UCL Advances invites you to join us in celebrating the successes so far of various businesses that we’ve supported through the past year. We’d like to celebrate the successes with the partners, companies, students, researchers, mentors and stakeholders that have made it all possible.
We will be featuring a keynote speech by Michael Jackson (not from beyond the grave), UCL alumnus and General Partner at Mangrove Capital Partners in Luxembourg. He has an incredible wealth of experience in tech, in entrepreneurship and in growing successful businesses. (See below for a fuller bio.)
Come meet your counterparts and others who are part of the UCL Advances family, have an opportunity to network and extend your reach, and hear how UCL Advances may be able to help support you further.
We look forward to seeing you on the evening!
6.00 – Arrival and drinks
6.30 – Welcome Word - Timothy Barnes, Executive Director of UCL Advances
6.40 – Keynote speech – Michael Jackson, General Partner at Mangrove Capital Partners
7.00 – Networking
8.30 – End
UCL Advances will be providing catering so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special dietary requirements.
UCL is part of Enterprise Europe Network, the largest business support provider for SMEs in Europe who are looking to improve their innovation capacity and find partners internationally.
Keynote Speaker Biography
Michael Jackson graduated from UCL in 1984, after an undistinguished academic career - albeit one influenced by a persistent interest for the way people communicate.
The beginnings of cellular radio, mobile data, even mobile payment systems enabled by the way that communications indeed change and save lives took Michael onto the Internet in 1996. He used the opportunities presented by a deregulating world to start competitive phone companies across Europe. The roll out of Tele2 in Europe to 26 million customers together with the creation and establishment of 9 MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) operations in Europe were the training ground, and taught how the established way isn't always the only way.
With former colleagues, Michael hopped over to Chief Operations Officer role at Skype. Here, with special responsibility for all aspects of Skype's paid services, he led the organisation that took the company into €100M+ within three years.
Now, Michael is a General Partner at Mangrove Capital Partners. Active across all of Europe, Russia and Israel, he spends his time looking for investable projects and advising portfolio companies as they grow into significant operations.
Behind the scenes, Michael keeps in touch with the grass roots of new technology by spending spare time at various European Bootcamp type events - Startup Bootcamp in Denmark, HackFwd in Germany to name but two.
When & Where
UCL Advances, UCL's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, helps anyone who wants to learn about, start or grow a business. It’s primary role is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and small businesses beyond UCL’s boundaries. It works to support start-ups and small businesses across London by helping them to access the technical and business expertise of UCL’s staff and students through a series of programmes to help support ambitious young companies.
UCL Advances is affiliated with UCL Enterprise, which provides UCL’s structures for engaging with business for commercial and societal benefit.