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Tech North Advocates is a collection of tech leaders, experts and investors uniting to form the most influential independent, private sector group in the North of England.
Tech North Advocates is a private sector led coalition of expert individuals from the tech sector and broader community who will be committed to championing the North of England’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses. It will strive to support the North's tech start-ups and high-growth businesses in finding new investment, new talent and continued success. The group will consists of technology entrepreneurs, established digital giants, journalists, government figures and vital suppliers to our industry. The group also has Overseas Advocates from 20 countries and territories across the world which include Tech London Advocates, Tech Nordic Advocates, Tech China Advocates, Tech India Advocates to name but a few.
Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners having joined in 2018. His current investment focus is on artificial intelligence & machine learning, human-machine interfaces, enterprise SaaS, autonomous systems, digital health and medical technologies.
Volker is an entrepreneur who has founded and co-founded seven companies to date. He is currently a co-founder of Blue Beck, a mobile development house, and a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, the EdTech accelerator programme. He is also co-founder of Tech North Advocates, championing the case for technology in the North of England. As an angel investor, Volker was amongst the first investors in companies including Pi-Top, Wonde and Bibblio (where he is now Chairman).
Previously, Volker was Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, a mobile social gaming platform, which he helped grow to 450m users at its peak. After its acquisition by BlackBerry in 2011, he served as BlackBerry’s Global Head of Business Development – Games, responsible for launching the gaming proposition for its BlackBerry 10 platform.
Volker started his career as a corporate lawyer with Luther in Hamburg. He left private practice to work with one of the world’s first mobile technology incubators in 2000 and, over the next ten years, helped launch some of the earliest services and applications in the mobile space.
Volker studied law at the universities of Tübingen and Hamburg and is a member of the German bar. He has extensive board experience with companies in the UK, the US, Germany, Israel, Malta and Poland.
Co Founder of Tech North Advocates. Proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Naomi is an experienced growth and innovation consultant with established relationships across the UK. She has extensive experience working with start-ups and growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors. Naomi has been a mentor for 8 years and mentored several hundred businesses. She an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School and chair of the Industry Advisory Board. Naomi also sits on the board of charity Digital Inc and social Enterpise PIE. She was previously Chair of Future Everything and Capital Pilot.
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