University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

From tech start-up to world class -
and made in the UK

Mike Lynch OBE FRS FREng

18:00 Thurs 9 March 2017
83 Pall Mall, London

Portrait of Mike Lynch

A discussion of the issues in creating a multibillion dollar tech business out of the UK, going from start-up to scale up to world domination. The advantages and disadvantages of the UK market, including common pitfalls and UK structural issues, considered from the point of view of the companies, investors and financial markets.


Founder of Invoke Capital, a $1 billion fund which invests in fundamental European technologies, Mike Lynch has long been regarded as a visionary figure in technology, described by the Financial Times as "the doyen of European software" and by the Sunday Times as "Britain's Bill Gates".

He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Machine Intelligence, he sits on the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Panel and is a UK Business Ambassador. Mike has founded a number of companies, including Autonomy, the UK's largest software company, with a market capitalisation of $11 billion. He has invested in a number of start-ups, including Darktrace, Luminance, Neurence, Sophia Genetics and Featurespace, and has also advised venture capital and private equity groups such as Apax Partners and the Carlyle Group.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is on the advisory board of the Newton Institute, Tech City's Investment Committee and is a member of the "Create the Change" board at the Francis Crick Institute. He was a non-executive director of Cambridge Enterprise and previous directorships include the BBC, the British Library and Nesta. He is a council member of the of the Foundation for Science and Technology.