Top Influencers: 31 UK Founder & Managing Partner’s To Follow in 2022

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Co-Founder & Managing Partner play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-Founder & Managing Partner role. We have selected these Co-Founder & Managing 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 & Managing Partner’s. The list is in no particular order!

Aviad Eyal

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Entrée Capital

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Aviad Eyal is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Entree Capital. Learn more about Aviad Eyal on Crunchbase…

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Michael Sackler

Founder & Managing Partner @ Supernode Global

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Michael Sackler is the Founder and managing partner at Rooks Nest Ventures. He is a film producer of indie hit films like The Witch and Obvious Child, and the one behind film studio Rooks Nest Entertainment. Learn more about Michael Sackler on Crunchbase…

Supernode Global is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in media-tech. Read more aboutSupernode Global on Crunchbase…

Reshma Sohoni

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Seedcamp

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Reshma has always combined technology and business from university to today. Getting degrees in both Engineering and Business (UPenn M&T) meant that from an early age she was cultivating a path that would always bring business and technology together. Early on in her career during the height of the dot com boom, Reshma worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B Software and Internet services businesses in the US and India. She had a small helping hand in building MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ) in its formative days. Following on from this, Reshma went to INSEAD and earned her MBA, fell in love with Europe and stayed on to work in Commercial and Marketing Strategy at Vodafone. Starting Seedcamp in 2007 was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that she jumped into with a strong desire to help the European founder realize global success. Reshma brings a good mix of tech, business, commercial drive, marketing and that American chutzpah to our incredible team. Learn more about Reshma Sohoni on Crunchbase…

Seedcamp is a European seed fund that identifies and invests early in founders attacking global markets. Read more aboutSeedcamp on Crunchbase…

Gil Dibner

Founder & Managing Partner @ Angular Ventures

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Angular Ventures is a specialist venture capital firm backing early-stage deep technology enterprise companies. Read more aboutAngular Ventures on Crunchbase…

Stephen Freidheim

Founder & Managing Partner @ Cyrus Capital Partners

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Stephen Freidheim has served as a member of our board of directors since 2006. Freidheim has served as the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P., a registered investment advisor to private investment funds, since 2005. From 1999 to 2004, Freidheim was the Senior Managing Member, Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Och-Ziff Freidheim Capital Management, the predecessor of Cyrus Capital Partners. Previously, Freidheim held leadership roles at Bankers Trust Company, a banking organization, Nomura Securities International, a financial services company, and Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, a securities firm. Freidheim brings financial expertise, knowledge of our company and general business experience to our board of directors. Freidheim is the son of Cyrus F. Freidheim, Jr., a member of our board of directors. Learn more about Stephen Freidheim on Crunchbase…

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Mads Jensen

Founder & Managing Partner @ SuperSeed Ventures

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Mads is an avid technologist, experienced SaaS entrepreneur and skilled business operator with more than 20 years track record in building and growing technology businesses. His passion is to build great tech companies, and today he does this as investor in and mentor of great founding teams. Mads is technically hands-on, and his expertise includes disruptive innovation using AI and data. He is the author of multiple US patents. Learn more about Mads Jensen on Crunchbase…

SuperSeed invests in seed stage B2B SaaS/AI companies and help them reach their first £1m in revenue Read more aboutSuperSeed Ventures on Crunchbase…

Benjamin Belldegrun

Founder & Managing Partner @ Pontifax AgTech

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Benjamin Belldegrun is co-founder and managing partner at Pontifax AgTech. Learn more about Benjamin Belldegrun on Crunchbase…

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Sitar Teli

Founder & Managing Partner @ Connect Ventures

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Sitar Teli is a founder and managing partner of Connect Ventures, a venture firm she and her partners started in 2012. Since its founding, Connect has invested in over 40 companies across Europe, including Fiit, Kheiron, Citymapper, Typeform, OurPath, and Soldo. Prior to starting Connect Ventures, Sitar was at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led that firm’s investment in SoundCloud’s Series A. Learn more about Sitar Teli on Crunchbase…

