A six-week pre-seed tech startup programme of virtual workshops, keynote speakers, introductions & networking, organised by Startacus. 

Coming January 2021

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Vi  Programme Speakers and Facilitators (so far...)

Eamon Carey

MD of Techstars London & General Partner at The Fund

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Eamonn Carey is the Managing Director of Techstars London and a General Partner at The Fund. He's one of the most active early stage investors in Europe, with a portfolio of over 50 companies across Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA.

Femi Kalejaiye

Senior Equity Campaign Manager at Crowdcube

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Femi has coached startups to raise millions through equity crowdfunding. He loves entrepreneurship and is fuelling community-driven investment with Crowdcube.



Perdie Alder

Co-Founder, Spice Startups

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Currently co-founder of Spice Startups, she has worked in the London startup ecosystem for over six years, at tech startups, accelerators, & incubation spaces. Perdie's expertise is organising, networking & connecting. In her previous role, she organised & hosted over 200 events/classes each year to accelerate the growth of scaling tech founders, alongside key players in the tech ecosystem. 

Colm Long

MD of Clairmar Consulting Ltd & Former VP, Global Operations at Facebook

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Colm Long, MD of Clairmar Consulting Ltd a management consultancy business focused on helping venture backed startups to scale. He previously held the roles of VP, Global Operations at Facebook & VP, Online Sales and Operations at Google. He also holds a Non-Executive Director role on Facebook Payments International Ltd where he is Chairman of the Board. Colm holds the role of Independent Non Executive Director on the board of Cpl Resources plc, is an angel investor & is also a member of Accel’s Starter Programme in Europe.

Naomi Timperley


Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates

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Proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019 & 2020. She has extensive experience working with startups & growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital &  creative sectors. Naomi is a non-executive director & consultant of growth & innovation agency Alt Theory & has been a mentor for 8 years & mentored several hundred businesses. 

Bruce Daisey

International Best-selling Author & Ex-Twitter VP


Bruce is one of the world's most influential voices on fixing work published in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal & The Guardian. He is a regular contributor to Wired. His book was the UK's top selling business hardback of 2019 & is an international bestseller - translated into 14 languages.

Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter & YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US. 


Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. He now spends his time championing reforms to workplace culture.

Margaret Anne Coyle

Co-founder, Spice Startups

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Margaret Anne is an experienced Programme Coordinator. Prior to co-founding Spice Startups, for two years Margaret Anne facilitated the programme coordination for a world leading tech community. During this time, she helped organise and facilitate over 200 events per year which included weekly investor intros, angel networking events,Demo events and interviews with high profile guest speakers. 

Kike Oniwinde

Co-founder & CEO of BYP Network

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Kike Oniwinde is the Co-founder & CEO of BYP Network, an organisation on a mission to change the black narrative and promote equity in the professional sphere. The idea of BYP Network came after Kike studied abroad and met talented black students who she didn’t know existed. Kike has featured in global media outlets such as Forbes, the BBC, and Roc Nation, as well as recently being mentioned in 'top 10 Black startup founders in Europe to watch in 2020 and beyond'.




Dave Graham

Global Director of Emerging Technologies Messaging at Dell Technologies

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Dave is focused on upcoming and existing technologies like AI, 5G and Data Management.  He is also a PhD candidate at University College Dublin focusing on communities, trust and how they intersect with emerging technologies. He enjoys mentoring startups, pushing them to find ways to transform the world and themselves.

Susan Kabani

Founder of Ugenie

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Susan founded Ugenie, which provides organisations with tailored digital platforms to engage their memberships or online. She is co-chair of the London board of GroYourBiz, a female advisory board for women, chair of the Westminster group of The Athena Women's Networking Group & a London Fellow for the Start-up Leadership Program. 

Gaynor Matthews

Co-creator of myNexus Platform & Founder WOW HOW makeup app


A serial entrepreneur, investor & NED who has been working with & advising startups for 25+ years. She knows all too well the many highs & lows of startup strategy & operations. One of her strengths is being able to recognise a great idea, then bring it to life, which is why she has been able to facilitate so many investors & entrepreneurs in making their dreams a reality. 

Martin SFP Bryant

 Founder Big Revolution & former Editor-in-Chief of The Next Web.

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 Martin is the founder of technology and media consultancy Big Revolution and the former Editor-in-Chief of The Next Web.


Isabella Ghassemi-Smith

Eco-system Manager, SeedLegals

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Isabella is the Ecosystem Manager at SeedLegals, a revolutionary legal tech platform that lets startups and investors complete the end to end legals needed to build, grow and fund their business, at a fraction of the cost of using a law firm. SeedLegals is now the number one UK destination for start-ups to close a funding round
Initially specialised in corporate law, Isabella went on to join an accelerator and co-found her own social enterprise Stepforce, which streamlines getting refugees into work.

Hannah Bryant

Founder, White Raft

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Hannah helps tech start-ups & SMEs apply for innovation grants.  Taking technical solutions and making them clear and understandable to funders such as Innovate UK. 


