Are you building the next big UK internet success story?
Then you should nominate it to the First Tuesday Award!
Simply complete this form: http://bit.ly/zYu2Jj
It’s free to enter, application takes less then 15 minutes, and your details are completely confidential.
Deadline: Monday 15th April 2013, 6.00pm.
Once a year we name The UK’s Most Promising Internet Company with a Final at Internet World trade show attended by 11,000 industry professionals. Previous winners and finalists includes companies once tiny companies like Zoopla.com and Wonga.com when they where making their way up! The shortlisted companies will be mentioned on the Internet World website and the finalists will get featured on Sky News Technology.
How it works: A panel of VC’s (see below) will screen and shortlist 10 companies and 3 finalists. Each business is assessed based on the robustness of their business model (incl degree of innovation, USP vs competitors), market size/company growth, technical execution and quality of the team. The 3 companies indexing the highest on these variables will be the finalists that will be forwarded to the jury. The finalists will pitch to the jury and Internet World audience live on stage at Tuesday 23rd April 3pm. The award is handed over by the Jury Chairman.
Chairman: Paul Forster, Co-Founder, Indeed.com
Paul sold Indeed.com for a reported $1bn USD in 2012. Prior to Indeed he co-founded the leading job site for financial professionals which was acquired in 2003. He holds an MBA from INSEAD business school as well as Master’s degrees from Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
Sanj Bhayro, Area Vice President, Salesforce.com
15 years+ experience in Technology Sales, leading sales teams across EMEA. 8 years with Salesforce.com with a focus on building the sales and distribution model for the small to medium business market. Prior to joining Salesforce.com he worked for a number of business application software providers and resellers.
Nigel White, Cloud Managed Services Executive, UK and Ireland, IBM
Leads IBM’s Cloud Managed Services across UK and Ireland and is responsible for IBM’s IaaS and PaaS solutions. The last 13 years he has worked in Global Technology Services with IBM’s larger services clients and has worked across many industries; travel, banking, insurance, retail, pharmaceutical and research.
Martin works on the early stage technology team. Previously Martin was an analyst at UBS in London where he was part of a team advising a range of large cap media and telecoms clients including ITV, Vodafone and Zain as well as numerous private equity funds.
James Wise, Principal, Balderton Capital (Twitter: @JP_Wise)
Been investing in tech/internet-based companies for the past 10 years and James is sourcing the next best investments for the firm. Prior to joining Balderton, James helped build one of the UK’s first social venture funds.
Partner at Wellington since 2008, primarily focuses on new and existing deals in the Digital Media and Software sectors. Before Wellington he was a Sector Partner at 3i and held senior corporate development roles in strategy and M&A for Yahoo in Europe.
18 years operational experience within online, currently investing in early stage e-commerce, payment and marketplace businesses. Robert was previously CFO of QXL Ricardo where he managed nine acquisition and its dual listing IPO.
Focused on software and web technology opportunities. Before joining SEP, Mark founded and ran the European operations of network security OEM. Previously he worked as an engineer for 7 years focusing on high-speed semiconductors.
Michael uses his operational background from high growth telecoms and internet businesses to assess and invest in a large number of early stage tech businesses.
Wayne has worked in a variety of roles within the web technology sphere including in software engineering, product management, product marketing, marketing, operations, strategic partnerships, communications and branding.
Joshua Green, Investment Director, Arts Alliance
Joshua joined Arts Alliance in August 2003 and is responsible for a variety of analytic, financial and deal making processes across Europe. Joshua helped to set up Lovefilm where he served as its interim CFO.
Mike Chalfen, General Partner, Advent Ventures (Twitter: @chalfs)
Over the past 16 years, Mike has served on 20 boards and made around 35 investments across the technology and media sectors. Invests in enterprise software and mobile, e-commerce and internet service. Before Advent he worked as a partner at BCG.