Late Stage VC Conference In Berlin
30 Aug 2018

0100 Conferences have prepared an exciting line-up of speakers who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge.

By Matthew Broadberry


The Growth and Corporate Venture Capital conference in Berlin will be playing host to a range of Venture Capital industry leaders from all over Europe. The conference is split into three streams with each stream providing a slightly different insight, delivered from a number of professionals with a wealth of experience.


There are a number of particularly interesting speakers and panellists attending the conference including; Itxaso Del Palacio, Jon Koplin, François Auque and Karen Stafford. These particular industry leaders are speaking throughout the day with Itxaso Del Palacio and Jon Koplin featuring in the ‘Opening Panel’ session and François Auque and Karen Stafford both involved in the Strategic Investments session.


Itxaso Del Palacio is an investment partner at Microsoft’s European venture fund, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures) with an early stage focus on AI, Big Data, Business SaaS and Cloud infrastructure. Previously having worked for Lepe Partners and EC1, Itxaso has experience with digital media and consumer technology as well as early stage start-ups and their commercialisation. Furthermore, Itxaso is actively involved in teaching entrepreneurship at UCL and Imperial, having received an Economics and Venture Capital focussed PhD. Itxaso also has first-hand experience with start-ups having co-founded ‘Founders Fit’, a platform aimed at connecting founders with a range of other professionals skilled in the growth of new businesses.


François Auque is a general partner at Airbus Ventures and the chairman of the board of Airbus Ventures general partner entity, leading European investments. François has occupied a variety of leading roles throughout his career including, prior to Airbus Ventures, having held the roles; executive vice president of Airbus Space Systems, CEO of Astrium and European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and CFO of Aerospatiale. It is a great opportunity to hear from an industry expert with over 20 years of Aerospace experience such as François making the ‘Strategic Investments’ section likely to be one of great interest.


Jon Koplin is the director at Cisco Investments leading the team responsible for investments, joint ventures and acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Cisco in 2017, Jon was an early stage technology focussed investor with European Family Offices. Having held leading Europe and Asia operational roles at Google and Samsung alongside working on the management team for the Sun Microsystems acquisition, ‘NetBeans’, Jon has been a key component of business success in the earlier and latter stages. Jon will also be speaking along-side Itxaso in the opening panel, providing a great insight into growth venture capital in the technology industry.


Karen Stafford is the Central, Northern and Eastern European Investment Director and Regional Manager for Intel Capital. Having been with Intel Capital since 2010, Karen was previously Intel Capital’s Chief of Staff and has since closed a many highly strategic deals with a variety of Intel Capital’s customers, suppliers and start-ups. Karen also now actively serves on a range of Intel Capital funded firm advisory boards. Karen is also speaking alongside François in the ‘Strategic Investments’ section of the conference beginning at 12:20pm.


The 0100Conferences Growth and Corporate Venture Capital Conference Berlin 2018 will provide an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the leading players in European Venture Capital. With insights into some of the investment strategies, focusses and processes of industry and venture capital leaders, the conference will connect those attending with the current trends and developments as well as a range of networking opportunities.


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