GP Bullhound Summit
Connecting the creators of the new digital world
Once a year, GP Bullhound brings together a select group of 100 of the most innovative minds in the tech community to debate and predict the future challenges and opportunities within the technology sector.
The discussion this year was inspirational and the message that emerged was clear – there has never been a better time to be a tech entrepreneur in Europe.
The event, hosted at the Puente Romano in Marbella, included talks from Mark Read, CEO of Wunderman / WPP Digital, Mark Curtis, Founder of Fjord-Accenture, and Gustaf Hagman, CEO & Co-founder of LeoVegas, as well as discussions on the critical developments in the digital economy, key trends, virtual and augmented reality, the pursuit of talent, and GP Bullhound’s latest findings on the European Unicorns which were revealed exclusively to the audience.
Four high growth companies were selected to present and compete for the Summit Superstar Award: Innogames, Uniplaces, Essence and Fingerprint Cards. The winner of the Summit Superstar 2016, as voted for by the group, is the Swedish phenomenon Fingerprint Cards, the world leader in biometric fingerprint solutions that outperformed every other european stock in 2015 with 1,391% growth, led by CEO Jörgen Lantto.
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The Summit is run as not-for-profit and financed by GP Bullhound and a small group of sponsors wishing to support entrepreneurship in Europe.
Sponsors for 2016 included Berenberg, London Stock Exchange, KKR, Barclays, Olswang and Clifford Chance.
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Berenberg is one of the leading privately owned banks in Europe today, with more than 1,300 professionals operating in 19 offices around the world. Through its four key business areas of Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking, Berenberg is able to offer a broad range of services to corporations, investment institutions and private individuals. Since being founded in 1590, Berenberg has been run by managing partners who have personal and unlimited liability. This direct accountability sets the standard to work responsibly, relying on the Bank’s core values to succeed as a trusted adviser whilst maintaining a firm connection with its heritage and traditions.
The London Stock Exchange plays a vital role in maintaining London’s position as one of the world’s leading financial centres. As the UK’s major stock exchange and the most international of all exchanges worldwide, the Exchange offers companies of all sizes the opportunity to raise capital. An expanding range of services, including seminars, internet information and regular publications, are available to all pre‑float and existing quoted companies on the London Stock Exchange’s markets.
KKR is a leading global investment firm with deep investment experience and in-depth industry knowledge focused on growing and improving businesses. KKR’s Growth Technology Strategy focuses on growth equity investments in high-growth businesses, and has participated in $2 billion of minority growth equity financings to date. Through this strategy, KKR seeks to partner with leading entrepreneurs – investing flexible, patient capital and leveraging the entirety of KKR’s platform to help growth companies maximize their long-term value potential across the Internet, Software, and Financial Technology sectors.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
Olswang is a pioneering technology law firm with a distinctive approach to business law and an immersive culture. Thanks to our decisive, connected and highly-commercial people, we have built an unparalleled technology, media and telecommunications practice, which makes us the law firm of choice for innovators in the digital world. Our clients include large multinational clients as well as entrepreneurs and high growth businesses. We work closely with our clients to help them stay connected, informed and sharp within their field. Headquartered in London, we have an international presence spanning Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Singapore.
Supporting companies that rely on technology to drive their business model is a core activity of our firm. Years of experience around applied technology and business processes means we can quickly grasp an understanding of what you are trying to achieve, and the obstacles that may be preventing you from doing that. Understanding your industry enables us to provide ambitious and realistic commercially-driven solutions for your business.
