Cipio Partners is known as a leading international investment management firm in the secondary direct market. The firm was founded in June 2003 and currently manages several funds of early and later-stage venture capital and mid-market investments in various geographies worldwide. Cipio maintains offices in Munich and San Jose. Cipio currently has over 50 companies worldwide under management, representing invested capital of several hundred million dollars. Cipio Partners pursues the acquisition of portfolios of direct private equity investments in the secondary market. The firm considers portfolios across all stages of the investing life-cycle, from early-stage venture capital through mid-market expansion to smaller buy-outs and control investments. Investments may involve equity, mezzanine and debt securities.
Suna Said is the Founder and CEO of Nima Capital, a single family office with a flexible mandate to invest across various capital structures, growth stages, and industries. With significant experience and talent in global investment management and social impact, Suna brings her expertise along with an extensive network of investment partners, industry leaders, and world-class entrepreneurs as co-investors, advisors, and drivers of success. Suna spends most of her time on Nima Capital's Blockchain vertical. She also founded the Suna Said Foundation, which works to support girls throughout the world through Blockchain technology applications. Prior to founding Nima, Suna was an Executive Director and Investment Officer of Unifund, Inc., a multi-billion dollar international investment firm. Suna is an active member of numerous charitable organizations and educational institutions, and was a speaker at the 2015 Milken Institute Global Conference. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., a national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy, and was a 2015 Women of Achievement honoree for uniquely inspiring girls to set goals and achieve their full potential. Suna also serves on the board of directors of the Chopra Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace, as well as Pure Edge, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to bringing scholars success through focus and mindfulness. Suna was previously a board member of the Harlem Village Academies, where she was honored for creating the Mindfulness program for K-12. Suna is on the Board of Trustees for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, where she initiated the National Scholarship Program for Muslim Women, and has endowed the Maslin Scholarship Fund at Columbia Business School. Suna holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Coghill Capital Management is a Chicago, Illinois based investment management and advisory firm catering to endowments, foundations, family offices, high net worth individuals, pension plans and institutional investors.
Main Capital Partners is a growing investment management and consultancy firm with three main activities: Main Capital, Main Mezzanine Capital, and Main Corporate Finance. The firm focuses on investing in companies operating in the software, technology, media and telecom sectors. It was founded in 2003 and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands with additional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Dusseldorf, Germany.
Convergence Partners, founded in 2006, is an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa. Convergence Partners has a proven track record of developing new investment opportunities, as well as adding value to investments across the life cycle of ICT assets. As impact investors, Convergence Partners is dedicated to catalysing investment capital to accelerate communications access and ICT infrastructure development on the continent, focusing on initiatives that increase availability of communications, broadband services and new technology offerings to the people of Africa. Convergence Partners’ founders are seasoned pan-African private equity players, experienced in developing investments that deliver enhanced returns while underpinning continental development. Convergence Partners has played a leading role in landmark African ICT infrastructure investments, such as: • SEACOM, the first undersea fibre system serving East Africa and the first independent investor-led undersea system for Africa; • New Dawn, the first ever African private sector communications satellite; and • FibreCo Telecommunications, the first independent, open access national fibre network in South Africa and the first provider of a managed long haul fibre product in Africa.
Kerr Financial is a multi family office based in Montreal. The firm provides investment management services to Canadian families and has a satellite office in Toronto.� The family office manages $600 million with approximately $40 million devoted to alternative investments specifically in fund of hedge funds and hedge funds. The firm has seen a decrease in its assets dedicated towards hedge funds and has a very opportunistic approach to finding new hedge fund managers.
P. Bart Stephens is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Stephens Investment Management. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as a Managing Partner at Blockchain Capital. He is the General Partner of Crypto Currency Partners funds. Bart Stephens has also been a Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM). Stephens Investment Management is a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-Founder Brad invented the term and pioneered "Nanocap" investing - venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities. Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm. Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet's largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001. Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development.Bart earned a BA degree in Political Science from Princeton University in 1997. While at Princeton, his academic work focused on the intersection of information technology and national security issues.
Peter Platzer is a Co-Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer at Spire. He also is an Angel Investor. He is a Board Member at Ardusat. Peter is a high-energy physicist who spent time at CERN prior to attending Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Originally from Austria, he is an avid HP-41 hacker and Arduino enthusiast. After 10+ years as a quantitative portfolio manager he went to the International Space University, where he performed extensive research into the business ecosystem of nanosatellites, presenting his findings at several conferences and running a number of workshops. He holds an MBA in Investment Management from Harvard Business School. He also has a MS (Master of Science) in Physics from Technical University of Vienna.