Top Influencers: 15 UK Co-Founder & Partner’s To Follow in 2022

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Co-Founder & Partner play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-Founder & Partner role. We have selected these Co-Founder & Partner’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co-Founder & Partner’s. The list is in no particular order!

Damien Lane

Co-Founder & Partner @ Episode 1

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Damien Lane has spent the last 20 years investing in private companies, both in Private Equity where he was a partner with Electra Partners, then at Octopus Ventures where he was a senior member of the investment team. Having made a number of angel investments, Damien co-founded Episode 1 with Simon and Adrian in 2012. While at Episode 1, Damien has led investments in Carwow, Scurri, Touch Surgery, Attest and Zipcube and loves working with early stage teams of entrepreneurs; helping them develop their early stage startup into a fast growth enterprises capable of raising more funding from later stage investors. When he is not trying to help businesses to implement an optimal approach to growth, Damien can mostly be found running around Hampstead Heath or the Coastal paths of Great Britain. Having trained obsessively to run a 2:52 Marathon in 2015, he is now trying to dip below 2:50, in the spirit of continuous improvement. Damien has an MBA from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in PE from Oxford University. Learn more about Damien Lane on Crunchbase…

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Bhav Singh

Co-Founder & Partner @ Sandbox & Co

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Bhavneet Singh (Bhav) has over 15 years deep experience scaling up businesses within large corporates in media, sports, entertainment, & now learning. Prior to Sandbox, Bhav was President & CEO of Pearson English & Informal Learning at Pearson Plc. – the world’s largest education company. During Bhav’s time at Pearson, he transformed the English business into a cohesive portfolio across Retail, Institutional, Corporate (a Saas Business) & Digital to Consumer. Bhav added to the existing portfolio by acquiring GlobalEnglish, Grupo Multi & IOKI, all of which were then integrated under one brand, Pearson English. Prior, Bhav spent 8 years at Viacom International Media Networks, as Managing Director & Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets. He grew Viacom’s presence across their entertainment brands (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VIVA, VH1 & COLORS) into one of the largest thematic channel portfolios’ in Emerging Markets. Bhav has also held senior roles across digital, general management & business development with Manchester United Plc., IMG, & Discovery Communications. Bhav’s track record as a successful “intrapreneur” naturally led to the creation of Sandbox & Co, a JV set up recently with Astro. Sandbox & Co is a strategic investor of businesses at the intersection of digital, learning & media. Additionally Bhav was nominated to become a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2009. He also sits on the board for Hopster, Forthnet Nova & Antenna Group. Learn more about Bhav Singh on Crunchbase…

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Toby Coppel

Co-Founder & Partner @ Mosaic

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Toby Coppel is a Co-Founder and Partner at Mosaic Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in London. Toby has been in investing and operating roles in the internet sector since 1996. Prior to Mosaic, as a Partner at Virgin and an active angel investor over the past 4 years, Toby has made investments in companies such as Criteo, CreativeLive, Hailo, Pinterest and Transferwise and served on boards including Criteo, Virgin Care, Virgin Galactic, and Virgin Mobile (France). Toby was previously Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at Yahoo! from 2001-2007 where he led the team that invested $1 billion into Alibaba for a 40% ownership stake in 2005 and acquired over 30 startups including Flickr, Inktomi, and Overture, for an aggregate of over $4 billion. Toby also ran Yahoo!’s European operations from 2007-2009, a $1 billion division of Yahoo! with over 2,000 employees. Prior to this, Toby was an Internet Investor at Windsor Media and Allen & Company and was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. Toby earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School and his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Oxford. Learn more about Toby Coppel on Crunchbase…

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Fred Soneya

Co-Founder & Partner @ Haatch

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Fred was responsible for a number of high profile, large-scale innovation projects across one of the UK’s largest e-commerce businesses and post-acquisition, supermarket giant Morrisons. Fred created award-winning, digital customer experiences bridging the online-offline gap in one of the UK’s largest grocers, Morrisons. This included the launch of browse and order points, mobile payments and electronic shelf edge labels powered by early stage technology companies. To achieve this Fred worked with cutting edge early stage technology start-ups to integrate and piece together award-winning customer experiences. Co-founding Haatch in 2013, Fred runs the investment process end-to-end and works with portfolio businesses in advisory and board roles. Learn more about Fred Soneya on Crunchbase…

