Investing in the brightest minds

The iGaming Entrepreneur Conference, taking place on the 8th December 2016 in London, is for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators, private equity and angel investors who see value in the multi-billion pound igaming sector. The conference is essential for the continued development of innovation in gaming, and is a unique forum that brings focused igaming entrepreneurial opportunities to investors. This year, the conference introduces a unique mentoring programme for entrepreneurs, providing personalised mentoring and professional services to the winner of the brightest minds showcase. 

THE SPEAKERS

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

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.

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Mark Blandford

Mark was the founder of Sporting PLC a UK listed digital gaming operator that was jointly acquired by William Hill and GVC. Mark left Sportingbet in 2007 and is now a Venture Capital and Private equity investor. Mark is a founding partner at Burlywood Capital, advising gaming companies on fund raising, strategy and corporate finance.  

Evan Hoff

Evan is a chartered accountant with significant experience across the gambling sector. His career started at PWC, and is now founder/CEO of a series of ventures in the online gaming sector. Evan focuses on venture capital and private equity, and is currently a partner at Velo Capital Partners; an early stage investor in games and gambling companies.

Carla Maree Vella is the CEO at Optimizer Invest. She works actively to improve the performances of Optimizer’s current portfolio companies and to seek out new investment opportunities. Carla is passionate about digital marketing, technology, data, operational efficiency and CRO. She is known for her drive and personality.

Carla Maree Vella

THE AGENDA

The agenda has multiple sessions dedicated to entrepreneurs and to investors. Beyond the conference, there are many events that give investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to network.

09:30 

Welcome

An introduction to the iGaming Entrepreneur Conference and all of the conference sessions and networking events. You will also hear about the mentoring programme.

Michael Caselli, Editor in Chief, iGaming Business

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

Grange Tower Bridge, 45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP.

MEET THE 2016 ENTREPRENEURS

Please find below the entrepreneurs that are exhibiting at the 2016 event or that will be featured in the "Opportunities in iGaming" magazine. 

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09:40 

Pitch perfect

It's your big pitch, and you only have one chance to get it right. This session brings you dynamic, expert advice on how to pitch your product in the most effective and VC friendly manner so you can captivate potential investors.
 
Learning Objectives:  
  • Know what your investor needs
  • Create a compelling investor presentation
  • Be both persuasive and likeable
  • Run investor pitches that work

Benjamin Ball, Director, Benjamin Ball Associates

10:20 

The lean startup

Discover the secrets of lean startups, like product focus, small bets, customer validation and pivot points, and why in iGaming, they can kill you.
 
Learning Objectives:  
  • Busting lean start-up - attacking what's become the new orthodoxy for start-ups and warning against hipster jargon 
  • Testing an idea - why context matters for learning 
  • Regulation - overcoming barriers to entry without going to jail
  • Hidden costs - learning isn't free and the risk of incremental improvements

Helen Walton, Chief Commercial Officer, Gamevy

11:00 

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.

13:35

Investor panel

Hear what investors in igaming are looking for - directly from active sector investors. With years of experience and millions invested, you wont get it any straighter than this.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what products are hot from people actively invest in igaming.  
  • Hear what strategic sector investors can bring to your project.  
  • Learn what mistakes might keep you from getting investment.  
  • Understand how investors analyse an investment opportunity in igaming.

Mark Blandford, Partner, Burlywood Capital

Evan Hoff, Partner, Velo Capital Partners LLP

Carla Maree Vella, CEO, Optimizer Invest

Simon Collins, Executive Director, Gaming Realms

Bruce Elliot, Director, Boston Multi Family Office

12:25

Business lunch

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

11:20 

Case study: Entrepreneurial success

Hear from 3 successful entrepreneurs at different stages in their company's life cycle. This session will highlight critical steps in their entrepreneurial journey's, and provide insight into what you can expect during yours.

"Starting up is easy, it's the follow-through that's challenging; a ridiculously long and steep learning curve, anxiety over what choices to make and finally getting there when you stop pushing for demand and the market starts pulling for your services, then you're not a start-up any longer and then everything changes again..."

