​We’re delighted to be taking part in the ‘Hatching A Billion-Dollar Startup’ event by StrategyEye - a leading technology executive intelligence platform - and Telefonica’s accelerator Wayra. At the event we will be hearing presentations from key note speakers Uber, YPlan and Spotify on what it takes to strike it big, followed by four rapid-fire pitches from Wayra startups Yoyo, Skim.it, Rotageek and iwunta.

It’s been a big year for the UK tech scene with cities like London, Manchester and Cambridge producing some of the sharpest entrepreneurs of their generations, while more established players in fintech, ad tech and fashion tech are seeing promising results.

We’re looking forward to what promises to be a lively evening of insightful presentations from category-leading tech players, engaging discussions, rounded off by networking drinks with executives at major media companies, leading venture capital investors and key start-ups as well as advisory companies and thought-leaders on the sector.

Speakers:Adam Williams - Managing Director, UK & Benelux, Spotify

Having raised a total of 538m since 2006, Spotify now has more than 40m users with rumours of an IPO in the pipeline, Spotify managing director of UK & Benelux, Adam Williams will share Spotify’s growth story.

Jo Bertram - General Manager, Uber

What’s fueling Uber’s growth? Uber general manager Jo Bertram will share her experiences of Uber’s attempt to win the taxi app war. Armed with USD1.2bn of venture capital and a USD18.2bn valuation, it’s already spending on aggressive growth.

Peter Briffett - COO, YPlan

YPlan COO Peter Briffit will give us some insights into how, having raised USD12m in its Series A round to fund international growth, the mobile-only going out app is driving ongoing investor interest.

Tom O’Meara - Head of Editorial and Analysis, StrategyEye

With a strong focus on innovation and the startup landscape through their executive intelligence platform, StrategyEye’s head of editorial and analysis Tom O’Meara will talk about the latest technology and digital media investment trends and where the money is going.

Gary Stewart, UK Director, Wayra

Gary Stewart, the UK director of Telefonica’s startup accelerator Wayra will introduce four carefully chosen startups (listed below) to pitch at the event.

RMichael Rolph, Co-founder, YoyoapidFire Pitches:

Yoyo, a London-based mobile payments and loyalty app, has raised USD5m in seed funding. Through its tactical rollout across London universities Yoyo is ironing out any early kinks that emerge as it builds our its rapidly-growing user base.

Lloyd Jennings, Founder & CEO, Skim.it

Aiming to solve the problem of living in a time-poor, but content-rich world, Skim.it is a visual bookmarking tool that allows you to do more with the good content you find online.

Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder, Rotageek

RotaGeek provides simple and powerful cloud-based scheduling for everyone from retailers to doctors.

Evan Tann, Founder, iwunta

iwunta is the simplest way to find someone to hang out with. Grabbing lunch, going surfing, seeing a movie, or even heading out for a night on the town, iwunta ensures that you are never alone.

You can find more information on the event and speakers hereStrategyEye Interview: YPlan Talks Spontaneity, Scale & Startup Culture