Confirmed attendees for Summit 2016 include Mark Read Wunderman/WPP, Matt Isaacs Essence, Jörgen Lantto Fingerprint Cards, John Elvesjö Tobii, Henric Ehrenblad Widespace, Frederic Chesnais Atari, Staffan Ingeborn, Marc Sebba, Alban Wyniecki Partech, David Kownator Infra Park Digital, Benjamin Bak LOVOO, Gero Decker Signavio, Björn Bak LOVOO, Ilkka Kivimäki Inventure, Bertrand Quesada Teads, Stephen Shanley KKR, Niels Tonsen LaModa.ru, Philippe Gelis Kantox, Ludovic Le Moan Sigfox, Stephanie Phair, Birgit Ströbel Newten Ventures, Pedram Tadayon Emric, Jesper Wahrendorf RatePAY, Mattias Åström C3 Technologies, Richard Law GB Group, Jay Patel IMImobile, Tom Valentine Secret Escapes, Nancy Cruickshank MyShowcase.com, Torgny Hellström Precise Biometrics, Sean Lee Wargaming, Mark Henkel Paymill, Dave Excell Featurespace, Mark Curtis Fjord, Gustav Mellentin Adform, Ray Anderson Bango, George Coelho, Ardia Smiti Carnet de Mode, Michael Schraybman Cogniance, Matthias Lehleiter Berenberg Private Banking, Lena Apler Collector, Ronan Pelloux Creads, Rolf Cederström Digital Origin, Cédric Teissier Finexcap, Gustaf Brandberg Gullspång Invest, Ben Prade MSUK, Malcolm Cowley Performance Horizon, Hendrik Klindworth Innogames, Richard Brass Berenberg Private Banking, Tony Waller Olswang, Nigel Shanahan Rant & Rave, Juliet Rogan Barclays, Gregory Salinger Videdressing, Alastair Crawford 192.com, Martin Falch 360 Leaders, Anders Wahlquist B-Reel, Charlotte Beazley Berenberg Private Banking, Gustavo Gomez Bizagi, David Rosenthal Brandalley, Alvin Khodabaks Clifford Chance, Andre Duminy Clifford Chance, Siavash Mahdavi Digital Forming, Gianpiero Lotito FacilityLive, Bryan Mcloughlin Harbert Management Corporation, Lucian Schoenefelder KKR, Nathalie Bruls KKR, Ian Walmsley Laporte Partners, Viktor Fritzen LeoVegas, James Clark London Stock Exchange, Henrik Ekdahl Optimizerinvest, Haavard Nord Oslo Business Region, Alban Wyniecki Partech, Chris Blaxall Performance Horizon, Lawrence Leuschner reBuy reCommerce, Jacob Fant Seventy, Anders Berglund Skilling Group, Vincent Hayes Somo, Ignacio Maluquer Uson Starlite Universe, Naveen Wadhera TA Associates, Charles Dilasser Teezily, Karl Andersson Matsmart, Ben Askew-Renaut Packlink, Ralph Ruimy TimeOne, Mariano Kostelec Uniplaces, Miguel Santo Amaro Uniplaces, Mathias Eklof Yell.ru, Michael Hayman Sevenhills, Arian Kalantari The Lad Bible, Cyril Andrino Brandalley, Gianluca D’Agostino Neomobile, Solly Solomou The Lad Bible, Ben Grech Uniplaces, Peter Veash The BIO Agency, Sean Duffy Barclays, Mark Fahy London Stock Exchange, Nick Giles Sevenhills, Magnus Gottås Bridgepoint Development Capital, Peter Read Vitruvian, Pete Wade Teh LadBible, Alexandre Balkany Padawan Group, Vincent Hayes Somo, Michael Tombroff Jack 45, Johan Kampe Harbert, Chris Caulkin General Atlantic, Mark Bertram Olswang, Fredrik Wester Paradox Interactive, Thomas Eriksson Neonode, Hans Otterling Northzone, Juan Urdiales Jobandtalent, Richard Jeffery Active Ops, Adam Ludwin Captify, Siadash Madhavi Digital Forming, Bonnie Roupé Bonzun, Tamlyn Thompson IDScan, Alexandre Balkany Padawan, Mathias Ackermand, Pablo Graiver TrialReach, Gustaf Hagman LeoVegas, Mårten Vading Kreos Capital, Pontus Lindwall Betsson, Titus Sharpe MVF, Wilfried Beeck ePages Software, and more..