Deep Tech Summit 2019

We are delighted to be sponsoring TechTour’s Deep Tech Summit 2019 in London on 15-16 October.

Europe’s most promising growth companies and “wow-factor start-ups” have been chosen by the DTS Selection Committee will be presenting following an opening keynote by Ron Black, CEO, Imagination Technologies.

This year’s Summit covers range of breakthrough technologies including autonomous systems, robotics, AI, IoT, cyber-security, big-data, blockchain, 3D printing, space, hardware and electronics, and other IP-driven solutions enabling digital transformation across multiple industries.

Pietro Strada and Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partners at Silverpeak, will be presenting at the Summit.

For more information please contact Jane Martin – jm@silverpeakib.com

 

SpaceTech Leadership Dinner

Ahead of the UK Space Conference 2019 next week, we co-hosted an enlightening SpaceTech Leadership Dinner with Seraphim Capital and Gillamor Stephens last night with over 25 attendees across start-ups, corporates and agencies from the space ecosystem.  Carissa Christensen, founder of Bryce Space and Technology opened the discussion.

SEMINAR – Optimising exits for European technology companies

Silverpeak, in association with international law firm Bird & Bird, is hosting this seminar on Thursday 21 November 2019.

This briefing will provide practical guidelines and best practice for those seeking to sell or make a partial realisation in the current environment. You will hear real-life stories from an entrepreneur’s recent exit experience together with a viewpoint from the Private Equity industry.

Who should attend
This seminar is relevant to CEOs, Chairmen, FDs/CFOs, Non-executive Directors, shareholders and VC/PE investors with a stake in technology companies.

Programme
08.00 Registration
08.30 Introduction
08.35 M&A trends & valuation metrics
08.45 Trends & Risk in M&A Transactions
08.55 My Exit Experience
09.15 Achieving a strategic value
09.30 Panel discussion – Lessons for an optimum exit
09.45 Q&A to Panel
10.00 Networking
11.00 Close

 

Venue
Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP
Nearest stations: Chancery Lane, Blackfriars and Farringdon

 

REGISTER HERE

Winners announced at Silverpeak sponsored Enterprise Awards

Silverpeak were delighted to attend the 9th WCIT Enterprise Awards dinner last night to celebrate some of the most successful technology entrepreneurs in the UK & Ireland

Congratulations to all the winners.

Young Entrepreneur – Jack Tang – URBAN

Female Entrepreneur – Pamela Cook – INFOSHARE

Social Enterprise Entrepreneur – Alex Stephany – BEAM

Start Up Award – Niall Barton – WRISK

Public Sector Award – Jonathon Desmond, Max Smith and Michael Van De Weg – IMMJ

Deep Tech Award – Ricky Thomas – AVORA

Emerging Business Award – Priya Lakhani – CENTURY TECH

Developing Business Award – Peter Baumann – ACTIVE NAVIGATION and Emma Bowkett – CONVERTR

Scale Up Entrepreneur Award – Vishal Marria – QUANTEXA

Enterprise Award – Mark Richer – STARLEAF

Entrepreneurial Team of the Year – Neal Gandhi and Oliver Rigby – THE PANOPLY

Judges Award – Simon Hay – FIREFLY LEARNING and Bernhard Niesner – BUSUU

Mentor of Year – Stephen Kelly

Listed Company of the Year Award – Alastair Bathgate – BLUE PRISM

Leadership Dinner – data-rich businesses

On the evening of 30th April, Silverpeak, Spectrum, the retained executive search and HR consulting firm for the technology sector and Wiggin, the technology and media law firm, co-hosted a Data Leadership Dinner.

We brought together 16 senior executives and board members for a ‘Chatham House rule’ discussion on building competitive advantage in data-rich businesses, during a private dinner in Central London.