Max Wright, CEO, White Hat Gaming

Nick Garner, Founder/CEO, Casino e-Commerce

Erik Bergman, Co-founder/CSO, Catena Media

14:15

Brightest minds showcase

This is for the investors. Each project will be given 60 seconds to play their pitch video before taking 4 minutes of questions from the mentor's panel and the investors in the audience.


 

Mark Blandford, Partner, Burlywood Capital

Moshe Adir, Founder, Vegas King

Michael Caselli, Partner, Lyceum Media

Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital

Tom Edmonds, Associate, Harris Hagan

Bruce Elliot, Director, Boston Multi Family Office

Kieran Storan, Audit Partner, BDO LLP

Chris Davies, CCO, NMi Gaming

15:15

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.

15:45

Brightest minds showcase

This is for the investors. Each project will be given 60 seconds to play their pitch video before taking 4 minutes of questions from the Mentor's panel and the investors in the audience. 

Mark Blandford, Partner, Burlywood Capital

Moshe Adir, Founder, Vegas King

Michael Caselli, Partner, Lyceum Media

Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital

Tom Edmonds, Associate, Harris Hagan

Bruce Elliot, Director, Boston Multi Family Office

Kieran Storan, Audit Partner, BDO LLP

Chris Davies, CCO, NMi Gaming

8th December 2016

Grange Tower Bridge

AGENDASPEAKERSVENUE

ABOUT THE IGAMING ENTREPRENEUR CONFERENCE

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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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. 

Helen Walton

Helen is a writer and marketing manager who enjoys solving problems, trying out ideas and making things happen. She started out in Unilever, and has worked with Boots, Frucor, The National Trust, Tate Britain, P Z Cussons and dozens of brands. In your house there will be at least one product that Helen has worked on.

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. 

Moshe Adir

Moshe is a serial entrepreneur in the online entertainment and media space and founded Vegas Kings in 1998, a focused creative iGaming and media agency. Moshe has assisted in building many of the world’s first and largest online gaming brands. His business experience includes creative/ software development and consulting & marketing.

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. 

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16:45

Announcing the winner of the brightest minds showcase

We announce the winner of the brightest minds showcase and why they were the chosen winner.

17:00 - 18:30

Cocktail hour

Join us for a few drinks after the conference closes.

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THE MENTORS

Burlywood Capital

Lyceum Media

Burlywood Capital aims to identify and invest in the best new growing companies in the digital Pay2Play entertainment industry. We have the experience, network, access to capital and deal-flow to build category-defining companies. Burlywood Capital’s founding partners have vast experience building, managing and chairing fast growing companies to international FTSE plcs.

Lyceum Media is a full service media relations firm working exclusively in iGaming since 2002. Lyceum brings its clients the benefit of an unparalleled understanding of the sector, its key players and its traditional and online media channels.  Count on our Experience and Contacts!

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Vegas Kings is a Web Design and Development Agency that exclusively services the iGaming Industry. Since 1998 we have successfully worked with over 200 Online Gaming Brands including product verticals such as Casino, Sports, Bingo and Poker.

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Benjamin Ball

Ben runs Benjamin Ball Associates; the investment pitch experts. BBA works with entrepreneurs and business leaders to improve presentation to investors, clients and the media. Clients include HSBC, Permira, Pollen Street Capital, Fiserv, Worldpay and many smaller organisations. He chairs conferences including SuperReturn (Private Equity). 

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. 

Melissa Blau

Melissa Blau has been in the iGaming sector for over 13 years as both an operator and advisor.  She is the Director of iGaming Capital, strategic, financial and operational consulting & advisory company dedicated to bridging European and US interests for real money and social iGaming, fantasy sports and eSports.

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. 

Simon Collins

Simon co-founded Cashcade in 2000; he owned responsibility for acquisitions and third-party relationships, where he formed a range of profitable business-to-business and relationships. Following the sale of Cashcade for $150M, Simon remained at Bwin until April 2011, and has now joined Patrick Southon to setup Gaming Realms Plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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. 

