- Chairman of Cambridge Angels & President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Cambridge Angels, Director, Camdata
Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years. He has built up portfolio of 60+ angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. He is the WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15. He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and on the board of eight startups. In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £5+M) from the balance sheet of Marshall, a £2bn revenue Cambridge engineering company. He is chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge and has recently been appointed as the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN). He is a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association and on the investment committee of the Angel Co-fund. He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities and is voluntary equity finance chair for the Federation of Small Businesses. He is sharing his and others’ experience and anecdotes of angel investing by publishing online and offline – see www.investedinvestor.com
- Director, IC Resources
Neil is a founder of Intellectual Capital Resources, Europe’s premier technology recruitment firm. He started the company with the raison d'être of being an active participant in the technology community, rather than an ‘external supplier’. This means that every IC Resources business decision is made with the best long term interests of clients and candidates in mind. It also means that IC Resources is happy to sponsor Discovering Start Ups, one of the industry’s most valuable events. Beyond the office, Neil can be found occasionally treading the boards of the Questors Theatre and regularly toiling up and down a basketball court. IC Resources recruits technical and commercial roles from entry to Cxo level.
- Head of UK5G and Board Director for CW , CW (Cambridge Wireless)
Bob leads the UK5G programme. CW is the lead partner for a consortium chosen by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport, to create and deliver the national 5G Innovation Network called UK5G. UK5G brings together and markets the UK’s 5G eco-system - including the national Testbed & Trials programme along with other business-led 5G initiatives. See www.UK5G.org for more information.
Bob was CEO of CW from May 2015 to November 2018 focussing on leading the development of the organisation, broadening its reach with other sectors and clusters, while retaining the unique culture and dynamism of the CW community. Bob was appointed to the CW Board in November 2017. Bob is also on the editorial panel for the CW Journal, a quarterly publication providing thought leadership within the wider CW technology community.
Prior to working at CW, Bob was Director for Technology at UK Trade & Investment (now part of the Department for International Trade) where he successfully led national teams helping UK tech companies to access overseas opportunities as well as attracting technology inward investment into the UK. He also coordinated the UKTI science and innovation agenda and was responsible for the delivery of UKTI events from small missions to large trade fairs.
Abhi has a long heritage with CW having previously founded the CW Handset Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2008, now called Future Devices. Prior to CW, Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has a MBA in International Marketing and, interestingly, was approached by Cambridge University Press (alongside a colleague at the time) to write a book on Mobile Handset Design which was successfully launched in New Delhi. Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impaired through inclusively designed smartphones. He held senior management roles at Powermat and Silicon Valley mobile touchscreen technology provider, Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi created and is leading the CW Unplugged programmes in alignment with the UN SDG’s goals of creating Impact Innovators and the ‘Hive’ programmes a new form of co creating and co innovation in digital connectivity with some largest global brands in the world. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility and smart city infrastructure scale up Conigital and Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners AIP with 2 Billion Euros of assets under management for Infrastructure Investment.
- Director, Innovation Development, Magna International
David Paul has served as Director, Corporate Engineering and R&D since 2014. In this role David is responsible for identifying innovation opportunities for Magna from startups, SME’s, Universities, etc.
He has worked in the automotive industry for 38 years, beginning his career with an Engineering Apprenticeship then studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Loughborough (sponsored by Jaguar Cars Ltd) and later became a core member of Jaguar’s design team for their first V8 engine. Upon leaving Jaguar in 1995, David joined Magna International’s Powertrain division and in 2007 set up his own Consultancy to support SME’s and Innovate UK in the low carbon vehicle sector, before rejoining Magna in 2014.