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Virtual Super Connect Showcase

Virtual Super Connect Showcase

AI, FinTech, HealthTech, MedTech, Gaming, AR/VR/Video Streaming

In June 2021, the Super Connect Series will return with the Virtual Super Connect Showcase which is co-designed with the OVHcloud Startup Programme for individuals, startups, scale-ups, professionals and funders interested in the areas of AI, FinTech, AR/VR, HealthTech/Video Streaming, MedTech and Gaming

Join our virtual event on 10th June 2021 (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) to hear pitches from up to 20 tech startups and scale-ups with our digital exhibition enabling you to super connect over video (including view pitch decks) and listen to our tech talks (topics including securing investment, pilots and contracts, and scaling).

Every registrant who attends on the day will receive at least 3 free super connections to potential partners, clients or funders by email after the event to potential partners, clients or funders in the private & public sector.

Thursday 10th June 2021 

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OVHcloud is a leading European cloud hyperscaler and has been a cloud and infrastructure provider for over 20 years, with more than 1.5 million customers worldwide served by 32 global water-cooled data centres.
The OVHcloud Startup Program is a global programme that has been running since 2015 and has received 7000 applications of which more than 2000 have been assisted with cloud credits and solution architecture support.
The OVHcloud Startup Program provides tech startups with €10,000 of cloud hosting credits and up to €100,000 for scale-ups, enabling them to facilitate exponential and international
Empact Ventures are super connectors who open the right doors at the right time to help the right people and organisations achieve the right mutual outcomes.
We co-design initiatives with public and private sector organisations to create aggregate social or economic impact including the Super Connect Series, Super Connect for Good Competition, Virtual Northern MedTech Summit, Market Access for MedTech and others.
We are also a global innovation scout that proactively discovers, engages and facilitates introductions to the right innovation and business development opportunities that match the needs of our clients

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The Agenda

  • Introduction to the Super Connect Showcase (Kosta Mavroulakis, Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures)


  • Introduction to the OVHcloud Startup Program (Philip Marais, Northern Europe Lead, OVHcloud)

A fireside chat will be hosted by OVHcloud with Dr. Marc-Angelo Bisotti


Dr. Marc-Angelo Bisotti

Founder and CEO of policy-insider.ai

In the field of political communications (public affairs) it is essential to be fully informed about all developments in the political circus. Public affairs professionals have had to tirelessly sift through dozens of different information sources with diverse, inconsistent formats, which requires experience and costs a lot of time. Yet time is critical to success here, as thousands of papers are published every day at various political levels, which must be sifted through and processed. Policy-Insider.AI uses artificial intelligence to close some of the typical gaps between ambition and feasibility in political knowledge management and provide public affairs departments with relevant insights on political decisions at a glance. To do this, the online portal scans around 5,000 new political documents and 8,000 social media posts from various sources and databases every day in the background. To bridge language barriers in the process and provide customers with consistent insights from multiple countries, Policy-Insider.AI uses its own AI translator that is specially trained to translate political documents. In addition, the provider’s intelligent algorithms provide additional context by, for example, displaying comparable, already known documents to users and showing connections.

You will hear from 8-10 carefully curated tech startups and scale-ups from the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe who will pitch for pilots, partners, collaborations and/or funding in the areas of AI, FinTech, HealthTech, MedTech

We will host 15+ speakers from large organisations in the private and public sector along with investors, tech startups & scale-ups scale-ups in the areas of AI, FinTech, HealthTech, MedTech, AR/VR/Video Streaming, Gaming across the following 3 roundtables happening in parallel:


Closing Your First or Further Investment Rounds: Chaired by Kosta Mavroulakis (Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures), this roundtable discussed how MedTech startups, scale-ups and SMEs can better prepare for successful investment rounds


From Startup to Scale-up – The Challenges & Secrets to Success: Chaired by Philip Marais Startup Program Leader for Northern Europe at OVHcloud. Hear from startups that have successfully scaled their business and what tips they have to support you on your growth journey


Securing Pilots and Contracts in the Private and Public Sector: Chaired by Hiren Parekh Vice President for Northern Europe at OVHcloud. This roundtable looks at supporting startups and scaleups looking to work and pilot with the public and private sector.

An opportunity to have a quick chat over text or video chat with one or more of the tech startups and scale-ups that pitched in the first session and to see others to pitch in the second one. You will also be able to view their pitch deck or watch their 5-minute pitch back and request to be introduced by email after the event by selecting the ‘Super Connect Me by Email’ button.

