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

Annabella Wainer

Oxford, PhD in Environment

Annabella researches ESG and sustainable investing as part of her PhD at Oxford. She previously worked as a sustainability and climate change consultant at PwC, delivering ESG and impact investing projects for private equity firms, the BVCA, and other clients. She holds a BSc in Biology and MPhil in Environmental Policy from Imperial and Cambridge.

Savina Kim

Edinburgh, PhD in AI

Savina is currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh focusing on algorithmic fairness in AI with applications to the FinTech sector. She holds a MSc in Neuro-Informatics from ETH Zurich and a BA double degree in Cognitive Science and Economics from Yale University. Previously she has worked as a researcher at IBM Zurich focusing on transparent and trustworthy machine learning design and as an investment banking analyst in New York for the healthcare industry focusing on mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and general investment strategy.

Anand Ganeshalingam

LBS, MBA

Anand is an MBA student at London Business School. He was previously a senior associate at a venture capital fund in Toronto investing in digital health companies. Prior to LBS, he interned with Georgian growth equity, investing in later stage enterprise SaaS. Before entering VC, Anand worked at Vena Solutions, a growth-stage CPM software company. He is a designated chartered accountant, and started his career at KPMG, in the financial institutions practice. He holds an honours bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Alexandra Ntemourtsidou

Imperial, Msc in AI

Alexandra spent almost three years at Goldman Sachs working in the Quantitative Investment Strategies team. Most recently she was conducting ML research at a neuroadaptive startup and is now pursuing an MSc in AI at Imperial College London. Alexandra also holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial.

Edward Brown

Cambridge, PhD Machine Learning

Edward is a PhD researcher in novel AI techniques for space science at Cambridge University. Drawing on his background in Physics and AI, his work at a NASA research lab has led to multiple significant results in forecasting solar-driven conditions for satellites in Low Earth Orbit. Professionally, Ed has extensive experience in software and machine learning engineering. Having worked at two successful London startups, Cleo AI and Onfido, Edward has hands-on experience in building out scalable tech stacks that allow startups to flourish.

Edward Kosasih

Cambridge, PhD Machine Learning

Edward is a PhD student at the Institute for Manufacturing and Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery. His research focuses on using machine learning to extract insights from graphs and networks. He is the current president of Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC). He also co-founded a renewable energy startup based in Singapore and Indonesia.

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

Imperial, PhD Clinical Science

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]

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]

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

MinJia Tian

LSE

BSc Mathematics and Economics

MinJia is an undergraduate at the London School of Economics studying BSc Mathematics and Economics. During his summer, he interned at UBS Asset Management and was tasked with finding long/short investment ideas of 14 different mid-large cap companies. In his free time, he enjoys reading books about businesses and enjoys talking to people about new start-up ideas.

Anoushka Patel

Warwick

Engineering Undergrad

Anoushka is a 3rd Year Undergraduate Engineer. She works in the New Concepts Product Innovation team on live global projects, whilst concurrently studying for an Engineering degree from Warwick University. She is the recipient of the Smallpeice Trust Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship, and is founding TheTechSwitch, a non-for-profit movement supporting young people to lead with the technological, moral and financial astuteness to ensure all members of society reap the benefits of technological disruption

Alexandre Belsley

Bristol

PhD in Quantum Engineering

Alex holds a MSc in Photonics from the University of Jena and is currently pursuing a PhD in Quantum Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is part of the Quantum Engineering and Technology Labs where he carries out research in quantum information and metrology. His research focus is on developing and benchmarking novel sensing strategies that outperform current classical methods.

Alison McFarlane

Dundee

PhD in Cell Signaling

Alison is a final year PhD student studying Cell Signalling and Immunology at the University of Dundee. Her current research focuses on the pro-inflammatory cytokine Interleukin-6 and understanding vital missing information on how it functions at a cellular level to aid the drug discovery and development processes. She has also obtained an MSc in Immunology from the University of Dundee and is passionate about the constantly evolving life sciences and medtech sectors.

Rishit Jain

Cambridge

Rishit is an Economics undergraduate at Cambridge, and a two-time founder in the media, education and social enterprise spaces. He has had professional experiences in venture capital focusing on e-commerce and adtech, strategy consulting in energy, and public-sector startup growth facilitation. He is also the President of Cambridge’s largest consulting society, the CUCS.

Jan Heck

Cambridge

Jan is a physicist at Cambridge University, where his research explores new biophysical analysis platforms at the intersection of optical and microfluidic technologies.

He is passionate about bringing budding scientific ideas out of the laboratory and into actionable innovation. In addition to his academic and professional background in physics, hardware design, and open-source software that he uses to evaluate the potential of new ventures, he studied the history and philosophy of science in different cultures during his MA to underpin his views.

Jan is an alumnus of the Studienstiftung and the Haniel Foundation, and speaks English, German and Japanese.