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Mark Beeston

Founder & Managing Partner @ Illuminate Financial

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Mark Beeston founded Illuminate after a 25+ year career in capital markets where he had been both the consumer of capital markets technologies as well as the entrepreneur, operator, and funder of capital markets businesses. Prior to founding Illuminate, Mark was the CEO for the Post Trade Risk and Information business at ICAP (now Nex) where he oversaw the creation of ICAP’s own investment subsidiary. Prior to ICAP Mark launched T-Zero (now ICELink) during his time at Creditex before the company was acquired by ICE in 2008. He started his career with 13 years at Deutsche Bank in derivatives trading and management, including periods as COO for both the Global Rates and Global Credit businesses. Mark has an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Mark was listed on the Institutional Investor Fintech Finance 35 and top 40 Lists, Financial News Fintech 40 Power List, Institutional Investor Trade Technology Top 30 and Top 40 Lists, and Derivatives Intelligence/Derivatives Week Rising Stars. Learn more about Mark Beeston on Crunchbase…

Illuminate Financial is a venture capital firm backing companies that solve problems in financial services. Read more aboutIlluminate Financial on Crunchbase…

Steve Lewis

Founder & Managing Partner @ Planit Ventures

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Stephen Chandler

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Notion Capital

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Stephen Chandler is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Notion Capital. An entrepreneur, investor and company builder, with 20 years experience in forming, funding, running, advising and investing in technology businesses, he has been a co-founder of over ten businesses with involvement in dozens more, where he helped a number of leading tech companies develop and execute winning market strategies. He has primary responsibility for the external fundraising activities of the firm and is active in deal origination in SaaS, FinTech and eCommerce enablement in the UK and Nordic region. He is / was the Notion Capital representative on the boards of Tradeshift, Mojn, Selfnet and Star. Learn more about Stephen Chandler on Crunchbase…

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Jeremy Oppenheim

Founder & Managing Partner @ SYSTEMIQ

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Jeremy was a senior partner at McKinsey until April 2016, where he worked for 24 years serving some of the world’s leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, technology, healthcare and energy sectors. He worked extensively with multilateral development banks, the United Nations and governments in both developed and developing countries. In 2007, he set up McKinsey’s Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, supporting ambitious public, philanthropic and private sector clients to put in place low-carbon, resource-efficient strategies. Prior to this, Jeremy worked at the World Bank from 1988-1993, specialising in economic transformation programmes for middle-income countries. In 2013-2014, Jeremy was programme director of the New Climate Economy project. He sits on a number of non-profit boards, including Global Action Plan (as Chair), the Woods Hole Research Center and Rare (UK). Together with Martin Stuchtey, he is a founder and managing partner of SYSTEMIQ. Learn more about Jeremy Oppenheim on Crunchbase…

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Abbas Kazmi

Founder & Managing Partner @ Collegiate Capital

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Abbas is a serial entrepreneur and investor who set up first company (of many) at 16 and numerous successful ventures later still has a burning passion for supporting entrepreneurs and getting involved with projects from a wide range of areas. A true Stakhanovite, some of his latest ventures include AFFINITY and Collegiate Capital both of which he founded and runs. Chairman and refounder of the illustrious Oxford Guild Business Society, the largest society in the world, CEO and founder of the Oxford Accelerator and a UK Undergraduate of the Year award winner, he has been named as one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year by NACUE and as a ‘One to Watch’ by Freshminds. Abbas is also the founder and President of the Collegium Global Network. He has been named as a Gateway ‘Rising Star’ and is a runner up in the national AMMT Fellowship award. He has featured in the BBC, Financial Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and many other media outlets around the world. He has been the driving force behind some notable events such as Kanye West’s guest lecture at Oxford and the Upstart Word Summit and competition. An academic scholar both at Westminster School and Oxford University (at New College), he has extensive work experience including at the financial powerhouses such as BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and many others across finance, consulting, commodities, private equity and venture capital. Learn more about Abbas Kazmi on Crunchbase…

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Niko Waesche

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ German Media Pool

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Niko co-Founded German Media Pool with Aljoscha in 2011. Niko has over fifteen years of media industry experience, for example, as Global Industry Head for Media & Entertainment at GfK and Partner at IBM Global Business Services, leading IBM’s European Media & Entertainment Industry practice. Niko also worked in VC and helped set up a corporate accelerator. He has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics as well as other degrees. Learn more about Niko Waesche on Crunchbase…

