We train exceptional students to lead our fund on their campuses. Our team brings together PHDs in subjects from Machine Learning to Drug Discovery, entrepreneurs who have built global businesses, and experienced VCs:

Meet Our Student Investment Partners

Iain Mackie

Glasgow, PhD Computing Science

Iain previously worked as a Quantative Trader, has consulted on technology-focused research projects, and founded a successful e-commerce start-up that supports one of the UK's fastest growing brands. He holds an MA in Applied Economics from the University of St Andrews, an MSc in Data Science from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently pursusing a PhD at the University of Glasgow, focusing on machine learning within information retrieval.

Contact Iain: [email protected]

Ekaterina Shatalina

PhD Clinical Science, Imperial

Kat is a neuroscientist who has worked on developing a digital diagnostics solution for improving mental health at the MedTech SuperConnector. She has also worked on digital innovation strategy at COMPASS pathways and as a clinical research scientist at Affect.AI. Her doctoral research is focused on applying novel ways of imaging the brain to understand schizophrenia and autism.

Contact Ekaterina: [email protected]

Joe Brown

Oxford, PHD Artificial Intelligence

Joe is a third year Creator Fund student. He helped to launch Moonshot Launchpad, an innovation programme at UCL to create a vibrant community of young founders and support early-stage student-led start-ups. He has since had summer experience consulting and as a software developer for Deutsche Bank. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and a MSc in Machine Learning from Imperial and his current research focuses on how machine learning can be applied to the energy industry to reduce carbon emissions.

Contact Joe at: [email protected]

Bronwyn James

LBS, MBA

Bronwyn has worked with and advised various startups, primarily in the technology and fitness sectors. She previously worked in strategic finance at Equinox, a chain of luxury fitness clubs. Prior to that, she worked for KKR and Morgan Stanley.

Contact Bronwyn: [email protected]

Jenn Jia

Cambridge, Neuroscience

Jennifer is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and final year PhD student in Clinical Neurosciences at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. She is also Vice President of Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, the largest entrepreneurship competition at the university. She has conducted research and completed an MPhil in Medical Science at Cambridge.

Contact Jenn: [email protected]

Adrian Signell

Kings, PhD Virology

Adrian is a clinical research scientist with expertise in viruses and genomics and recently worked with the NHS and a biotech start-up to develop and evaluate COVID-19 testing. He also holds a governance role at King’s College London. His current research focuses on discovering novel therapeutic targets in HIV-1 infection and he is passionate about biotech, medtech, and social impact ventures.

Contact Adrian: [email protected]

Kate Arzhevikina

UCL, Undergraduate

Kate is Director of the UCL Venture Capital Fund. She interns at Plug and Play Ventures, a Silicon Valley VC, focusing on startups across verticals including FinTech and Health Tech. She also has experience working in FinTech at Goldman Sachs and was recognised as the winner of the Financial Times Talent Challenge 2020.

Contact Kate: [email protected]

Adriana Vitagliano

MBA, Oxford

Adriana is a Forté Foundation fellow at Saïd Business School and recently co-founded [email protected], an initiative focused on enabling entrepreneurial thinking throughout the broader Oxford community. She brings core expertise in M&A, strategy and operational transformation from a career in consulting in NYC and in growth strategy at startups in the UK.

Contact Adriana: [email protected]

Akhila Denduluri

PhD Chemistry, Cambridge

Akhila is a Gates scholar and investigating the electrical interactions within living systems at a cellular level. She has extensive experience in health tech and working with interdisciplinary student teams to commercialise research. She has also built a talent platform to connect student entrepreneurs across the UK. Akhila is interested in socially-impactful translational ideas and need-driven innovation, which have the power to bridge the gap between availability and accessibility of technological solutions on a global scale.

Contact: [email protected]

Richa Bajpai

LBS, MBA

Richa founded Goodera in 2014 - a global technology platform for CSR, Sustainability and Volunteering. Raised $18mn from the likes of Omidyar Network and Angels like Ursula Burns, Binny Bansal of Flipkart amongst others. Starting in India, took Goodera global by expanding it to US & Europe.

