Tech Tax with Davis Grant – Hot Topics

Event Info

Tue 19 May, 2015 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Campus London
4 - 5 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4BX, UK
Cost: FREE


You’ve had your big idea, you’ve researched your market, and you’ve taken the leap into the unknown… then what? Then, in amongst the long hours, the pursuit of the dream, the networking, the free beers and the pizza – suddenly short term cash flow depends on an R&D claim, disputes in the founders shareholder agreement, customers don’t like your product and you have no clue how to connect with big companies

Tax fundamentals, startup legal dos and don'ts, customer focussed products and partnering with larger companies will all feature in this event full of advice.

Hear from the specialists that can help stop your mole hills becoming mountains!

Hot Topics Tech tax fundamentals - R&D tax credits, S/EIS relief, VAT - Steven Sandford

From Startup to Standup – the Legal Do’s and Don’ts - Kyri Papantoniou Customer Development: How to build a product around the customer - Michael Stephanblome Selling to or Partnering with a Tech Giant or large companies - Debu Purkayastha

Speakers Steven Sandford

If you want someone to look after your entire finance function, giving you peace of your mind to work on your startup, Steven and Davis Grant are the go to people. Steven has worked with 30+ tech startups in the last 4 years and combines this knowledge together with 14 years of core accounts, audit and tax experience at Davis Grant. Steven has a particular expertise in S/EIS compliance, R&D tax credits and investor requirements, both with traditional angel and private equity funding as well as crowd funding platforms. Steven is invited to host the bi-monthly accounting clinic/office hours at TechHub at Google Campus as well as providing accounting masterclasses at the Royal College of Art and Innovation and previously at Wayra. He is also a Tech London Advocate.

Kyri Papantoniou, Partner, Judge Sykes Frixou Solicitors

Advising on a broad range of corporate transactions and commercial projects, particularly in the M&A market, Kyri represents clients including owner-managers, start-up companies, management teams and international companies. Kyri has strong client relationships within the digital business, technology and telecoms sectors and with a proven track record of delivering value-added business solutions, he is an effective project leader who is consistently praised for his entrepreneurial flair and for applying a commercial, pro-active and hands-on approach to every instruction. He has a diverse range of cross border legal experience, having served with a top tier UK law firm and a New York corporate finance law firm.

Michael Stephanblome

Michael is currently the CEO and co-founder of startup Typeless. Michael has an extensive background in general management, marketing, sales and product development both in small and large growth businesses and a deep knowledge of strategic marketing with regards to online marketplaces. Michael’s experience comes from having been the Managing Director of as well as eBay's Marketing Director in Germany for over three years. In addition, Michael’s own startup Adjug achieved a successful exit in 2013 and he has invested in a number of startups, one being TechHub resident Toothpick.

Debu Purkayastha

Debu Purkayastha is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Octopus Investments & is also an Industrial Advisor to EQT. Debu has significant operating & deal experience - in US, Europe & Asia. Prior to Octopus Debu spent 6 years at Google as Principal - New Business Development at Google, and previously as Google's Principal - Corporate Development. Debu is also a founding member of Google “Campus” and sits on a number of Boards. Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre's Corporate Development/M&A team & in a past life was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London.


· 6:00-6:30 Doors & Networking

· 6:30-7:30 – Hot Topic speakers followed by Q&A

· 7:30-8:30 Refreshements and networking

This event is brought to you by TechHub and Davis Grant.

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