You will hear from 8-10 carefully curated tech startups and scale-ups from the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe who will pitch for pilots, partners, collaborations and/or funding in the areas of  AR/VR/Video Streaming/Gaming

  • Expo Open: An opportunity to have a quick chat over text or video chat with one or more of the tech startups and scale-ups that pitched in the first and second sessions. You will also be able to view their pitch deck or watch their 5-minute pitch back and request to be introduced by email after the event by selecting the ‘Super Connect Me by Email’ button.


  • Networking:  An opportunity to connect with some of the attendees and speakers over one-to-one video networking in short 3-5 minute slots allocated randomly by our platform

After the event, the Empact Ventures team of super connectors will make at least 3 free super connections to potential partners, clients or funders to those that opt-in by selecting the ‘Super Connect Me’ option on the Eventbrite registration here 

This will give you the option to select your collaboration outcomes of interest (e.g. pilots, contracts, funding etc.), innovation interests (e.g. AI, FinTech, HealthTech, MedTech etc.), your business challenges (e.g. development, growth or funding challenges) and to specify which of the speakers, exhibitors or partners you’d like to connect with.

If you attend the ‘Expo’ area during the event and select the ‘Super Connect Me by Email’ on one or more of the exhibition stands, we will also introduce you to these exhibitors by email after the date.

Note: Super connections are only made for attendees that register on the Eventbrite listing here and opt-in by selecting the ‘Super Connect Me’ option and filling out our 3 key questions in full. Given the high volume of super connections that we facilitate manually for our pitchers, exhibitors, speakers, partners and attendees, we will make your introductions any time between Friday 11th June 2021 and Friday 30th July 2021.

The Expo

This will provide you with access to the below exhibitors who you can connect with via video or text, view their pitch deck or brochure, or ask them questions, and if you select our 'Super Connect by Email' button, we will introduce you to your selected exhibitor(s) by email after the event.

Post Event Videos

Our Speakers

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Hiren Parekh

Vice President for OVHcloud Northern Europe

Hiren Parekh is OVHcloud’s VP for Cloud services in UK, Ireland and Northern Europe. In this role, he is responsible for the business development strategy across the region, working closely with businesses in cloud adoption and transformation. He is also the figurehead of OVHcloud’s Northern European business.


Jo Slota-Newson

Venture Capital Investor at IQ Capital

IQ Capital is a venture capital firm, based in Cambridge and London. We invest in ‘deep-tech’ across sectors including machine learning, robotics, advanced engineering and materials. All of the firm’s portfolio companies

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Max Noble

Venture Investment at Seedrs

Max is a Venture Investment at Seedrs, the most active Private Equity funder in the UK, and Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platform having raised over 970m in total over 1150+ raises. His role is to strengthen the firm’s strategic positioning and build their partner network


Vee Mapunde

Programme Director at NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Vee Mapunde is the Programme Director of the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative based in Leeds which supports technology development, translation and evidence generation.  She is responsible for overall operations management, support for the Director and the Theme leads, as well as strategy implementation & translational project selection.

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Jon Masters

Head of Software Solutions at Siemens Mobility & Co-Founder at YouGo World

Jon is is thought leader creating, building and supporting ethical technology businesses that connect people to each other and to the planet. He is the Head of Software Solutions at Siemens Mobility responsible for the architecture of Stratos, a cloud-based, strategic traffic control system. He is also the Co-Founder of YouGo World, a global telepresence platform for mixed reality (AR/VR) experiences


Eleanor Boardman

Investment Executive, DSW Capital

Ellie joined DSW Ventures in October 2019 from KPMG’s Manchester office. Ellie is ACA qualified and gained three years’ experience at KPMG working with a wide variety of clients including both SME and listed tech businesses. Prior to this, she graduated from the University of Leeds with a first-class BSc in Psychology. Ellie has a strong passion for early-stage businesses with high growth potential and brings her experience of advising large corporates to start-up and scale-up businesses across the regions of the UK.


Chris Wheatcroft

Head of Syndicate Club

Chris is an Investment Partner at Ascension Ventures and runs the Ascension Syndicate, curating Tech and FinTech deal flow for HNW investors. He has been raising funds for early-stage technology businesses for over eight years. He joined Angels Den and set up and managed their Tech, FinTech and InsurTech Clubs where he raised investment for 110+ early-stage businesses over 6 ½ years.