She is also part of Forbes 30 under 30 India and Asia list and MIT Innovators under 35 India List. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Rutger University's Big Data Certificate Program.

Alessandro Masante

LSE, Undergraduate

Alessandro is a second year Creator Fund Student. He is the President of the LSE SU Venture Capital Society, is deeply embedded in the startup scene at the LSE, and has experience with working with early stage companies. He has previously interned at Barclays Investment Bank in the Equity Capital Markets division as well as at a boutique financial advisory firm, Kon Group.

Contact Alessandro at: [email protected]

Marc Moesser

Oxford, PHD Machine Learning

Marc is a second-year Creator Fund investor and an Ideas 2 Impact fellow at the Saïd Business School and the co-founder of the Oxford Venture Capital Network, focused on connecting stakeholders of the startup scene in Oxford and beyond. Previously, Marc interned as a management consultant at EY-Parthenon in Munich where he focused on the Life-science sector. He holds a MSc. in Biological Chemistry from ETH Zurich and a BSc. in Biochemistry from Heidelberg University and in his current studies is developing novel machine learning methods for the early stage drug discovery pipeline.

Contact Marc at: [email protected]

Meet Our Student Analysts

Our Student Analyst training program ensures that we are seeing the best startups on an even wider range of campuses

Leonie Von Loeper

London Business School

Masters in Financial Analysis

Leonie has co-founded a fintech, specialized in the provision of a digital pension product, after having won the 1st prize at the inaugural Financial Times x Bocconi pitching competition. In addition to the fintech sector, she has gained deep experience in the Tech & Media sector through working at an early-stage social network start-up. Currently she is pursuing the Masters in Financial Analysis at LBS to further her analytical approach to investing in and operating within start-ups.

Tom Phipps

Southampton

PhD (AI & Management)

Over the past 5 years in which Tom has attended the University of Southampton, he has founded a number of startups, exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and has recently exited his most recent venture to a tech team in Silicon Valley. He is currently studying for his PhD in Algorithmic Decision-Making and Ethics, and has recently launched soton_codes - a massive new digital literacy initiative at Southampton.

Christian Warken

Royal College of Art

Masters in Innovation Design

Christian is an Innovation Design Engineering student at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art. He co-founded a voice messaging app and was selected as a contender for the Grand Final of the Engineers in Business Fellowship Competition.

Krishen Jani

Bath

Krishen is a final year student at the University of Bath. He has a year of experience working at IP Group, a leading Life Science and Tech VC, in addition to this he was part of the 2020 Future VC cohort. His areas of interest include Tech, Fintech, Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Radina Kraeva

Strathclyde

Undergraduate

Radina is a Computer Science student at the University of Strathclyde, and the Co-Director of Startup Grind Strathclyde. Her first taste of entrepreneurship was at the age of 16 when she took the role of an Organisational Leader of Start It Smart | Pre-Accelerator, the biggest Pre-Accelerator program on the Balkans at the time. She is an alumnus of the European Innovation Academy and is also one of the youngest members of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE).

Celine Caraffa

Imperial

Céline is starting a BS in Biochemistry at Imperial College. She has hands on Lab experience having worked with Merck KGaA on an oncology research project, as well as writing a gut microbiome research paper. Céline loves languages and honing her social skills interacting with artists, entrepreneurs and scientists or with her large group of followers as an influencer. As well as speaking English, French and German, Céline is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish and is currently learning Arabic and Hebrew.

Lior Tapnack

Durham

Undergraduate

Lior has spent 6 months working between an early-stage startup and as an investment intern at a growth-stage venture capital firm. He is also the founder of Shift, a startup working to provide a platform for on-demand employment in university towns. He is passionate about the fast-changing mobility sector and always considering the next HealthTech trend. Lior is a second-year undergraduate at Durham University, where he reads Philosophy.

