Following his Masters MSc in Finance and Economics from the University, David worked at Bloomberg, London. After six years of working with the world's largest financial institutions, David left to start Vimes Group. As the Director of Vimes David supported Ukrainian firms and startups making their way on the UK's markets. One of the regular projects run by VimesVC is Ukrainian Startup Roadshow where startups from Ukraine were showcased to London based VC's.
This finally brings us to today. Watching so many amazing Ukrainian startups who do not get nearly as much support or investments as their Western peers prompted the idea of starting the Blue Lake. David is a part of the international British - Ukrainian team helping Ukrainian startups to achieve their full potential.
CEO, AlwaysFriday (London, The UK)
Alexandra is a business development and performance marketing professional with 10+ years’ executive experience in developing growth strategy and increasing sales, driving partner and stakeholder management, programme and project management for various clients across the globe. Kyiv born and London educated she combines unique corporate and SMB experience both in the UK and Ukraine to help companies achieve growth through in-depth understanding of cultural and business differences.
Alexandra takes pride in providing the best customer experience and evangelises data driven approaches to achieving results.
While thriving in a digital environment, Alexandra nurtures her passion for women’s leadership and diversity that can be traced back to her MA and PhD research where she spent significant time identifying key factors impacting women’s professional success.
Director, COSA (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Pavlo has been the Managing Director at COSA since March 2014. He brought together a team of high-end system analysts that are now the core of COSA. As the manager of this team, he led the research on country risks in a number of post-Soviet states and other foreign countries, conducted integrity due diligence and asset tracing investigations involving extensive international source coverage, and participated in internal corporate investigations for the benefit of global corporate players and large Ukraine-based businesses.
Partner, Blue Lake Accelerator (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Being an inherent part of Vimes Group for the last 5 years, Lyubov is passionate about building British-Ukrainian bridges and linking together opportunities in different industries, IT & Tech, FMCG just to name a few. Basing on the solid experience in strategy and investment consulting, a wide network on the UK and Ukraine, Lyubov drives the Blue Lake Accelerator's development from the very beginning.
Senior Partner, Head of Accounting Outsourcing Practice, EBS (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Olena Levshun is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has over 15 years experience in financial, tax and management accounting.
Olena believes that the greatest motivator for her and her team is customer satisfaction and positive feedback.
Managing Partner and Director, EBS (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Helen is the founding partner of EBS. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has over
22 years of practical experience in international finance and accounting on the Ukrainian market. Helens personal mission is to influence the underlaying philosophy of Ukrainian management in order to help them unleash the full potential of their companies and to achieve outstanding results.
Innovation & Solutions Services, Royal Bank of Scotland* (Edinburgh, The UK)
Udita is focused on driving Innovation at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She leads a team of software engineers who spend time exploring frontier technologies - AI, cloud deployment, Machine Learning, quantum, Blockchain, and Distributed Ledger.
She also oversees the bank’s social media strategy on the #BankOfAPIs handle to drive our API first agenda externally and internally.
Udita co-founded and ran her own tech startup ‘Zephop’ which focussed on bringing customer loyalty into a digital world.
*Mentorship in the Blue Lake Accelerator is kindly provided by Udita on individual basis and does not in any capacity involves The Royal Bank of Scotland itself.
Co-founder, Attendify (USA)
Artem is Co-founder of the Attendify - an award-winning SaaS platform that helps conference, meeting, and event planners create private social networking apps that boost attendee engagement and optimize their events.
The platform has helped over 3,000 customers achieve success, including clients such as Google, Bloomberg, American Express, UEFA, Chrysler, AOL and many others.
Partner, Axon Partners (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Maksym Shchur is a partner at Axon Partners, a legal and business advisor focused on FinTech industry. He started his career at Sayenko Kharenko in 2007, and continued at Law Offices of OMP, BKB Attorneys at Law, Axon Partners.
Maksym is an expert with a decade of successful experience in legal support in such industries as Real Estate & Construction, Green Energy, Retail, Finance & Capital Markets, IT & Startups,
Fintech & Blockchain. His major legal areas of experience are international corporate structuring, M&A, legal due diligence, investment, AML/KYC compliance. The total amount of supported investment deals is $50M+.
Maksym strong believes that legal solutions are to be tailored to the client’s business models. Deep knowledge of business modeling is a core value of seamless legal services.
Maksym holds a Master’s Degree in Law Science from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He has several certifications in the area of business modeling, venture investment and fundraising.
PhD in Economics, Associate Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University (Kyiv, Ukraine)
In 2014, she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Formation of Franchising Partnerships among companies".
