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Top Influencers: 12 UK Managing Director and Co-Founder’s To Follow in 2022

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Managing Director and Co-Founder play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Managing Director and Co-Founder role. We have selected these Managing Director 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 Managing Director and Co-Founder’s. The list is in no particular order!

Andreas Weiskam

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Sapphire

Follow Andreas Weiskam on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Andreas is a co-founder and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. He serves as a board director or observer at Contentful, CurrencyCloud, Matillion, Retail Solutions, and Wandera. Andreas’ previous investments at Sapphire include: Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), Iovation (acquired by TransUnion), iTAC (acquired by Durr), Lavante (acquired by PRGX Global), LogLogic (acquired by TIBCO Software), Zend Technologies (acquired by Rogue Wave), and Voxeo (acquired by Aspect Software). Prior to Sapphire Ventures, Andreas held business development roles at SAP, co-developing the SAP enterprise services community and leading reseller partnerships with Virsa Systems and Mercury Interactive among others. Before SAP, he co-founded Zadu, a venture-backed instant messaging startup. Andreas holds a Diplom-Kaufmann (graduate business degree) from the University of Hamburg, Germany and an MLitt with distinction in management, economics and politics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Andreas is a Kauffman Fellow and has lived in Stockholm, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco. He is based in London. Learn more about Andreas Weiskam on Crunchbase…

Read more about Sapphire on Crunchbase…

Anthony Lyall

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Lyall Ventures

Follow Anthony Lyall on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Anthony Lyall is the managing director and co-founder at Lyall Ventures. Learn more about Anthony Lyall on Crunchbase…

Lyall Ventures is an angel investment company that focuses on travel and travel technology start-ups. Read more about Lyall Ventures on Crunchbase…

Sam Cooke

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Esports Insider

Follow Sam Cooke on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Sam Cooke heads up Esports Insider, an esports business news platform and events company based in London. Esports Insider is a part of SBC Global and runs B2B events including the ESI Forum Series, the ESI Super Forum and the Betting on Esports Conference Learn more about Sam Cooke on Crunchbase…

Esports Insider is a platform which covers all news that is of interest to the industry. Read more about Esports Insider on Crunchbase…

Frank Jackel

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Metalshub

Follow Frank Jackel on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Senior Ferroalloys Marketing Executive with previous roles as Head of Niobium Sales team at China Moly, Head of Ferroalloys Sales at Anglo American and Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Frank holds a Dipl.-Ing. and a PhD in Metallurgy from RWTH Aachen University. Frank is married and has three daughters, loves triathlon and tennis, fancies road bikes and supports Schalke 04. Learn more about Frank Jackel on Crunchbase…

Read more about Metalshub on Crunchbase…

Peter Blencowe

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Bluecrest Health Screening

Follow Peter Blencowe on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Peter Blencowe is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Bluecrest Health Screening. Learn more about Peter Blencowe on Crunchbase…

Bluecrest Health Screening is a privately run health screening company founded in the UK in 2012. Read more about Bluecrest Health Screening on Crunchbase…

Murray Pearce

Managing Director and Co-founder @ Bright Cyber

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Bright Cyber provides a cyber resilience solution with primary reliance on security assurance. Read more about Bright Cyber on Crunchbase…

Naveen Vasudeva

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ CISO International

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Read more about CISO International on Crunchbase…

René Lagrèze

Managing Director and Co-founder @ ilex international

Follow René Lagrèze on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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René Lagrèze shares Laurent Gautier’s passion for IT technologies. He holds a Master’s degree in telecommunications and a post graduate diploma from the Saclay Nuclear Research Centre (one of 9 laboratories from the French Commission for Atomic Energy). In 1978, he works on the first major SMART card project initiated by BULL and Roland Moreno, the inventor of the smart card. He then joins BNP to lead the bank’s team in charge of designing the IBM based version of its agency system. In 1989, René creates ILEX with Laurent. He leads several consulting and presales missions for Philips and Digital Equipment Corporation and works on the Credit Agricole’s (largest French Bank) agency system’s middleware and telecom design. In 1996, René creates and leads the Ilex Health Care team which will design and write the middleware for the French Health Care multi OS / multi-platform Smart Cards (for patients and Health Care Professionals). René’s technical expertise and leadership has been a major asset and a key enabler in Ilex’s decision to develop its IT Security Software Suite in 2000. René is also an enthusiastic Marathon and Trail runner. Learn more about René Lagrèze on Crunchbase…

Ilex International is a European software vendor which specialises in Identity & Access Management solutions (IAM). Read more about ilex international on Crunchbase…

Ken Ritson

Group Managing Director and Co-Founder @ EDS HV Group

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Ken Ritson is Group Managing Director. Ken is responsible for installation contracts and services/project management within EDS. Ken started his career with a UK Electricity Company and progressed to a Training & Development Engineer. In 1993 he joined a UK contracting firm as Contracts Manager, and formed EDS in 1994. As a founder member of EDS Ken has a vast experience from installation, training and development through management of multi-million pound companies. Ken’s practical, commercial, business and industry knowledge has left him well placed to deliver solutions to clients in the most challenging situations. Learn more about Ken Ritson on Crunchbase…

EDS HV Group engages in the design and installation of wind farm construction projects. Read more about EDS HV Group on Crunchbase…

Richard Pennington

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ FourNet

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Richard Pennington is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of FourNet. Learn more about Richard Pennington on Crunchbase…

FourNet is a cloud and managed communications service company providing cloud, collaboration, and contact center solutions. Read more about FourNet on Crunchbase…

Robert Newry

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Arctic Shores

Follow Robert Newry on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Arctic Shores pioneer behavioural assessments combining neuroscience, AI and game technology to generate data-driven people insights. Read more about Arctic Shores on Crunchbase…

Atuksha Poonwassie

Managing Director and Co-Founder @ Simple Crowdfunding

Follow Atuksha Poonwassie on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Atuksha has been involved in Peer to Peer Lending and Crowdfunding since 2013. She is a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, and regularly engages with policymakers and Government to advance this marketplace for all sectors in the UK. Atuksha is also the 2017 national Venus ‘Influential Woman of the Year’ award winner and is recognised in the P2P Finance News’ 2020 and 2021 Power 50, making the top 10 cut. This list highlights the 50 most influential people in P2P. Being a firm believer in building a strong community and customer base, Atuksha uses her expertise to help property professionals raise finance, build a crowd, and stand out in the market, whilst providing better access to the UK property market to everyone. Learn more about Atuksha Poonwassie on Crunchbase…

Simple Crowdfunding is a regulated peer to peer lending and crowdfunding platform, offering property finance. Read more about Simple Crowdfunding on Crunchbase…

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