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From October 13th to October 14th some 100 leading investors in European high-tech companies will convene in Barcelona to address the most pressing issues affecting partner level individuals in corporate and independent venture capital firms.

This summit level meeting, an initiative of the International Venture Club, has been designed by leading investors, weary of formulaic panels and keynote conferences, in the simple belief that senior and seasoned investors have a real need to come together, to speak and to listen, in short to collaborate. 

Through this spirt of trust and collaboration investors attending Smart Capital 2015 will deep dive, via facilitated breakout sessions, into core issues challenging senior practitioners:
  • Building and managing effective syndicates of international investors
  • Company board selection & management
  • Sustaining an international VC operation
  • Fundraising Masterclass - supported by EVFIN
  • Performance measurement in corporate venture
  • Optimal exit routes and managing the process
This collaborative process will also be applied to deal opportunities with significant time dedicated to present deal opportunities and build syndicates – not just in theory but in practice.

The social activities and dinners are designed to be informal (and elegant) taking advantage of the very best that Barcelona has to offer.

Given the format places at Smart Capital 2015 are extremely limited, with priority going to members of the International Venture Club.

To apply to register please click here .

Smart Capital 2015 is supported by the European Venture Fund Investors Network (EVFIN). The EVFIN is composed of 14 institutional investors representing 14 countries and €27 billion of capital.   EVFIN members will share their unique insight into fundraising and asset allocation trends in venture capital.

Some of the most experienced venture partners in Europe will lead sessions -
to see the full list of session leaders
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Mike Lynch
Founder & Managing Partner

Invoke Capital
Mike is Britain’s  most successful entrepreneur. Mike founded Autonomy in 1996 based on technology invented at Cambridge University, where Dr Lynch studied Information Sciences, received a Ph.D. and held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. He served as CEO of Autonomy for over fifteen years. Autonomy was acquired by HP for $11 billion in 2011.


Anne joined Apax Partners in 1989 after working in manufacturing and consultancy in the US. She became COO of one of her investee companies, Virtuality Group plc, after taking it public in 1993. Anne founded Amadeus in 1997 and today serves on the boards of Glysure, Covestor Inc, and Nomad plc. She is the Chairman of the EVCA and serves on a number of high-level governmental advisory groups across Europe. 
    Anne Glover
Founder & CEO

Amadeus Capital

  Patrick Dunne

Patrick was Group Comms Director for 3i and a member of its operating committee until 2012. With over 25 years experience in VC/PE, he is a regular speaker and commentator on boardroom issues. In addition to smart materials business D3O and the EY Foundation Patrick also Chairs Boardelta, a consultancy focussed on board transformation. He is a tutor on FT, BVCA, and ICAEW Board skills courses, a visiting professor at Cranfield and founder of Warwick in Africa. 


Stephan oversees €750 million of venture fund and co-investments. He has a diversified background as an investment banker, entrepreneur and CEO having lived in eight countries in the last 18 years. He is a non-Executive Director and Advisor to numerous innovative companies, Chairman of the European Venture Finance Network. He was appointed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. 
    Stephan Morais
Founder & CEO

Caixa Capital

  Christian Nagel
Founder & Managing Partner

Christian has 20 years+ entrepreneurial and investment experience. He is a board member of Auctionata (Berlin), Smava (Berlin), Ubitricity (Berlin) and Versus (Berlin). Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian acquired and ran a number of former East-German state owned businesses. Christian’s early career was spent with McKinsey & Co where he focused on restructuring, strategy and M&A. 

Prior to being a VC, Sasha founded and ran five successful companies in the including Elvees, ELVIS+, Elvis Telekom, EzWim and TrustWorks Systems. With ELVIS+, he brought WiFi and FW/VPN technologies to market. He was nominated as the best European VC of the Decade by The Investor AllStars Awards in 2012.
    Alexander Galitsky
Founder & Managing Partner

Almaz Captial