She took part in the international franchise show Franchise Expo as a member of the Ukrainian delegation formed by the Ukrainian NGO "Federation of Franchising Development".
Research interests: partnerships and cooperation between companies, business models; franchising;
business valuation; creativity in business and in education.
Teaching courses: Business valuation, Business Model Development [in English].
She conducts business in taxation.
She is a member of a team dealing with a state budget research work on the theme: "Social and legal principles of preservation and development of Ukraine's labor potential"
Ventures at Dell Technologies Capital (Boston, USA)
Diana is a technology professional with 7 years of experience in various spheres of high tech enterprise products and services including sales & marketing, data science, operations and venture capital. Originally from Belarus, Diana has lived in Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and United States. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and MS in Marketing Analytics from Bentley University. She is currently part of Dell Technologies Capital venture team, focusing on Boston and New York City startup ecosystems.
Managing Partner at Finance PM (Cyprus)
Snezhana is financier with more than 17 years of experience, including 13 years as a C-Level Manager. Participated in & managed more than 70 projects in different industries (automotive, aviation, IT startups, food production). Now Snezhana is helping the business owners to grow by working as CFO on-demand worldwide.
Partner at 36.6 Design & Engineering, Chief Engineer at Norm (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Aleksey is a founding partner and R&D Leader of 36.6 Design and Engineering Company, and a startup adviser
focused on risk management and strategy in hardware development.
He got experienced first working in world-class enterprises in the automotive industry, then moving to a startup called
Petcube and was responsible for the development of one of the products. Afterward, he founded his own Company.
Aleksey strongly believes that hardware is not that hard if the approach is well-structured. His personal mission is to
influence the startups’ risk-aware thinking and help them build successful products.
PhD, Certified tutor, Chartered Institute of Marketing (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Lidia has over 15 years of experience within the World Bank, international and Ukrainian local companies as marketer and project manager at the area of development and implementation of the projects on restructuring, reorganization of enterprises, strategic marketing, the introduction of the products and trademarks into the market, market researches. Consultant of international organizations: United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, FIABCI (International association of real estate professionals), international and Ukrainian companies. Business consultant in the area of strategy, strategic marketing, startups, innovations, launch of the products into the markets, services, business education.
Managing partner of 2Skyrox
Sergey Lysov is the managing partner of 2Skyrox, an adviser focused on cross-border investment and business development. He started his career at KPMG advisory in 2005 and later, in 2008, continued with Dragon Capital, managing one of its private equity practices with $70M+ AUM until 2017. His major areas of experience are: operational efficiency and capital maintenance, product positioning and road-to-market, investor relations, business development, human resources, and project management. Sergey has worked as an adviser, professional investor, C-level executive and founder of several businesses of his own – both in the real and technological sectors – and now actively works with early-stage projects to aid them with business development and fundraising.
Managing director of Mercury
(London, The UK)
Thomas Eymond-Laritaz is a Managing Director in Mercury’s London office. He has more than 15 years of experience advising Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs and high-profile individuals around the world on reputation, crisis management, and international communications.
Director at MUSTARD PR (London, The UK)
Dan is a focused, experienced and strategic Public Relations Director who drives results through traditional, social and digital mediums.
For the last decade, Dan has consistently spearheaded impactful PR campaigns for an array of early stage companies. These campaigns are designed to boost awareness, increase sales or raise significant investment.
Dan's skill lies in creating stories and angles that will resonate with the media.
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (London, The UK)
Dr Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy's and Maudsley and is currently a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Ougrin is also a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr Ougrin leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. Dr Ougrin is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm.
He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. Dr Ougrin also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.
Entrepreneur (London, The UK)
Anna Kachurets, entrepreneur.
4 years ago founded online logistics marketplace GroozGo, raised $2,1 mln investments to reach 6,500 corporate clients including the global largest ones Danon, Leroy Merlin, sunInBev and etc.
Active mentor on business development, early traction and expansion to the UK.
Tech Talent visa holder.
Partner, Cabot Global Investments (London, The UK)
With a particular focus on the HR and Education technology sector, Andrew brings over twelve years M&A related experience supporting companies with buy-side, sell-side, capital raising and strategic partnerships. Prior to working with Blue Lake, Andrew founded Cabot Global Investments, a thesis driven early-stage Venture Capital firm focused exclusively on the future of work.
Having been involved in the niche HR and Education technology sector since 2007, Andrew has an unrivalled sector specific knowledge and network of high-value contacts.