Chandresh Pala

Founder of Cohezia Venture Studio

Chandresh is a Fusion Entrepreneur, Mentor and Digital Transformation Strategist specialising in creating purpose driven, ventures based on innovation and exponential digital technologies. His portfolio includes EPIC Hub (Exponential Positive Impact Capital) a revenue-based financing platform, YouGo.World a global telepresence platform using Mobile/AR technology, and Coconnex, an event technology company, amongst others.

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Philip Marais

Northern Europe Lead, OVHcloud Startup Program

Philip has been working with startups for the last 20 years within the VC, technology transfer and business incubation industries. He has accreditation as a mentor and business coach and currently leads the OVHcloud Startup Program in Northern Europe. OVHcloud is Europe’s leading hyperscaler and pure-play cloud provider.


Yigit Erol

Founder & CEO, Fidsy & Senior Solution Architect at GSK

Coming from a background in Computer Engineering and Engineering Management, Yigit has spent his professional career of over 17 years specializing in cross-platform software development, digital transformation, targeted marketing, content optimization, data analytics and business intelligence. He has worked within developer, lead, architect and management roles and currently getting my 3rd startup off the ground.

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Kosta Mavroulakis, FRSA

Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures

Kosta is an award-winning global super-connector in the private, public and third sector who co-designs some of the leading technology initiatives in the UK and Europe. He is the Founder and CEO of Empact Ventures co-designing startup initiatives, scouting innovation for corporates and funders, and acting as a super-connector to many tech startups, scale-ups, and SMEs to get connected across the globe.

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Kelvin Summoogum

Founder and CEO, Miicare

Kelvin is an entrepreneur, inventor and technology advisor with over 20 years of experience working for TfL, NHS, Met Police and as part of M&As. Kelvin is a doctoral researcher in the field of AI and Machine Learning and the Founder and CEO of miiCARE, an AI company specialising in the area of Geriatrics using IoT and blockchain technologies to promote active ageing and empower the elderly to maintain their independence within their own home – their place of heritage


Llogari Casas, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-Founder at 3FINERY

Llogari is currently the CEO of 3FINERY, a spin-out of Edinburgh Napier University that offers a novel Augmented Reality solution by bringing real-world objects to life on mobile devices.


Hayato Shimizu

Co-Founder & CEO at digitalis.io

Hayato is an experienced technology leader, architect, software engineer, DevOps practitioner, and a real-time distributed data expert. He is passionate about building highly scalable internet-facing systems. He came across Apache Cassandra in 2010 and became an advocate for this open-source distributed database technology.


David Bozward

Head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Agricultural University and Former Director at Blue Sphere Games

Dr David Bozward is a serial technology entrepreneur, educator, mentor and authority on international youth entrepreneurship and education with over 25 years entrepreneurial business experience.


John Courtney

Chief Executive of Boardroom Advisors

John is highly ranked in the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs list by City AM and is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from techSPARK.

He has been a Board Director himself for over 40 years and first started placing Non-Executive Directors over 25 years ago. John founded and ran six of his own businesses including a Management Consultancy for 10 years, a Corporate Finance offering for 10 years and a mid-sized Digital Agency for another 10 years.

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Chris Mckee

Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT)

Dr Chris McKee’s role as the Business Development and Innovation Manager based in Leeds is to support the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) in Research and Innovation, support both Leeds NIHR Medtech In Vitro Diagnostic Cooperatives, and support the University of Leeds to identify and engage with innovative medical/health technologies for future collaborations and NHS evaluations in areas of unmet clinical needs.


Adam Beveridge

Investment Manager at SFC Capital

Adam holds 6+ years of experience in founding, leading and mentoring businesses in the global start-up ecosystem, running my own start-up and working for numerous investment vehicles. Forbes has recognised his leadership skills, whilst multinational corporations, VC’s and numerous angel investors have invested in him.

More Speakers Coming Soon

The Super Connect Series

The Super Connect Series is a national tech initiative to facilitate collaboration and/or funding between tech startups & scale-ups with larger companies and funding providers.

Since March 2018, we have co-designed over 16 physical events to date in 9 UK cities and towns with Hays plc and 40+ partners

Our free events are open to anyone in particular tech startups, scale-ups, SMEs, corporates, funding providers, councils, universities, non-profits and healthcare organisations.

To learn more visit www.superconnectseries.com