Tech innovation: acquire, build, invest

Tech innovation: acquire, build, invest

Digital innovation: acquire, build, invest?

Join us on November 10, 8:00am, for a session where audience and panel interact through buzz groups and share experiences in acquiring, building, and investing in digital innovation.

Our world class panel is comprised of successful entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, venture capital investors, and M&A professionals. Learn from their hits and misses, and ask your questions on topics such as:

  • Time, costs, and risks involved in acquiring a digital innovator
  • The emotional impact of an acquisition or exit for entrepreneurs
  • Lessons learned, what could have been done differently, and the surprises
  • Negotiation experience, working with advisors, and dealing with the stakeholders

Get to know StackPath, the American digital start-up that raised 180 Million in its seed round last year and already acquired 5 companies to build its digital innovation. Hear from entrepreneurs that have created amazing technologies and later joined large corporates such as American Internet giant Snap and Swiss insurance Baloise. Understand how venture capitalists, from corporates to angels, obtain returns from their start-up investments, and what M&A advisors do to help these deals happen.

If you are an entrepreneur, corporate acquirer, investor, or deal maker interested in digitalisation and tech innovation, don’t miss this event.

Event partner and host: CVCI Avenue d’Ouchy 47, 1006 Lausanne

Chambre vaudoise du commerce et de l'industrie

Facilitated by:

Sanja Fabrio, Rodney Reis, David Butler


Simon Gregory

Simon has a 27 year history with BCMS Corporate a global M&A group that is consistently ranked No. 1 in the world for the highest number of completed M&A transactions. As a co-speaker alongside company founder David Rebbettes, Simon has presented M&A topics specifically around identifying the best buyers at up to 30 seminars and conferences every year. Today Simon works with BCMS Switzerland with one of its most recent deal being the sale of Switzerland based video-on-demand company Hollystar to Sky PLC, one of the largest tech-media groups in the world. He has personally advised more than 4000 company owners during his 27 year tenure.

Marco Brunazzo

Investment Manager, PM Equity Partner

Marco used to be a professional swimming coach in his native Italy. He is an engineer versed in classical languages and combines deep financial and business planning expertise with solid all-round technical understanding.
After completing his MSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Padova, he moved to the UK to join a tech start-up in the high-speed computing space.

He then decided to trade his favorite Guns N’ Roses T-shirt for an elegant suit and joined Philip Morris International (PMI), where he held several positions in financial management, with a focus on the European business.
Prior to joining PM Equity Partner, Marco was Manager M&A and Strategic Planning at PMI, where he was involved in a number of high profile business development projects, until he joined PM Equity Partner in 2015.

James Leaverton

James Leaverton is co-founder and vice president of ecosystems at StackPath, the intelligent web services platform for security, speed, and scale. StackPath launched in July 2016, when it announced its initial $180M funding and the acquisition of four companies. A fifth acquisition was announced in February of 2017.  James provides ultimate oversite of StackPath’s ecosystem programs: StackPath Propel – focused on early and growth stage companies, and StackPath Amp – focused on the developer and open source communities.

Before co-founding StackPath, James developed a successful 20-year career at Ricoh USA in account management, most recently as director of managed services. During his tenure at Ricoh USA, James was focused on the customer experience through the development of quality standards and processes for the Pacific Northwest region and provided leadership, operational management and profitable delivery of services to enterprise and mid-market organizations.

David Sidler

David is investiere’s Head of Investor Relations & Head of Communications. In this capacity, he is the first point of contact for private investors. He is also in charge of all PR, marketing as well as media and policy issues.

He has worked in communications, public affairs and government affairs for multinational companies, the Swiss government, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and a New York-based management consulting firm. He speaks 5 languages and grew up in Cape Town, Bangkok, Singapore and Rome. In his free time, David enjoys politics, cooking and playing the bass guitar.


David Butler
In the Zurich startup scene since 2009, managing events for entrepreneurs, connecting founders and investors, advising startups, with a passion to inspire the next big thing.