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Spyro Korsanos

Founder & Managing Partner @ Fuse Venture Partners

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An award-winning corporate advisor, investor and dealmaker, Spyro Korsanos is the founder and Managing Partner of Global Venture Partners. Global Venture Partners invests in the consumer internet sector and provides strategic advice and corporate finance for technology ventures. Since 2014, Spyro has led over 40 e-commerce transactions, valued at $2bn, which have created more than €1bn in capital gain. As a global development advisor, Spyro has been instrumental in the impressive growth of Delivery Hero, foodpanda and various Rocket Internet-backed businesses. Global Venture Partners has recently invested in Kurly, the Korean online grocer, and pet tech platform Felcana, based in the UK. Spyro was awarded TMT Rising Star in 2017. Previously, he held corporate strategy and investment roles with Sky, Liberty Global and Cable & Wireless. Spyro started his career as a corporate lawyer at Gilbert & Tobin and holds an MBA from INSEAD. Learn more about Spyro Korsanos on Crunchbase…

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Bhaskar Majumdar

Founder & Managing Partner @ Unicorn India Ventures

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A seasoned media and technology executive, entrepreneur and early stage investor primarily focused in the UK and India. Passionate about building new businesses especially in the areas of media & technology capitalizing on the opportunities created by globalization and proliferation of technology and its convergence that enable startups to successfully disrupt traditional value chains in these industries. He held a series of positions in the Indian media industry that culminated into being chosen to roll out Zee internationally. In 2000, decided to strike it on his own launched Recreate Solutions – a digital media services company with backing from Insight Partners. Within six years the company grew over 800 people and established itself as a global player with offices around the world leading to his first exit. Recreate was sold to a major US system integrator that delivered a substantial return on shareholders’ investment. That led to adopting the role of an early stage investor/advisor for start ups in the media and technology space both as a primary investor as well as an advisor to private equity firms. Bhaskar serves as an advisor to the UK Government and Start Up Britain – as well as a Tech London Advocate. On the Advisory board of FICCI on Media and Entertainment as well as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Board of India) on the Digital Addressable System Roll-out in India. He regularly contributes to discourse on media, convergence, and entrepreneurship in the UK and in Asia, in various conferences as well as publications. Also a Founder Charter Member of TIE in the UK and on the board of Total Start’s Mentor and Governance Board. Learn more about Bhaskar Majumdar on Crunchbase…

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Steffen Pauls

Founder & Managing Partner @ 7 Global Capital

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Angelica Anton

Founder & Managing Partner @ SILK Ventures

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Saleem Siddiqi

Founder & Managing Partner @ MUSST Investments

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Francois Mazoudier

Founder & Managing Partner @ TLC

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TLC is a co-investment club for Tech CEOs (and Tech Leaders) with significant track records. Read more aboutTLC on Crunchbase…

John van Oost

Co-founder & Managing Partner @ Fluxus Ventures

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John Van Oost serves as Managing Partner at Fluxus Ventures LLP since September 2015. He also serves as the Founder and Managing Partner at Yishan Capital Partners Pte. Ltd. He responsible for Yishan Capital’s investment strategy. He also serves as Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of Captiva Capital Management. He Co-founded and serves as Deputy Chairman at Alstria Office REIT AG until 2011. Prior to this he served as Managing Director at DTZ Corporate Finance and Grubb & Ellis. Prior to this he served as Vice Chairman of Supervisory Board at Alstria Office REIT AG from April 1, 2007 to June 8, 2011 and also Member of Supervisory Board from 2006 to June 8, 2011. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Louvain. He holds degree in BS Economics and Quantitative Finance from KU Leuven in 1990. He holds MBA from KU Leuven in 1991. He also holds MS in Material Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2016. Learn more about John van Oost on Crunchbase…