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Krishna Visvanathan

Co-founder & Partner @ Crane Venture Partners

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Krishna Visvanathan was a Partner at DFJ Esprit from October 2009 to April 2015. Krishna has been a Venture Capital investor for over 10 years. Krishna was previously a Partner at Encore Ventures from October 2009 to December 2011. Previously, Krishna was a Partner in 3i’s Venture Capital team and was responsible for several successful investments including Ezurio Ltd, Ubinetics Ltd, Blue Lithium Inc, E2V plc, Fastnet Systems Ltd and BTN Ltd. Krishna started his career at Ernst & Young before founding Optika Fibre Technologies, a polymer fibre and display technology start-up based in SE Asia. Krishna currently sits on the boards of Icera Inc, Netronome Systems Inc, Taptu Ltd, The Cloud Networks Ltd, Light Blue Optics Ltd and Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd. Krishna has a B.Sc. degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Learn more about Krishna Visvanathan on Crunchbase…

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Anastasiya Belyaeva

Co-founder & Partner, Venture Platform @ Fabric Ventures

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Founder & Partner @ Fabric Ventures – investing in decentralised data networks Learn more about Anastasiya Belyaeva on Crunchbase…

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Kevin Johnson

Co-Founder & Partner @ Medicxi Ventures

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Prior to co-founding Medicxi Ventures, Kevin was a partner with Index Ventures for 12 years, having joined the firm’s life sciences team in 2003. Kevin spearheaded Index’very first experimental asset-centric investment, in PanGenetics, which was later acquired by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. He was formerly on the board of directors of Versartis (Nasdaq: VSAR) and is currently involved with include Acutus and Levicept among others. Prior to joining Index, Kevin was with Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), where he was appointed Head of Research in 1994 and, in 1997, Research Director and Chief Technology Officer. He led the development of CAT’s platform technologies and their application in the discovery of a number of human antibodies, two of which are now on the market: Humira (Abbott Pharmaceuticals) and Benlysta (GlaxoSmithKline). Kevin was part of the management team that floated CAT on the London Stock Exchange; it was subsequently acquired by AstraZeneca.Kevin received a BSc in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University and a PhD in Pathology from Cambridge University. Learn more about Kevin Johnson on Crunchbase…

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Timo Litty

Co-Founder & Partner @ Grove House Ratings

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James Knight

Director, Co-Founder & Partner @ Original Content London

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Interested in #Cryptoassets & #Govtech | Previously @Mosaic_VC, International @Techhub | Engineer | Board Game Aficionado Learn more about James Knight on Crunchbase…

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Eeswaran Navaratnam

Co-Founder & Partner @ 01Ventures

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Eeswaran co-founded 01 Ventures. He is a passionate company builder, loves startups, technology and is experienced at helping tech companies grow as a co-founder of Onyx Consulting. He has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London and adamantly maintains his love for Fortran. Learn more about Eeswaran Navaratnam on Crunchbase…

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Chris Haley

Co-Founder & Partner @ 01Ventures

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Chris is currently an active deep tech investor at 01Ventures, with offices in Amsterdam & London. With 01V he intends to invest in companies taking on big global problems with very bold ambition. 01V will be looking exclusively to invest in cutting-edge technologies in the following areas: – decentralization – data & machine intelligence – automation – enabling technologies – human-computer interaction. He is a strong advocate for European technology and is actively involved in the European startup ecosystem. Chris has been the Investor in Residence at StartupBootcamp IoT, a coach with Startup Sauna and regularly runs the investment masterclass for the Capital Enterprise Greenlight Programme in London. When not in London you’ll most likely find Chris at one of the many great tech events in Europe taking part in a panel, judging pitch events or hosting an investor open house. Learn more about Chris Haley on Crunchbase…

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Alan Dargan

Co-Founder & Partner @ Lonsdale Capital Partners

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Alan was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at both Credit Suisse First Boston and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS). He ran a number of Investment Banking sectors and advised industrial groups and governments on major restructurings in Europe and around the world. In 1997 he founded Lansdowne Capital as a corporate finance advisory firm. Collectively Alan has over 30 years experience working on Wall Street and the City of London. Alan originally trained as an economist and is a chartered accountant. Learn more about Alan Dargan on Crunchbase…

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Severin Zörgiebel

Co-Founder & Partner @ Grove House Ratings

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Andy Wilkins

Co-Founder & Partner @ Perspectiv

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Andy Wilkins has more than 20 years’ experience helping people, teams and organizations significantly improve their performance. He has delivered more than 450 programs, workshops and coaching sessions for international companies in 11 countries. In 1997, Andy co founded Perspectiv, a research, consulting and training company specializing in the use of creative problem solving, strategy, leadership, and team development methodologies to help change and growth. Before that, he worked for 16 years at international IT companies as director of innovation and change, business unit managing director and director of strategy and marketing. Andy is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School in London on various MBA and MSc courses on innovation and management. He is currently working with the Business School on the delivery of the new master’s program in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership. Andy is researching the leadership approach necessary for dealing with “wicked problems” to help organizations better understand how to get the most from their methods. Learn more about Andy Wilkins on Crunchbase…

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Chris Rauch

Co-Founder & Partner @ Grove House Ratings

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