Upper Sugar

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
12:00 – 14:30

Investing in AI: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Industry Challenge

With UK exits from Deepmind (£400m), Apical ($350m), Swiftkey ($300m), Magic Pony ($150m), VocalIQ ($75m), Evie ($26m) & PredictionIO ($25m) – and the recent $15bn acquisition of Israel’s Mobileye by Intel, the market couldn’t be hotter. Some believe this is the bubble, some believe it is only the tip of the iceberg. As an investor, how do you play this market?

Discussion Points

  • Where will the next opportunities be and is the timing right?
  • How many exits are early trade sales versus unicorn IPOs?
  • What kind of investment strategy makes sense? Is it advisable to get exposure to AI via the public or private market?
  • How do you know when to invest – at what stage should you go into an AI startup and how long until you might see a return?



  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break



Panelist: Priya Guha (Ecosystem General Manager at RocketSpace UK)
Panelist: Richard Muirhead (Co-Founder & Chariman of Firestartr, General Partner at Open Ocean)
Panelist: Victor Basta (Founder & Managing Partner at Magister Advisors)
Panelist: Dharmash Mistry (General Partner at Lakestar)
Panelist: Suranga Chandratillake (General Partner)
Panelist: Matt Clifford (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Entrepreneur First)