Ken Valledy and Eamonn Carey

Ken Valledy and Eamonn Carey

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Eamonn Carey is an entrepreneur, investor, author and TV personality. He started, scaled, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East —including Farmvillain — an app which some described as the ‘South Park of Facebook’. He first started building games (as an eight-year-old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for technology lived on in spite of that fact.

He is a General Partner at Tera Ventures, where he invests in pre-seed and seed deals in the Nordics, Baltics and beyond. He was formerly a Managing Director at Techstars in New York and London, as well as a partner at The Fund. As an angel and VC, he has invested in over 100 companies across Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. Carey started his career as a journalist, before starting his first company in 2007. He is a regular speaker at major international events including SXSW, Web Summit, Mobile World Congress, Slush and more. In 2022, his first book, The Startup Lexicon was released, and in 2023, he appeared as a judge in the Amazon TV reality TV show 'Ready, Set, Startup'.

Ken Valledy is a Partner/co-founder at Progressive Acceleration, where he helps global brands (inc.P&G, Mercedes, GSK) to successfully partner with best-in-class startups. Ken provides mentorship support across a range of Startup Accelerator programs, including; Techstars, Startup Boot Camp, Block.dojo, FemTechLabs, Mass Challenge and LMarks. He is a regular panelist/speaker at startup-related conferences and hosts the popular ‘The Catalysts’ podcast, which focuses on the key benefits of corporates and start-ups working together

Before venturing into the world of startups, Ken had over 15 years FMCG/CPG Brand Marketing experience and was a former Brand Director / Consumer Connections Director (Western Europe) at ABInBev. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 2022, Ken's first book, The Startup Lexicon became a bestseller.

Together, Ken and Eamonn bridge the worlds of corporates, startups, innovation and inspiration - having worked with some of the biggest brands in the world - including AB InBev, Barclays, Amazon, Google, O2, American Express, P&G, Mercedes, GSK and many others.

Speaking Topics

Ten Words That Will Shape Your Future

In this thought-provoking talk, we will delve into the fundamental tech words that are pivotal in comprehending the intricate landscape of the future. As we hurtle towards a world driven by technological advancements, it becomes increasingly crucial to grasp the language that underpins these transformative innovations. From artificial intelligence to blockchain, quantum computing to virtual reality, the future is being shaped by an array of cutting-edge technologies that demand our attention. During this enlightening session, we will demystify these complex concepts, breaking them down into accessible language that empowers individuals to navigate the future with confidence. By understanding these tech words, we gain a valuable lens through which we can interpret the transformative changes unfolding around us, enabling us to make informed decisions, embrace new opportunities, and actively participate in shaping the world of tomorrow. Sessions can be tailored for specific industries or requirements - from finance to CPG and beyond.

When Startups Meet Corporates

Ken and Eamonn have seen the good, the bad and the very ugly when it comes to collaboration between innovative startups and scaleups with large corporates. In this engaging talk, filled with practical examples, tips and pitfalls, they will talk about how founders and executives can prepare themselves to work together in a more coherent and cohesive way - with a real focus on tactical tips and suggested timelines to help both sides realize their goals. Attendees will come away with a new appreciation for how to think about these types of partnerships, whether they should even think about them at all and crucially - how to think about KPIs, the quirks on both the startup and corporate side of things and how to start with the end in mind to ensure a successful outcome.

Speaking Topics

  • Ten Words That Will Shape Your Future
  • When Startups Meet Corporates