Connecting iGaming entrepreneurs with active investors

On the 9th November 2015 in London, 40 of the most exciting new iGaming projects and concepts were presented to over 50 members of the iGaming investment community. Stay tuned for 2016 dates! Please find below a link to the "Opportunities in iGaming" magazine, which details the business pitches of the entrepreneurs that attended the conference.

THE SPEAKERS

The iGaming Entrepreneur Conference brought together expert speakers from across the iGaming, entrepreneur and investor sectors.

Melissa Blau

Founder and director of iGaming Capital, a leading iGaming consulting and advisory company bridging European and US interests. She has been in the online gaming sector for ten years as both an operator and advisor.  Melissa is also Chief Financial Officer at FastFantasy

@Melissa_Blau

Michael Caselli

Editor in Chief of iGaming Business. He has helped to successfully launch several online and print gaming publications, consulted on numerous iGaming projects and unites industry executives at events that iGaming Business organises.

@michaeljtc

Mark Blandford

Partner at Burlywood Capital. Mark founded Sportingbet and grew it to a market capitalisation in excess of £2bn. Through Valhalla digital fund, he has become one of the most active and successful investors in the digital pay2play entertainment space.

Gemma Boore

Corporate and commercial solicitor at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP. Gemma has a specialist interest in the regulation of gaming and significant experience of working with both start up and established tech companies. 


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THE AGENDA

The agenda contained two tracks, track one was for entrepreneurs and track two was for investors. Beyond the conference, there were many events that gave investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to network.

09:30 AM

Track 1 (Entrepreneurs): Business plan and presentation workshop

An effective business plan and presentation is without doubt the difference between success and failure. In this session you will receive a definitive guide to writing an effective business plan, preparing an investor deck and presenting financial projections.

Melissa Blau, Founder & Director, iGaming Capital & FastFantasy

THE TICKETS

If you are an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, supplier or any other delegate type then please register your attendance via the Eventbrite ticketing system. 

THE VENUE

All talks will be held at Dexter House (Etc Venues), 2 Royal Mint Court, London, EC3N 4QN.

MEET THE ENTREPRENEURS

Please find below the entrepreneurs that exhibited at the event or that were featured in the "Opportunities in iGaming" magazine. There were additional entrepreneurs in attendance at the event. 

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All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

09:30 AM

Track 2 (Investors): The iGaming landscape

Overview of the iGaming landscape including market share of leaders in the space, current trends in iGaming and potential upcoming opportunities in the market.

David Shapton, Partner, Akur Capital

10:30 AM

Track 1 (Entrepreneurs): The legal requirements

In addition to a business plan and presentation it is essential you understand your legal requirements and associated costs. In this session you will learn about preparing your investment documentation and understand the legal requirements and associated costs of getting from an idea to completed first round investment.

10:30 AM

Track 2 (Investors): Risks in the Space

In any sector there are risks and as an investor you need to understand what these could potentially be to ensure you are able to avoid or at least minimise them. In this session we will cover in depth the legal and business risks specific to iGaming to ensure you are fully prepared when making an investment. 
 

John Hagan, Founding Partner, Harris Hagan

Bahar Alaeddini, Senior Associate, Harris Hagan

11:00 AM

Morning networking break

Held in the networking area, this break will enable you to network with other delegates over a cup of tea or coffee.

14:00 PM

Plenary: Entrepreneurs success panel

In this panel four successful iGaming entrepreneurs will talk about their journey from a start up to success and how they achieved this. This session will offer exclusive insights from entrepreneurs that have "been there and done it" and allow you to probe further with audience participation. 

Mark Blandford, Partner, Burlywood Capital

Gemma Boore, Solicitor, Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive, KAX Media

Max Wright, CEO, White Hat Gaming

Ian Hogg, Chairman, GamCrowd 

12:30 PM

Business lunch

Held in the networking area, this break will enable you to network with other delegates over lunch.

11:30 AM

Plenary: Venture capital: Why VC firms, incubators, accelerators and angels are looking for opportunities in iGaming

In this session hear from investors in the iGaming space that talk frankly about what they are looking for in their next iGaming investment. Find out first hand what makes them excited and what turns them off. 