Having worked as a purchasing consultant for 15 years and managed an international procurement team, Hannah understands the mindset of an organisation who is holding an application process or evaluating a bid.  She now utilises that special insight to help organisations grow and develop through achieving innovation grant funding. 

Luke Thomas

 Investment Manager, Nova 


Luke is an Investment Manager at NOVA, here he's spent the past 7 years working with early stage technology startups to validate & develop their products & business models. Having previously held job titles of Product Manager & Startup Consultant he's well versed in all aspects of startup life & now works with founders to ensure they are utilising their investment capital as effectively as possible.

Amy Williams



Amy co-founded Good-Loop in 2016 after turning her hand from advertising at Ogilvy to volunteering at a soup-kitchen in Argentina. Today working with the likes of Nestlé, Unilever, the Co-Op, Coca-Cola & H&M, Amy’s ‘ethical ad platform’ rewards consumers who choose to engage with advertising by donating to their chosen charity, whilst delivering better ROI for advertisers. Amy is one of Forbes Europe’s 30 under 30, Ad Age’s 2020 Women to Watch Europe, listed as part of the BIMA 100 & a face of the United Nations #SheInnovates global campaign.

Tammy Marks

Scouting Manager,

L Marks 

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As Scouting Manager, at L Marks,Tammy is responsible for sourcing and identifying the most innovative startups for collaboration. Tammy's expertise ranges across a variety of industries, including retail, property and energy sectors.

Sam Bird

Portfolio Manager

L Marks

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As Portfolio Manager, at L Marks, Sam is responsible for supporting the development of the 35+ startups L Marks have invested into. Alongside this, Sam also reviews and provides analysis on startups coming through L Marks' corporate accelerators. 

JP Irvine

Corporate & Commercial Tech Partner working with Keystone Law


JP is a known, trusted and liked Partner with the law firm Keystone Law.  He has over 18 years cutting edge corporate and commercial experience - especially helping Startups.  JP's clients and consultancies include the revolutionary platform Seedlegals and the open banking pioneers Moneyhub Enterprise (where JP is Chief Legal Officer). Clients are located in London, Dublin, Bermuda, Singapore, Bristol and of course Belfast. 

Myrto Lalacos

Investment Executive, Praetura Ventures


Myrto works at Praetura Venture’s as Investment Executive where she executes on functions across the fund’s investment cycle. She was previously working in the acceleration space for over 3 years. As the Director of Accelerate ME, Myrto grew student-founded startups and held the role of Partnerships & Network Manager at L Marks, Europe’s largest corporate accelerator operator, where she supported the growth of 250 alumni startups.

Colin Keogh

Desigineer, designer and innovator

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Dr. Colin Keogh is an engineer, designer & innovator, who works at the intersection of Innovation, Start-ups & Research. He co-founded The Rapid Foundation, a technology non-profit supporting the developing world, the Open Source Ventilator Project, a community of innovators battled Covid 19 & Sapien Innovation, an innovation consultancy that works with global clients including Techstars, the UN, Air Asia, Dell & the European Commission. Colin is one of Forbes Europe’s 30 under 30, a postdoctoral researcher at UCD & an active start-up advisor.

Claire Jenkins

Co-founder, TableCrowd Talent


Claire has worked at BT, Tesco, run an African entrepreneurship organisation and has been immersed in the start up world for the last 5 years. She has a real passion for people, a wide understanding of different job roles and a natural ability to match people and organisations. She has been recruiting for London’s leading tech start ups for the last few years.

Alastair Cameron
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Startacus Co-founder, Head of Startup Programmes at Digital DNA, Maserati100, startup champion, freelance trainer.

Facilitator of Vi.

Co-founder, Startacus

Anne Orr


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Anne helps companies build high-performance and diverse Boards of Directors. Anne will help you demystify the boardroom and build your first Board of Directors.


 How #1

Digital Storytelling

Learn from your peers and successful tech startup founders. Be inspired by their success, and learn from their mistakes. Be more magpie! 

How #2

Key-note speakers

Listen to Tech and startup event speakers, but at a fraction of the cost. Listen, learn, understand, connect.

How #3


Joined-up Zoom workshops & learning, not just Zoom overkill. Learn from Investors, accelerators, & fast-track your understanding & network.  



 Main Themes (Full time-tabled agenda coming soon) 


Investment, how to pitch, pitching presentations, pitch to investors, crowdfunding, 121s… 


Accelerator programmes, competitions, grants, Public Sector


Customer Acquisition, scaling, managing growth, Customer Conversations



Marketing approaches, PR / gaining media coverage, networking and network development, tech ecosystems and reaching outside your own community 



Corporates & collaboration



Legals, IP, finance, Tech considerations etc 



Recruitment, what is required, finding talent, working remotely, importance of having a diverse team



Founder and team health / well-being 


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Coming January 2021



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