Partner, Startups & Venture Funds at Finance PM (Warsaw, Poland)
Anna has got extensive corporate, venture and startup experience as well as vast network in CEE region. Her key areas of expertise are operational and financial management, project management, performance improvement and business development, investment analysis and due diligence, business consulting, strategic planning. Anna started 15 years ago in the “Big Four” as a part of consulting practice. For last 7 years Anna has been working closely with startups in SaaS, Artificial intelligence and machine learning, AR/VR, B2B payments, Ecommerce, Edtech, FinTech, FoodTech, Insurtech, HRTech, Mobile, Real estate technology, Sportech and many more. She has mentored and supported over 50 teams and audited more than 100 startups. Anna was a part of international acceleration programs, worked in Seed and CVC funds, took part in the organizing of industry events of different scale.
She holds workshops on Due Diligence, Business Model and Fundraising. Currently Anna is a Partner at Finance PM responsible for startups related services.
Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer with Arkane
Innovation (United Kingdom)
Gordon is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer with Arkane
Innovation, an advisory and consulting firm based in Ireland, the US and the UK. He is also currently a Visiting Director of Innovation and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in the UK. Gordon was previously VP of Commercial and Regional Innovation at RGU. Prior to the UK, Gordon was the Head of the Entrepreneurship Center and Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
Previously he was Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University and Principal Investigator of the ASU Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, He was a cofounder of two funded start-up companies in the late 1990’s in Ireland and also worked in a number of industry management roles including Westinghouse and the strategy practice of Accenture.
Expert in Supply Chain Management, SCJohnson (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Ksenia Valieva is an expert in Supply Chain Management having more than 10 years of executive experience in optimising supply, logistic and warehousing costs for companies. She implemented plenty of projects that helped companies to save millions of dollars. She has experience in working with global businesses such as SCJohnson , as well as SMEs and startups.
Ksenia has two Master Degrees in Economics and Psychology. She is a VP of Membership of CSCMP Board in Ukraine (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals). She created the Supply Chain Management learning program based on the best practices from all over the world. The program has been supporting businesses over the last 7 years. Ksenia's experience will be instrumental for those startups, who are keen to obtain a better understanding of how to set up and improve Supply Chain Management in their businesses.
Managing Director, Redmill Marketing Associates (London, The UK)
Guy is an internationally recognised marketing leader, with a track record of success and global visibility. He is founder and Managing Director of Redmill Marketing Associates, a successful international strategic marketing consultancy, based in the UK. An authority on the market implications of technology innovation, Guy’s expertise is highly regarded and valued by clients, who seek insight as well as action.
With more than 20 years’ strategic marketing, business development, product management leadership and innovation in the technologies industry, Guy founded RMA in 2007 to provide expert marketing and analysis services for emerging technology, software, IT and telecommunications companies. He leads RMA’s activities with leaders across the industry, spanning public companies, scale-ups and start-ups, and is experienced with Board and C-level advisory roles, engagements and negotiation.
Managing Partner, Exit Velocity (US)
Mark is a company builder, CEO/COO and highly successful entrepreneur. Throughout his career, Mark has had a unique ability to identify and disrupt markets having built and sold three previous companies to Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent, Hayward International and EMI/Chrysalis Music.
Born in Germany and raised in Southeast Asia, with a professional career that spans the U.S. and European markets, Mark brings a global perspective to everything he does. He is recognized for his work building and shaping a wide range of companies from startups to large scale organizations across media, telecommunications and consumer electronics.
In 2014, Mark co founded ConnectedYard (an industry leading smart water sensing company). As COO, Mark oversaw the product design, company operations, branding, marketing, sales/business development, strategic partnerships and the manufacturing of tens of thousands of smart sensors through its factories in China.
Raising over $13m in funding and valued at 20 x the initial investment, Mark led the sale of the company to Hayward International in April 2018.
In 2019, Mark co-founded Exit Velocity to help even more startups to experience the success he has.
Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, The Big Search (London, Berlin, Amsterdam)
Will is Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at the Big Search where he is leading the integration of the recruitment technology business he founded, Chosen AI. Will raised two rounds of capital for Chosen AI and after two years of successful partnership and a shared vision for the future of the industry, the Big Search acquired his team and technology.
Before founding Chosen AI, he was an early employee at Berlin HQ'd recruitment technology business Joblift GmBH, where he saw them through a period of significant growth and two rounds of financing.
Will started his career as a technology sector investment banker at Jefferies International, where he advised technology companies on corporate strategy and supported with M&A, Equity Capital Markets fundraisings and IPO transactions.
He now also advises start-ups, invests and is an LP at thefund.vc. He's particularly interested in teams of domain experts transforming legacy business models.
In his spare time he enjoys exploring in the mountains, growing vegetables and feeding friends and family.