Mark Blandford, Partner, Burlywood Capital

Evan Hoff, Founder, Velo Partners

Crispin Nieboer, Director of Corporate Development & Innovation, William Hill

Simon Collins, Executive Director, Gaming Realms

14:45 PM

Plenary: The next level: Growth and exit strategies for investors

This presentation analyses recent successful IPOs and M&As. Hear why the Capital markets are hungry for growth companies in iGaming and why M&A is a winning strategy for big firms. 
 

Sam Richardson, Partner, Ekman Capital

15:30 PM

Afternoon networking break

Held in the networking area, this break will enable you to network with other delegates over a cup of tea or coffee.

16:00 PM

Plenary: Entrepreneurs presentation panel: Hear from 5 companies at various stages of funding as they pitch their ideas to our investors

In this unique session you will hear from 5 companies looking to secure financing as they present their ideas in a Dragon's Den format to a panel of investors who will interrogate their idea and offer feedback on the pitch.  
 

 

Greenzorro

MOWJOW

Blockex

Sportito

HatchAsia

TBC

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ABOUT THE IGAMING ENTREPRENEUR CONFERENCE

17:15 PM

Conference closes

Evan Hoff

Founder of Velo Partners. Evan has been both founder and CEO of a series of ventures focused on various segments of the online gaming sector, including founder and CEO of a gaming investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. Evan has focused on venture capital, private equity and fund raising.

Crispin Nieboer

Director of Corporate Development & Innovation at William Hill.

Simon Collins

Executive Director at Gaming Realms. Simon co-founded Cashcade in 2000 and was its commercial director with responsibility for acquisitions and third-party relationships. Simon joined Patrick Southon in setting up NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector

David Shapton

Partner at Akur Capital. David leads Akur’s online gaming practice where his experience includes both UK and cross-border transactions. He has actively advised online gaming businesses since 2005, completing a number of notable capital raisings, acquisitions, exits and IPOs on behalf of clients across all major verticals.

David Shapton

Partner at Akur Capital. David leads Akur’s online gaming practice where his experience includes both UK and cross-border transactions. He has actively advised online gaming businesses since 2005, completing a number of notable capital raisings, acquisitions, exits and IPOs on behalf of clients across all major verticals.

Simon Collins

Executive Director at Gaming Realm. Simon co-founded Cashcade in 2000 and was its commercial director with responsibility for acquisitions and third-party relationships. Simon joined Patrick Southon in setting up NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector

Bahar Alaeddini

Senior Associate at Harris Hagan. Bahar specialises in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law.  She advises major B2C and B2B operators, start-up operators, investors and financial institutions on licence applications, investor due diligence, compliance issues, Gambling Commission requirements and Panel reviews. 

Charles Gillespie

Chief Executive of KAX Media. Charles is a Monaco based American internet entrepreneur with over 10 years’ experience in online gambling. Presently, Charles is an online advertising powerhouse whose assets include Gambling.com. Charles’ strengths are in finance, information technology and digital marketing.

Max Wright

CEO of White Hat Gaming. Max has been in the gaming industry for over 10 years ago, and over this time has acquired a wealth of experience with specific expertise both as an operator and software supplier in casino, poker, and bingo verticals. 

John Hagan

Founding Partner at Harris Hagan. Specialising in  online and land-based gambling law, John is recognised by independent guides as a leading gambling lawyer. John is a Trustee and Assistant Treasurer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is the Deputy Chairman of GamCare. 

Ian Hogg

Chairman of GamCrowd, the specialist crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for the Gambling Industry. Ian has also recently joined Shopworks a cloud based work force management company that also specialises in the Gambling sector. Ian has had a number of high profile jobs in the industry, most recently he was COO of Sportech Plc from 2010 to 2014. 

Sportego

Greenzorro

MachoPoker

THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS 

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MEET THE INVESTORS

Burlywood Capital

Velo Partners

William Hill

Gaming Realms

Open Field Capital

Capeview Capital

Ekman Capital

Oakvale Capital

Sports Investment Partners

Clearwater International

Oddschecker

iProbe Media

Elmcore

iGaming Ideas

Pacific & Orient Properties Ltd

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