The key points of debate and discussion were:
• Are all businesses becoming data businesses?
• Can legacy businesses successfully re-engineer and transform, to become data businesses?
• Are businesses sufficiently architected – in order to utilise all the data insight tools available?
• Are companies ready for deep data insight?
• How much value does AI add to data?
• Key differences between businesses that use data to enable their business, and those that sell data (i.e. data is their core business)
• What do customers really value, and how do you use data to deliver that need?
• Reaching nirvana – when customers can’t do business without the data you provide
• Certain data-sets are more valuable in conjunction with other data-sets, i.e. data can be shared profitably and productively via APIs

Silverpeak sponsors the ‘Oscars of the Technology Industry’ hosted by The Information Technologists

Silverpeak is delighted to be sponsoring once again the Enterprise Awards which are the ‘Oscars of the Technology Industry’ hosted by The Information Technologists, the City of London’s 100th Livery company formed to contribute to the growth and development of the ICT industry. The spirit of the awards is all about recognising and celebrating the very best of the UK’s technology entrepreneurial talent.

Uniquely focused on the founder rather than the businesses themselves, the Enterprise Awards boasts previous winners that have achieved prominence on both private and public markets.

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner, sits on the judging panel who look for examples of vision, growth, innovation, funding, use of capital, use of resources, strategy, execution, ambition and determination to succeed.

The Award Categories include:

Young Entrepreneur – for entrepreneurs under 30
Start-Up Entrepreneur – trading for two years or less
Emerging Entrepreneur – up to £3 million annual revenue
Developing Entrepreneur – annual revenue between £3 and £10 million
Scaling Up Award – fastest growing companies
Public Sector Award – excellence and achievement in the Public Sector
Enterprise Entrepreneur – annual revenue over £10 million
Social Enterprise Entrepreneur – entrepreneurs with a business model that gives something back
Female Entrepreneur – for outstanding female entrepreneurs
Listed Company Entrepreneur – for entrepreneurs leading a Listed Company
Deep Tech Entrepreneur – game-changing, innovative, unique, core technology

For details of how to enter and to download an entry form, please go to www.enterprise-awards.co.uk.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 30 April 2019

B2B Software Leadership Dinner: Software leaders call for greater alignment as sector grows

There is significant capital for growth-stage business-to-business (B2B) SaaS and software companies, but early-stage fundraising is more challenging; subscription is the preferred revenue model, but perpetual licenses are still used in certain settings; “SaaS businesses” can differ in revenue models, delivery models, payment terms depending on their geographical and vertical reference market.

These were the conclusions drawn from the latest B2B Software Leadership Dinner in London.

The dinner took place on Wednesday 6 February and featured 20 senior executive and board members from the software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector. It was hosted by Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, Spectrum, the retained executive search and HR consulting firm for the technology sector, and technology law firm Wiggin.

“It was a wonderful dinner with the participation of 20 great executives & directors,” said Pietro Strada, Managing Partner at Silverpeak. “I think it demonstrates the quality and maturity of the software and SaaS sectors in Europe: it is clearly a very healthy and strong market.”

While the evening took place under Chatham House rules, some key points of discussion have been released.

Attendees agreed that while there is significant capital available for growth-stage B2B software companies, it was generally considered to be more difficult to secure early stage fundraising.

Furthermore, there are some major national and sectoral differences with regards to the adoption of SaaS vs. perpetual licenses, and in some cases, SaaS can represent different things to different people.

For some, it is closely affiliated with a company’s revenue model (subscription) or payment terms (annually/quarterly/monthly in advance), while for others it is about delivery (multi-tenant single-instance) and cloud hosting. For companies in certain sectors, e.g. financial services, SaaS may raise concerns about data capture and storage costs connected with these software services.

Given these various points of differentiation, the business leaders present at the dinner agreed that more needs to be done to communicate the characteristics and benefits of SaaS.

Ultimately the key success metric for B2B SaaS companies is customer adoption and utilisation, which requires the key implementation departments in the company to be aligned. It also requires SaaS providers to follow good business disciplines, such as understanding their clients’ needs and having a product that addresses them.

