Top Influencers: 6 UK Partner and Co-Founder’s To Follow in 2022

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Partner and co-Founder play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Partner and co-Founder role. We have selected these Partner and co-Founder’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Partner and co-Founder’s. The list is in no particular order!

David Soskin

Partner and co-Founder @ HOWZAT Partners

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David Soskin is on the boards of and Cortexica Vision Systems where he is Chairman. He was a non-executive director of the Momondo Group (formerly Cheapflights) until October 2014 when Great Hill Partners acquired a majority stake in the business. Priceline Inc acquired Momondo in 2017 for $550 million.​ He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cheapflights – which he joined in March 2000 upon the management buy-in – until April 2008. Under his leadership, Cheapflights grew from an attic-based operation into an international leader in online travel search reaching 8.4 million users in January 2008. During this period, Cheapflights won many industry awards and was included in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track of the UK’s 100 fastest growing privately-owned technology companies for five years in a row. David was a Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006. Learn more about David Soskin on Crunchbase…

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Oliver Thomas

Partner and Co-Founder @ Grafton Capital

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Oliver is a Partner and Co-founder of Grafton Capital. Oliver leads Grafton’s growth company investment activities and is currently a board member at SportPursuit, Alva Reputation Analysis, Third Financial Software, and Board International. Prior to founding Grafton with Ed in 2014, Oliver spent a decade leading investment teams at Summit Partners and HgCapital. Oliver has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Economics & Management from The University of Oxford, where he was awarded his blue at middle weight in the annual varsity boxing contest. Oliver is a keen supporter of Welsh rugby and will travel any distance for the chance of a historic win. He sits on the Development Advisory Board at Jesus College, Oxford. Learn more about Oliver Thomas on Crunchbase…

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Kevin McLoughlin

Partner and Co-Founder @ MTech Capital

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Kevin McLoughlin spent 22 years in insurance investment banking, most recently as the Global Head of Insurance Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and prior to that, as Global Head of Insurance Banking at Citigroup. He also spent 7 years as an executive at AIG. Kevin maintains senior level relationships across the insurance industry globally, having advised many of the largest companies during his banking career. Kevin holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Boston College. He is based in London. Learn more about Kevin McLoughlin on Crunchbase…

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Edward Barroll Brown

Managing Partner and Co-Founder @ Grafton Capital

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Ed is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Grafton Capital, which makes growth stage investments in tech-enabled businesses. Ed is a board director of Third Financial Software, Alva Reputation, SportPursuit and HomeViews. Learn more about Edward Barroll Brown on Crunchbase…

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Erik Wenngren

Partner and Co-Founder @ Spintop Ventures

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Michele Giddens

Partner and Co-Founder @ Bridges Fund Management

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Michele co-founded Bridges in 2002 alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen. As a partner, she focuses on strategy, investor relations, public affairs and social impact assessment. Michele has played a key role in the growth of the impact investing movement in the UK. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016-18. She sits on the BVCA Council, and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution. Michele has over 25 years of international development and social finance experience. She began her career with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia. She subsequently spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation, one of the leading community development banks in the USA. Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was recently awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Learn more about Michele Giddens on Crunchbase…

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