Federico Gambedotti

Aberdeen

Msc in Data Science

Federico is an MSc Data Science student at Aberdeen passionate about turning technologies into easy-to-use services for citizenship. In 2017 he launched iBreathe, an air quality monitoring system designed to help users choose eco-sustainable behaviours, and that has been awarded in many youth science competitions including INESPO and Expo Science International. It is through iBreathe that Federico entered into the Scottish entrepreneurial scene and decided to launch its own tech startup. While this is still in the making, he has been supporting student entrepreneurs in Aberdeen.

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.

Eve Townsend

RCA/ Imperial

Masters in Innovation Design Engineering

Eve is a current student at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art studying Innovation Design Engineering (MSc/MA). After graduating from the University of Bristol with a Physics (BSc), Eve explored the commercial potential of her final year research. Her research focused on combining optics with microfluidics to develop a detector that could detect low-levels of pollutants in drinking water. Beyond university, Eve joined the startup Spin Up Science to work towards their mission of driving technology out of the lab and establishing new career pathways for entrepreneurial scientists.

Elizabeth Zubanova

UCL

Msci in Mathematics

Elizabeth is pursuing a Masters in Mathematics at UCL. She has freelanced for a phygital startup as a self-taught machine learning programmer after being inspired by the potential applications of AI and big data while interning at a data-driven consultancy during her gap year. Her aim is to bridge the gap between ML and deep tech specialists to automate or optimise processes within research and product development.

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.

Leon Gibson

QUB

Undergraduate

Leon is a Business Management student at Queen’s Belfast. He is currently studying Business Management and has recently founded a fundraising platform start up. Having taken part in one of the CreatorFund challenges last semester he jumped at the opportunity to get involved with the organisation. His background stems from marketing and launching large scale live events. He is keen to get involved with innovative HPSUs stemming from Belfast, providing them a pathway to funding and creating a positive local startup ecosystem.

Naseem Moumene

Durham

Undergraduate

Naseem is a third year student at Durham University where he is deeply connected to the startup scene through his experience as a student founder and entrepreneur. Most recently, he was a summer analyst working on fintech innovation and investments at J.P. Morgan, and at Outlierz Ventures, an early stage Africa-focused VC in Morocco. Other personal passions include blockchain, climate/cleantech and technologies that are driving real social impact and sustainable development, especially those transforming the African/GCC ecosystem

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.

Gordon Rennie

Glasgow

PhD in Computational Paralinguistics

Gordon is a PhD in Computational Paralinguistics at Glasgow University. He started out in psychology because he wanted to help people. Towards the end of my degree he became more aware of the huge benefits cutting edge technology can have in reaching dozens if not hundreds of people and using that technology to help them. This led him to first study human robot interaction and now computational paralinguistics. He is interested in AI, deep learning, and mental health.

Lewis Bowes

York

Undergraduate in CS

Lews is in his final year of a BEng in Computer Science at the University of York. He spent one year on a placement at ETAS GmbH, working on middleware and tooling for autonomous driving. He's currently interested in how software can be used to improve critical thinking.

Dan Foster-Smith

Newcastle

PhD in AI & Design

Dan is a PhD studying AI and the creative ideation process at Newcastle, the remaining time he works with various start-ups, primarily in the Sustainability and MedTech sectors. Previously he co-founded a creative AI start-up through innovationRCA after studying an MA in Design Interaction from the Royal College of Art.

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

Maddelena Bergen

Bath

Civil Engineering Undergrad

Maddelena is a second-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Bath. She has started her own Personal Training business, which she continues to run alongside her studies. She is also part of the executive committee for an accelerator programme at Bath University.

Matthew Russell

Exeter

PPE Undergraduate

​​Matthew is an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, reading PPE. He is serving as an Events Officer at the Exeter Student Investment Fund, responsible for organising over 50 events throughout the year. He has experience working at an early-stage organic drinks startup, and was part of the 2020 FutureVC cohort.

Guy Sinclair

Sheffield

Undergraduate

Guy is a graduate from the Sheffield Management School. His interests include sustainable agriculture and the future of food production, healthtech, mental health and the future of work. He has a broad range of experience having worked in front line healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and urban agriculture. 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.

Mehul Anand

Warwick

Business Undergrad

Mehul is an Innovation fellow at University of Warwick and co-founder of Advance Accelerator, a student run social enterprise accelerator. He has extensive experience in the West Midlands startup ecosystem and has worked with regional programmes such as Birmingham Enterprise Community and WM Creative Scale Up Programme. Most recently, Mehul worked for The Bullring, a dragons den style pitching showcase that brought together 60+ companies and 18+ investors.

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.’

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

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.

Rishi Anand

Oxford

DPhil in Physiology & Genetics

Rishi is a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford, investigating novel mechanisms of dopamine release that can be utilised as targets for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. He is excited by emerging research, particularly in Life Sciences and Healthcare, and how these can be brought to market to improve the lives of patients.

Yash Deo

Leeds

PhD in Medical Imaging & AI

Yash is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds studying the topic ‘deep learning with simulated data in medical imaging’. He also has a masters degree in artificial intelligence and 2 years of experience working as an AI consultant at PwC.

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