MENTORS

Max Wright

Max is a co-founder with over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry. Max co-founded PokerShare in 2005, subsequently becoming a Casino Operator with Microgaming in 2006. Following the sale of this business in 2011, Max moved into the gaming software industry before setting up White Hat Gaming in 2012.

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. 

Nick Garner

Nick Garner joined Betfair 2006 as a marketing manager, in 2010 joined Unibet as a senior marketing manager. In 2012 he founded 90 Digital, the iGaming marketing agency. In 2015 he launched Oshi Casino as a white label with SoftSwiss. He is a family man and is also into canoeing and motorbikes.

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. 

Tom Edmonds

Tom deals with all aspects of gambling law including advising major land based casino operators, online B2B and B2C operators and start up companies. Tom has a particular interest in areas where there is a cross-over between sport and gambling.

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. 

Harris Hagan is the only UK law firm dedicated to providing legal advice exclusively to all areas of the gambling industry in the UK and internationally. We have been top ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500, the independent legal guides to the profession, since establishment in 2004 and in October 2016 was top ranked gaming law firm in London by Chambers and Partners. 

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Bruce Elliot

Bruce is a Director of Boston Ventures. International structuring, multi-jurisdictional gaming licensing, and strategic investment and capital introductions are his bread and butter. Bruce has previously taken executive roles for Neteller plc, leading gaming platform developer Microgaming, and a major Asian sportsbook operator.

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. 

Boston Multi Family Office

Boston offers fiduciary, capital introduction, and recruitment services, giving clients everything they need to support international revenue and wealth generation. Our deeply strategic iGaming and eCommerce services are delivered from regional hubs in the Isle of Man and Malta, two of the world’s leading licensing jurisdictions.

Nicky Senyard

Nicky Senyard is CEO of the Income Access Group, which she founded in 2002, a turnkey provider of tracking technology and digital marketing services. Since the return of real-money iGaming in New Jersey in 2013, Income Access has played an integral role supporting the acquisition strategies of brands operating in the state.

BDO

BDO has, for over 30 years, acted for UK and International, private and public, betting and gaming businesses. We also have experience of advising businesses in the wider leisure and hospitality sectors. Clients include ‘bricks & mortar’ bookmaking and casino operators, FSA regulated businesses and online operators across all major segments.

The mentoring package, which will see the winning entrepreneur consult with the best strategic consulting, design, accountancy, legal, compliance, and payment teams in the industry, is worth over £25k and will provide the winner with resource to set them up for a bright future in igaming. Please see the mentors below:

Erik Bergman

Erik is one of the two founders of Catena Media, an affiliate company listed on Nasdaq First North with approximately 200 employees. He is currently working as the Chief Strategy Officer with a strong focus towards the company's very active M&A agenda.

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. 

Kieran Storan

Kieran has extensive experience of the gaming industry and is recognised as an expert in the sector. With a focus on online gaming since its inception both in the UK and overseas he has acted as Audit Partner on a number of the largest international operators within the sector.

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. 

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12:05

Collaboration: Another option

Working with operators to deliver innovation is another path to startup success. With an experienced partner, a ready-made audience and a solid support network, collaboration is a strategy that is gaining the traction in igaming.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding why collaboration works as an alternative approach to traditional venture capital / angel investment.
  • How to identify a symbiotic innovation collaboration.
  • How to find an collaboration partner.
 

Will Mace, Head of Strategic Development, Unibet

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Will Mace

As head of Strategic Development at Unibet I ampassionate about experimenting with new ways of creating value.  There is so much opportunity in the gambling industry to transform the experience we offer our customers and I am proud to be helping Unibet explore that future.

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. 

NMI

Market leading gaming compliance testing and auditing laboratory for gaming and IT security. Committed to being first to market in emerging jurisdictions, whilst maintaining accreditations in all existing regulated jurisdictions. Over 40 years’ experience in gaming with labs in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Canada, and representatives globally.

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Chris Davies

Chris Davies is CCO of NMi Gaming and has full responsibility for all revenue and marketing activities. Whilst new to the iGaming sector, he has over 20 years high level sales experience, ensuring that many blue chip companies have achieved both ambitious and sustainable growth.

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. 

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