, empowering IT to move at the speed of business.

Supporting Partners (4)

Innovate Finance is an independent not for profit membership organisation serving the global FinTech community. It aims to accelerate the UK’s position as the number one global hub for FinTech by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators and entrepreneurs. Together they are bringing new financial products and services to consumers - and enhancing the diversity, resilience and inclusiveness of the sector. Founded in 2014 Innovate Finance has attracted more than 120 members ranging from seed startups to major global financial institutions. As the industry body for the FinTech community, Innovate Finance serves as a single access point to the full financial services and technology ecosystem and – through our curated innovation programmes and partnerships with other organisations – connect members to policymakers, regulators, investors, customers, educators, talent and key commercial partners.

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, we empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and fundamentally improve society.

ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management - is a network of researchers, industrialists, consultants and public bodies who share an interest in innovation management. Founded in 1983 by Professor Knut Holt in Norway, ISPIM is the oldest, largest and most active innovation association in Europe, rapidly expanding in the Americas and Asia.

Level39 is Europe’s largest technology accelerator for finance, cyber-security, retail and future cities technology companies.

Through a tailored curriculum programme and its network, Level39 turbocharges company growth by providing access to investors, industry experts, mentors, jobs, news, education, thought-leadership and more. 

Six months after launching, Level39 opened another floor 'High Growth Space: 42' and in January 2015, launched its second floor 'High Growth Space: 24' - occupying 80,000 square feet of One Canada Square.

Level39 was launched by the Canary Wharf Group in March 2013 and has hosted over 1000 events and 90,000 visitors since its inception.

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