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Entrepreneur, Story Terrace
Founder, OpenPlay Ltd
Counsel, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Executive Director, Naviter Capital
PR & Communications Manager, Venntro Media Group
Founder at Jackopaw, Jackopaw
--, Mind Agilis
Founder & MD, 93digital
Co Founder, TableCrowd Talent
Director, FRI Friends Recommend It
Preparing a new venture
Founder, Solely Original
Founder/Director, Smart Anchor Ventures Limited
Head of Programme and Ops, Collider
--, The Pigeonhole
COO, Seenit Digital Ltd
We’ll enjoy dinner, drinks & a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs, followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with Nick Verkroost. Nick is currently a Principal at DC Thompson Ventures.
DC Thompson have been in the publishing game since 1886 and is one of the leading media organisations in the UK. The company publishes newspapers, magazines and books and has diversified into new media, digital technology, retail, radio and television through investment interests.
There have been big changes for businesses in digital media and publishing and from his time at DC Thompson, Nick is perfectly placed to give an insight into how tech is shaping the industry. He currently heads up DC Thomson Ventures, the venture capital arm of the company, which focusses on early and later stage investment into digital media as well as other sectors, so Nick can also talk about when they invest and the new tech in the sector that excites them.
Take this chance to meet Nick and to talk to him informally over dinner about what you’re working on.
Price includes private dining experience with after dinner speaker, 2 course dinner with wine and highly curated and relevant networking.
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Nick Verkroost, DC Thomson Ventures
Nick’s experience focuses on the commercial and strategic challenges that arise from rapid technological change in the telecommunications and media sectors. He currently holds a corporate development role with the family-owned publisher DC Thomson, looking at investment and partnership opportunities offering strategic and/or financial potential for the Group. He is an Investment Principal in the Group’s corporate venture team, DC Thomson Ventures which he helped establish. He is responsible for DC Thomson’s involvement in the tech start-up incubator IDEALondon which has supported over 30 businesses since launch in 2013.
Nick is a mentor and advisor to a number of early stage businesses both privately and through start-up accelerator programmes such as Seedcamp. He is an industry advisor to the Apps For Good programme supporting technology and business education in schools.
Prior to DC Thomson, Nick was one of the founding team at the strategy consulting firm Redshift Strategy with a particular focus on technology innovation in broadcasting. Redshift was spun out of the TMT strategy firm Spectrum Strategy Consultants where he had previously worked. In 2009 he was appointed as an advisor to the UK Government for a review of the UK’s digital infrastructure, latterly known as the Digital Britain Review.
Nick holds a First Class Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Bristol.
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Proud to partner with Venntro. Founded in 2003, Venntro is the award-winning global media group that connects people to a life they’ll love through dating, lifestyle and social networking technology. Providing services to over 45 million consumers worldwide, Venntro operates in all major English-speaking territories and achieves annualised revenues approaching £50 million.
Brands operating under Venntro include Smooch.com, JustSingles.com and White Label Dating – an award-winning platform allowing brands and entrepreneurs to power their own branded online dating sites. Venntro is part of the Tech City UK Future Fifty programme, is a City A.M. Leap 100 company and is one of LSE’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’