The group also agreed that whilst there are some common key performance indicators (KPIs) of SaaS companies, such as LTV or CAC or churn, the way in which they are calculated can vary. Senior managers should able to calculate them and present them into the context of their own businesses.

Silverpeak director David Bell revealed that some lively discussions took place among attendees, which is further evidence of the dynamic nature of the sector.

“We had a wide ranging-discussion, touching on the commercial, operational and financial insights of and challenges for B2B software businesses in diverse verticals and differing stages of maturity,” said Bell. “And somewhat surprisingly there were even some impromptu contractual negotiations taking place in the room.”

European and Italian Tech Investments

Pietro Strada spoke at ScaleIT in Milan on “European and Italian Tech Investments – A close look at B-rounds.”

ScaleIT connects the Top Scaleups in the digital and software space from Italy and Southeast Europe with International Investors to raise growth capital (3-30 mil €) and scale internationally.

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SEMINAR: Selling Out vs. Scaling Up

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Director, spoke this morning at Selling Out vs Scaling Up hosted by ScaleUp Group at techUK.

Other speakers included

David Richards: CEO of £300M+ valued AIM listed WANDisco

Tola Sargeant: MD of leading Technology analysts TechmarketView

John O’Connell: Sold Staffware for $200M+ and Chair, ScaleUp Group

 

Selling Out vs Scaling up – Silverpeak presentation – Sept26

Winners announced at Silverpeak sponsored Enterprise Awards

The Silverpeak team were delighted to attend the 8th WCIT Enterprise Awards dinner last night to celebrate some of the most successful technology entrepreneurs in the UK & Ireland

Congratulations to all the finalists & winners.

Young Entrepreneur
Ben Grech, Uniplaces
Andrew Murkerjee, Brisqq
Tim Sadler, Tessian (WINNER)
Charles Taylor, Debut
Imogen Wethered, Qudini (WINNER)

Evergreen Entrepreneur 
David Cocks, CloudTrade
Jeffrey Kofman, Trint
Jeremy Wood, Legerity (WINNER)

Female Entrepreneur
Rachel Carrell, Koru Kids
Sheri Jacobson, Harley Therapy
Lilia Stoyanov, Transformify (WINNER)

Social Enterprise Entrepreneur    
Rachel Carrell, Koru Kids
Nic Cary, Blockchain
Katie Massie-Taylor, MusH
Graeme Risby, Hiyacar
James Walker, Resolver (WINNER)
Alice Weightman, The Work Crowd
Public Sector Entrepreneur 
Jason Fahy, MYGOV
James Herbert, NotBinary (WINNER)
Priya Lakhani, Century Tech
Frances Toye, Unilink Software

Emerging Entrepreneur – Finalists
George Bevis, Tide (WINNER)
Steve Callanan, WIREWAX
Jeffrey Kofman, Trint
Tim Sadler, Tessian
Robert Sewell, SmartFrame Technologies

Developing Entrepreneur 
Peter Baumann, Active Navigation
David Griffiths, Fiscal Technologies
Vishal Marria, Quantexa (WINNER)
Jeremy Wood, Legerity

Scale Up Entrepreneur         
John Bates, Eggplant
Peter Baumann, Active Navigation
Nic Cary, Blockchain
Matthew Elson, SHE Software
Vishal Marria, Quantexa
Terry Walby, Thoughtonomy (WINNER)
James Walker, Resolver

Enterprise Entrepreneur 
Richard Jeffery, ActiveOps (WINNER)
Crispin Moger, Marmalade
David Poole, Symphony Ventures
Sean Taylor, Redwood Technologies Group

Listed Company Entrepreneur 
David Richards, WANdisco (WINNER)

Judges Special Award 
Nic Cary, Blockchain (WINNER)
Priya Lakhani, Century Tech

Mentor of the Year
John O’Connell, Scaleup Group (WINNER)