50 Changers Launch Event

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

£5.00 – £35.00

The official launch of the search for the 2018 50 Changers in the Thames Valley. Join us for a few drinks, meet new people and flag your company as a Game Changer to us. 

We are delighted to announce our guest panelists for our ‘Connect Talks – Recently arrived in Reading’ will be; 

Enrico Sanna. Enrico is the cofounder and CEO of Fora, a premium flexible workspace provider that is reimagining the office experience by employing hotel-style service and design, innovative technology and a curated approach to residents. Enrico was inspired to start Fora with Katrina, sharing in the vision for an improved customer journey and the future of workspace. Fora has the ambition to become a category challenger as it leads the way with its revolutionary new concept called ‘pro-working’ which will be arriving in Reading July 2018. 

Matt Voska. Matt is the Chief Operating Officer at Bannerman, a startup building the software layer for physical security. Bannerman is a globally distributed company with a presence in the UK, US, France, and the Philippines, employing over 250 people. Previously, Matt founded Flytenow, the largest US private flight share network, before the practice was banned in the US. He is a Y Combinator graduate and attended Northeastern University studying Computer Engineering. 

Phin Mpofu. Phin is a globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist, inspired by how it can have a positive effect on peoples lives. Phin is Founder & Chairman of Global Symbiotic Partnerships a venture firm founded to create strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across all sectors.  It’s portfolio of ventures and affiliations include HOMESPLACE, Tech Beach Retreats, Startup Grind and The Centre for Corporate & Startup Partnerships (CASP) and The Centre for Government & Startup Partnerships (GASP).

ConnectTVT was launched in June 2014 to “put the Thames Valley back on the tech and digital cluster maps” that we had disappeared from. I’m delighted that Reading has just been announced as one of the Tech Nation cluster 11 – we are back on the map! See the 2017 Changers here.

Being rich in established, mature tech-based businesses, global giants have been critical to the region’s economy but had also made us become a victim of our own success. I felt we had taken our eye off the ball about we how we were perceived; at a national level we were off the radar.

The 50 Game Changers was my way of acknowledging some of the unsung heroes hidden away, fighting their fight and also to demonstrate that the Thames Valley is, in fact, full of interesting, inspiring start-up, and fast growth scale-up businesses with home-grown innovation.

Are you Game Changer or do you know one? Let us know (http://www.connecttvt.co.uk/about/) the 2018 hunt is already on.


April 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
£5.00 – £35.00
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