CAN and Oxford Venture Club are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on 12 November in London.


Chicago Booth London Campus
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street
EC2V 5HA London, United Kingdom

Event Details

How to Start a Startup Whilst You Have a Full Time Job?

Have you ever wondered how to start a business when you are currently working? We will hear the views of the panel on this question: Is it possible? Where does one begin the process? Is it advisable for all?

CAN and Oxford Venture Club are delighted to invite you to this panel discussion featuring Matt Kuppers from Startup Manufactory and Alex Shevelenko from Glocal Partners.

We will also be joined by David Andrews from Atom8 Financial Services LLP. David is an entrepreneur who transitioned from a full-time job to full-time entrepreneur. The panel will be moderated by Rama Veeraragoo '12 (EXP-17) from the Chicago Angels Network (CAN). Rama read Jurisprudence at Balliol College, Oxford and has an MBA from Chicago Booth.


Admission fee: £10


Register Online

Deadline: 11/12/2014

Speaker Profiles

David Andrews (Panelist)
Founding Partner, Atom8 Financial Services LLP

David Andrews is the founding partner of Atom8 Financial Services LLP, an FCA regulated FX and precious metals broker specialising in agency model liquidity provision for retail and institutional clients.  Launched in mid-2013, the firm is adding fixed income as an asset class as well institutional custody services, including physical gold storage and broking unregulated physical commodity transactions.  Atom8 is also seeking to incubate FX hedge funds for aspiring managers and offers structured solutions for monetisation of physical holdings for trading related purposes. 

David left employment at JPMorgan where he was co-head of the cross-asset OTC and securitised exotics derivatives legal team to found Atom8.  Prior to that, he worked at Macquarie Bank (project and asset finance), US law firm White & Case and Sydney law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. David has a BEc/ LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
David speaks 6 languages and is a former chess master.

Matt Kuppers (Panelist)
Founder and CEO, Startup Manufactory

Matt Kuppers is the Founder and CEO of Startup Manufactory, an accelerator that specializes in developing startups, scaling SMEs and building accelerator programmes for corporates. He is also the co-founder of MenuSpring, a London Business School Incubator Programme backed startup that has been featured in the best British Startup 100 ranking in 2013. Prior to that, Matt held a position as associate at Straub Ventures, a Notting Hill based venture capital firm, where he set up his first venture, an SEO boutique called Rankingriser, to provide the venture capital's firm portfolio with SEO.

Matt also acts as business adviser to Microsoft Ventures Accelerator and as entrepreneurship programme mentor to Saïd Business School at University of Oxford, Judge Business School at University of Cambridge and London Business School.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, he studied towards a PhD on cooperation and game theory at the London School of Economics after having spent three years in social sciences. Matt also read entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Alex Shevelenko (Panelist)
CEO and Founder, Glocal Partners

Alex Shevelenko is a Silicon Valley – European hybrid specializing in building and advising high growth technology businesses. He is the CEO and Founder of Glocal Partners.

Alex spent the last six years working at one of global cloud computing innovators, SuccessFactors. During his tenure the business grew over 1000%, created a new product category for people management and business execution software, brought cloud apps to 15 million enterprise subscribers, got listed on NYSE/Deutsche Börse/Paris Euronext and exited in 2012 to SAP for $3.4 billion. Alex joined SuccessFactors as an early employee and helped to build product marketing, to launch four new businesses and to grow the sales of the European division – ultimately relocating to London. He has previously worked with other technology leaders such as and Microsoft.

Alex started his career in San Francisco and European offices of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), global strategy and marketing consulting firm where his work with IT and Internet clients had been recognized by Foundation for Excellence in Management Consulting.

Raised in Ukraine/Russia, Alex had worked or played in 50 countries. He received his MBA from Stanford where he was a Benchmark Entrepreneurship Fellow and BA and BSE degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Rama Veeraragoo '12 (EXP-17) (Moderator), Chicago Angels Network (CAN)


Rama Veeraragoo '12 (EXP-17) 
Chicago Angels Network (CAN)