A globally connected technology investor and corporate development executive, with over 25 years of experience leading the commercial development of two of the UK’s most progressive technology businesses; having most recently co-founded Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV), deploying over £85m throughout the UK and selling my founders stake to L&G Capital in July 2020.
Philosophically Michael believes that a balance of business building, corporate development and investment expertise are crucial to deliver sustainable alpha to LP investors in the most de-risked manner possible. The challenge when investing in venture, as an asset class, is to be systematic about how you screen opportunities at scale and then select the most likely winners with minimum bias.
Michael cares passionately about working with ambitious founders who have sight of industry defining product opportunities underpinned by deep science and technology.
Ian Jenks has over 30 years of experience in senior executive roles at technology companies. In addition to be a non-executive director at Zeetta Networks ltd., Ian is currently Chairman and CEO of Smartkem ltd, Chairman of Pyreos ltd, Chairman of Impression Technologies ltd, and a non-executive Director of Nexeon ltd, and Econic ltd and Zeetta. He was previously Chairman of Swedish listed company Birdstep Technology ASA, Senior Independent Director of Paysafe plc and Chairman Brady plc all of which were sold to private equity. Ian spent a number of years based on the west coast of America where he was a partner in the venture capital fund, Crescendo Ventures LLP, Chairman of Oplink Communications Inc. and President of Uniphase Inc.
Director & CEO
Ihab is an accomplished telecom and IT executive with over 20 years of global experience turning ideas into winning strategies, solutions and successful product launches. He has a track record in the leadership of several startups and taking their innovations to market, resulting in successful exits. His experience covers product development, product management, solutions sales and business development, within large companies as well as early and late stage startups. He offers his technical and business expertise to help organizations with this challenge and grow their business, both local market and internationally.