Jack Fleet

Manchester

PhD Renewable Fuels

Jack is a third year PhD student researching biotechnology and renewable fuels at the University of Manchester. Representing the University and his funding body (BBSRC) he won 3 awards at the 2019 Young Entrepreneurship Scheme competition (YES19), namely 'Environment YES Award', 'Best Plant, Microbial and Environmental Business Plan Award' and 'Audience Choice Award' for his teams' poultry-feed, automated insect farm business plan. Jack has also completed a professional placement with the University of Manchester technology transfer office - University of Manchester Innovation factory

Olivia Brooks

Bristol

Master's in Innovation and Psychology

Olivia is studying for her Masters in Innovation and Psychology at the University of Bristol, where she sits on the Entrepreneurship society committee. Over the past 3 years, Olivia has worked for several startups and she is currently working on her own sustainable fashion business.

Guy Sinclair

Sheffield

Undergraduate

Guy is a third-year student studying at the University of Sheffield Management School. He has been working with the University of Sheffield Enterprise Service since its inception. He speaks Chinese and has interned in Beijing sourcing for a global procurement company. Guy is also co-founder of an urban agricultural project based in Glasgow.

Miruna Chipara

Birmingham

PhD Formulation Engineering

Miruna’s interest lies in the translation of research discoveries into business opportunities. She is currently doing a PhD in Formulation Engineering at the University of Birmingham and one academic year at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. She also has an MRes in Chemical Engineering and a BSc in Biosciences with Business Management. She participated in MedTech innovation programmes in the UK and abroad, as well as organised startup competitions and events across campus while fulfilling various roles such as CFO, President, and CRO across different societies.’

Sebastian Thomas

Nottingham

Undergraduate

Sebastian is currently the President of Nottingham Entrepreneurs, a junior trader at Samuel & Co Trading, an industry analyst at Golden Drake Capital and a featured author in the finance column of the Sustainable Business Review. He also founded an investment mentorship programme on a football stock market platform, is a columnist for a football player profile specialist that has thousands of hits every week, and was a strategy consultant for a startup based in Nottingham. His recent achievements and hard work won him Highly Commended for Capital One's Personal Development Award

Elizabeth Young

Leeds

PhD Biomedical Engineering

Elizabeth was funded to undertake a secondment specialising in product development for a digital healthcare startup during her PhD and has both won and mentored the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MedTech BEST initiative. She co-founded a student-academic wellbeing network and has obtained associate fellowship in recognition of her contribution to student education. She holds a BSc in Molecular Biology from Glasgow and as part of her Centre for Doctoral Training at Leeds, has a MSc in Medical Engineering and extensive training in healthcare innovation and commercialisation. Her current multidisciplinary research investigates the mechanical pathology of non-traumatic spinal cord injury

Locky Wright

Warwick

Undergraduate

Locky is the Director of Warwick Incubator which has helped student entrepreneurs receive £250,000's worth of funding since its formation in 2014. He is currently working with other incubators to run a Student Entrepreneurship Summit in March 2021 and is a member of the Student Enterprise Advisory Board at NACUE.

Sarah Ruddell

Queen's University Belfast

PhD Advanced Data Storage

Sarah holds an MSci degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently in the final year of a PhD with the EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage. She is interested in the industrial applications of academic research and shining a light on the VC potential of students in Northern Ireland

Churchill Onumonu

Newcastle

Churchill is an Economics and Finance student at Newcastle University. He works as an Event Producer for MeetFounders, an event which allows founders to pitch their start-ups to investors and do 1-1 networking. He has also worked as a student partner for Entrepreneur First.

Adam Flanagan

Edinburgh

Adam is a University of Edinburgh Economics & Politics student, and the co-founder of Future Labs, a teen-led consultancy and events company which aims to encourage more young people to pursue their passions. He has been recognised for his entrepreneurial achievements at an event at 10 Downing Street.

Jai Taylor

Aberdeen

Jai’s first taste of entrepreneurship was founding a charity as an 18 year old school leaver. At the University of Aberdeen, he has completed an accelerator, cofounded a networking group, launched a startup hackathon, and become President of the entrepreneurship society. Jai was named as 1 of 100 young people who are changing the way people live in Scotland.

James Urquhart

St. Andrews

James is a second year student studying mathematics at The University of St Andrews.
He is the president of The St Andrews Entrepreneurs Society and an analyst in The St Andrews Investment Society.

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