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Katy Turner

Co-founder & Managing Partner @ Multiple London

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Katy is Managing Partner and co-founder at Multiple. Multiple supercharges the progress of high growth companies and funds through brand and culture. They support European tech founders and funds building the capabilities, culture and communications that will enable them to take out the competition, take a big exit or take over the world. At Multiple, Katy has worked alongside the founders of companies such as Pipedrive, WeTransfer, Unbabel, Kalo, Aire, Beryl (formerly Blaze), Verve, Drover, Favro and Trouva, and funds such as Kindred, Connect, Whitestar and Albion; to clarify purpose, shape vision, define positioning, refine strategy, develop culture, build brand, acquire customers and drive growth. Katy began her career in publishing before choosing a bright future at Orange (in a time when it was actually cool to work for a mobile operator), where she launched products nationally and internationally. Roles in tech include VC at Eden Ventures, VP of Marketing at Videoplaza (acquired by Ooyala) and CMO at Tech City UK (now Tech Nation), as well as mentoring for Seedcamp and Techstars. She sits on the Investment Committee for the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Fund. Learn more about Katy Turner on Crunchbase…

Their drive growth through purpose, platforms and people for organisations with customers at their heart and tech at their fingertips. Read more aboutMultiple London on Crunchbase…

James Sealey

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Imagine Capital

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Stephen Keating

Founder & Managing Partner @ Privet Capital

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Steve founded Privet Capital in 2008 to focus on mid-market investment in special situations. Steve has over 25 years’ experience in investing in, fixing and growing SME businesses. Prior to founding Privet, Steve spent 10 years working in 3i’s buyout and turnaround teams. Before 3i, Steve worked for nine years in Deloitte’s Corporate Recovery and Restructuring divisions. Steve is a founding member and Fellow of the Institute for Turnaround. He holds an MA in Physics in from the University of Cambridge. Learn more about Stephen Keating on Crunchbase…

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Gareth Moss

Founder & Managing Partner @ The Blueprint

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Gareth founded The Blueprint in 2006. He identified a need for agencies to adapt to the digital age and harness the exciting opportunities it creates. His converged experience in consultancy and headhunting has given him a unique point of view to agencies driven by progress. Learn more about Gareth Moss on Crunchbase…

The Blueprint future-proofing agencies through capabilities planning and placement of progressive leaders. Read more aboutThe Blueprint on Crunchbase…

Ed Richards

Founder & Managing Partner @ Flint

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Ed Richards is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. Ed advises clients who face regulatory challenges, and assists them in adapting to, and making the most of, competition and policy developments. He also leads client teams working on issues in the digital/tech sector and in a range of network industries, as well as on competition and regulatory issues in general. Before founding Flint, Ed spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator. During this time, he worked closely with the European Commission and was Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators for Electronic Communications. Earlier in his career he worked as an adviser in 10 Downing St, and headed the corporate strategy team at the BBC. After leaving Ofcom, Ed led an independent review into financial services representation, which led to the merger of six financial services associations in the UK. Learn more about Ed Richards on Crunchbase…

Flint provides advice to business and other organisations on policy, regulation and politics in European and global markets. Read more aboutFlint on Crunchbase…

Mark Kukolus

Founder & Managing Partner @ BICPM

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Irina Pafomova

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Engelworks

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We help companies grow by creating desirable products & services based on human-centric design principles & actionable business strategies. Read more aboutEngelworks on Crunchbase…

Paul Taffinder

Founder & Managing Partner @ Taffinder Consulting

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Taffinder Consulting provides advisory consulting services in strategy, leadership, digital innovation, and organizational performance. Read more aboutTaffinder Consulting on Crunchbase…

Gert den Poel

Founder & Managing Partner @ Cybervalue

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Bostjan Makarovic

Founder & Managing Partner @ Aphaia

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Dr. Bostjan Makarovic is an expert in ICT law, regulation and policy with in-depth experience in data protection, internet and telecoms regulatory issues. He advised the Presidency of the Council of the European Union as to the review of the electronic communications regulatory framework, worked as advisor to various IT and telecoms businesses, including Avaya, T-2 and several exciting data- and IoT-related tech startups such as SharpEnd or MyRecovery, in addressing their regulatory and legal issues. He helped governments and regulators draft rules on electronic identity and e-trust services, e-privacy and telecoms market regulation. Founder of Aphaia, an IT law and data protection consultancy, he holds a Queen Mary, University of London PhD in all-IP networks regulation, and teaches European and International Telecommunications Law with the same institution. He is an IAPP-certified CIPP/E international privacy professional. Learn more about Bostjan Makarovic on Crunchbase…

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