Nzube specialises in early stage technology start-ups and their equity investments. After receiving over 200 business proposals last year, he met over 70 companies in person, of which 12 were mentored and 2 went on to raise capital. His professional experience covers entrepreneurship and finance in the UK and emerging markets.
He founded Amoo Venture Capital Advisory to support start-ups seeking growth capital. Previously, he worked in front office roles in global investment banking and asset management. As part of Nzube’s commitment to building strong and healthy communities, he volunteers and works with community-oriented projects that invest in developing human capital and nurturing talent.
Simon Vandi is Entrepreneur, Financier, Investment Banking Professional, and Music Executive Producer and Film finance Board Member.
He has served as a Programme Manager for tier 1 Investment Banks, such as Deutsche Bank’s Finance Process and Technological Change, Royal Bank of Scotland’s Mergers and Acquisition of ABN AMRO, HSBC’s Fund Research, JP Morgan’s Client & Business Intelligence, Bank of New York’s Asset Servicing Programme and United Bank of Switzerland’s Valuation and Integration Development Programme.
A Masters Graduate in Business Systems Analysis and Design, he founded SIVA (Simon Vandi Entertainment and Media solutions) in 2010, a media solution consultancy designed to help individuals and businesses achieve a 360 investment ready solution for better investor interest. He is also the owner of a record label currently overseeing the music business careers of 10 artists globally.
Today SIVA has established relationships with several movie, Music and Technology executives Worldwide from Hollywood Studio International, Patriot Pictures, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Film Finance Awards to name a few. He also currently seats on the film finance board across Hollywood, Warsaw and Cannes and on several other committees for business architecture, governance and finance.
In 2009 he was selected as one of only 40 Regional Role models in the United Kingdom by Windsor Fellowship to the Reach Society a programme designed to inspire ethnic minorities. He continues to sponsor disadvantage youths through various platforms and has been a keynote speaker for Deutsche Bank’s “I Have a Dream Program” two years in the running.
James Wallington is a director of private equity at Babson Capital.
He is responsible for investing in lower middle market businesses in Europe and raising capital for private equity co-investments on a global basis. James has raised over £1m for a financial services technology company, built the management team and licensed the technology to a challenger bank in 2012. Prior to this James worked in venture capital, assisting London-based high growth companies to optimise their business models through better use of design. He sits on the board of a sports management company that he founded, specialising in tennis coach recruitment and management of tennis programmes at luxury resorts across the world.
Prior to joining Amoo in 2014, Eric has previously worked at Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency as a consultant, assisting SMEs in cross border trades.
A South Korea based chemical engineering firm that he consulted has experienced 200% and 250% increase in production and net income respectively. Before his spell at KOTRA, he has worked at an investment bank in London and a tech company in Seoul where he helped with operations and finances. Alongside his current role at Amoo, Eric is also involved in a tech startup where he serves as business development manager in charge of business strategy and user acquisition.
Eric holds BSc (Hons) in Economics from Warwick, where he led Warwick Korean Society as the president. At Warwick Korean Society, Eric built a new website with integrated networking platform for its members as well as implementing various other projects and strategic partnerships.
Originally from Korea, Eric is fluent in Korean and also speaks Spanish and Mandarin. Outside his professional commitments, Eric has an avid interest in horology and enjoys cycling and football.
Mikko joined Amoo in the summer of 2014 after graduating from ESCP Europe Business School. Mikko has previously worked at Accenture Technology Consulting advising international corporate clients ranging from pharmaceuticals to telecoms; aligning and implementing technology solutions to IT strategy.
More recently, Mikko worked as an Investment Analyst at Knife Capital, a South African Growth Equity Fund focusing on technology-enabled companies. His main responsibilities included supporting the Investment and the Due Diligence process, as well as working on the Advisory side directly with local entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
Mikko believes Venture Capital is ultimately about building trust and interacting with people with different skill-sets in order to transform strategic visions into actionable insights. With a combination of analytical and critical thinking together with creative problem solving, even the most ambitious growth strategy can be turned into a reachable goal.
Mentor, entrepreneur, technical guru and Startup evangelist with extensive experience in setting up new projects from initial gathering requirements to design, proof of concept to full implementations of products
He has won numerous international prizes including British Council Award in the past, His team Jatrobot won 2 hackethons in a week at MWC2012. Founding CTO Fizzback, company exited at $88m in Nov.
John Butt is a General Partner at Conduit Ventures Ltd, a UK and China based venture capital fund manager which operates in strategic partnership with blue-chip institutional, industrial and sovereign wealth investors, investing in a range of advanced technologies which provide solutions to addressing resource security and efficiency issues across a range of applications and markets globally – with emphasis on Europe and the emerging markets. John is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Conduit funds and represents the funds’ investments through directorships in listed and unlisted companies in Europe, North America and China. John is currently exploring strategic interests in emerging countries in Africa.
Prior to Conduit, John worked as a Director with Citigroup Global Markets (Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions) and Price Waterhouse LLP International Privatization Group in Europe, North America and the fast emerging frontier markets. In this capacity he worked with Governments (Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, North & South Asia), multilateral and corporate institutions, and entrepreneurs. He started his financial career as a regulator with the Bank of England, London and holds degrees in Biochemistry from the University of St. Andrews Scotland and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, London.
Akolisa Ufodike is an entrepreneur with interests in Real Estate and Oil and Gas. He is founder of Aurora Equity Partners and President of Kainji Resources Ltd. an Oil and gas company with both upstream and downstream interests. Ako started out in industry as an Investment banker in Nigeria and his 19 year career spans Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Utilities, Telecoms, I.T and FMCG with leading organizations including Bell Canada and Molson Coors.
A finance executive Ako has been responsible for structuring financing for projects spanning various industries and has created value in several entrepreneurial ventures. He was co-founder and CFO for Jaguar Wireless a participant in the 2007 Canadian wireless spectrum auction. A Cornell MBA graduate Ako is a US CPA a Canadian CGA and UK ACCA.
Ako has served on the board of Uranium Hunter a US listed company with mining assets in east Africa as well as on the board of several charities including Peel Literacy Guild as Treasurer, the Black Business and professional Association as Director and Scouts Canada Chinook Council as Treasurer.
Victoria is an entrepreneur who has leveraged international expertise, IT knowledge and market insight to create and build companies from start-up to multi-million turnover, highly profitable enterprises. She has over 25 years’ experience in IT/Business Consultancy, Business Development and Business Management in the Information Technology and Financial sectors.
A specialist in market penetration strategies, market analysis and business development, Victoria has helped IT and financial sector companies to identify and secure strategic partners, investors and acquisition targets. She has participated in mergers and acquisitions in South Africa, Europe, the United States and Russia.
Victoria founded Shared Objectives in 1995 and grew it from zero to £7,000,000 annual revenue in the first 18 months. She achieved this by successfully penetrating the highly competitive financial sector as its market and capturing 16 major accounts in the first year with a tailored service offering.
Victoria then played an instrumental role in growing BSW Holdings to one of the leading systems integration firms in South Africa with annual revenue greater than £50,000,000 before selling at a huge profit to a publicly traded company at 12x revenue.
Victoria defined and implemented key growth strategies, propelling a subsidiary of Denel Informatics to over £25,000,000 annual revenue within 2 years. She also performed a turn-around for a struggling company by increasing worldwide sales volume by 250% in 14 months and doubling annual revenue via organic growth and a successful merger with a German firm.
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