Global Partner

Pictet

Pictet

Founded in 1805 in Geneva, Pictet & Cie is today one of Europe’s largest private banks, and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with CHF 505 billion (EUR 429 billion) in assets under management and custody at March 2018. Pictet & Cie is a partnership owned and managed by seven partners with unlimited liability for the bank’s commitments. The Pictet Group, based in Geneva, employs more than 4100 staff. The group has offices in the following financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Stuttgart, Taipei, Turin, Tokyo and Zurich.

Host Partners

 

Cocoon Networks

Cocoon Networks

Cocoon Networks leverages the support from several leading Chinese private equity firms, coupled with strategic partnerships with the UK’s top rated universities. We are dedicated to nurturing excellent ideas and fostering Sino-British start-up communities. To bring this about, we provide every aspect of support and expertise a startup needs to achieve its goals including venture capital investment, business accelerators, innovation centers, and media and IP management. We offer the most comprehensive and conducive environment possible to encourage creativity and innovation. We call this extraordinary connectedness, the coming together of the right ideas and the right people.

Microsoft ScaleUp

Microsoft ScaleUp

The Microsoft ScaleUp programme (previously known as Microsoft Accelerator) is designed for Series A startups and offers access to sales, marketing and technical support. Eligible startups partake in the immersive program at one of our eight global locations followed by ongoing support from a dedicated team of success managers. This is an immersive programme providing sales, marketing and technical support for qualified startups. ScaleUp helps startups grow across the globe with an intensive Microsoft-led programme in eight global offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Seattle, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tel Aviv.

Silver Partner

Wiggin

Wiggin

Wiggin is a law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and IP. We advise clients on the financing, exploitation and protection of their creative and commercial assets in these sectors. Alongside its specialist commercial expertise, the firm provides a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property. Wiggin’s clients range from leading businesses in broadcast entertainment, music, sport and publishing through to platforms, content retailers, gaming and technology companies and early stage entrepreneurs. The firm’s Brussels office provides legal support and lobbies EU decision makers on behalf of clients on a wide range of matters, including EU copyright, audio visual regulation, data protection, competition policy, trade and e-commerce. Wiggin has also built a network of trusted overseas law firms, with a similar media, technology and IP focus, covering all key worldwide jurisdictions.

Bronze Partners

Gillamor Stephens

Gillamor Stephens

Gillamor Stephens is a leading Executive Search company serving the European Technology and Digital markets. We have genuine global capability through our executive search alliance - Access Search Partners - with operations in the US and across Asia. Gillamor Stephens has supported the European Venture Capital and Private Equity markets for fifteen years, building the executive and non-executive management teams for over 350 early and mid-stage technology companies.

Silverpeak

Silverpeak

Silverpeak is an investment bank providing advice on M&A and financing transactions to clients in the technology sector. We provide a superior service thanks to our exclusive sector focus, wealth of relationships and execution experience. Silverpeak advises growth and innovative companies, financial sponsors (typically private equity and venture growth funds), and corporates seeking to grow via investment/acquisitions or to manage their activities through divestitures. The firm is the result of Cobalt Corporate Finance, Go4Venture Advisers and Centerboard Partners joining forces. This creates a larger advisory team with extended transaction credentials, and the same utter client dedication and execution excellence.

Data Partner

 

PitchBook

PitchBook

PitchBook is the premier provider of data on the public and private equity markets. We arm our clients with unprecedented insight into the flow of capital across the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape to help them capitalize on opportunities in the private markets.

 

Media Partner

The Innovator

The Innovator

The Innovator is a magazine devoted to understanding digital transformation through the experiences of the business leaders of this transformation. For Jennifer SCHENKER, editor: “Every edition will have a theme on which stories, interviews, debates, rankings will be based. The Innovator will be accessible online via a site hosted on Medium and a weekly newsletter.” The first edition will be about artificial intelligence and will launch at Viva Technology on 15th June. The next 5 issues will be produced and available at big international events dedicated to technology and will be free for Les Echos subscribers.