Ascension Ventures has assembled an experienced group of mentors, including seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals who provide insight and access to their networks. These connections will be harnessed for the benefit of our portfolio businesses, providing access to investment opportunities before they reach the wider market

The mentors will contribute their expertise in the digital media and technology sectors, ranging in size from start-up to global companies; operating within online video, music, games, edtech, adtech, publishing, retail, SaaS, and eCommerce

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Remy Minute

CEO of CSC Media Group

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Remy was founder and CEO at CSC Media Group Ltd, which, when sold to Sony Pictures Television in 2014 for approximately £107m, operated 16 ad-supported television channels and associated websites/VOD channels in the UK.

Remy has worked in broadcast and interactive media for nearly 20 years. Previous to CSC Media, Remy served as the Commercial Director of YooMedia Plc, where his focus was on building and managing their successful and profitable gaming business. Before YooMedia, Remy served as Head of Strategy at Telewest Broadband where he was responsible for implementing Telewest’s broadband content strategy.

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Mark Wood

Ex Chief Executive at Future PLC and ITN

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Mark Wood was Editor-in-Chief and Head of Media at Reuters and subsequently worked as Chairman/CEO of ITN, the TV news organisation, and CEO of Future PLC, the UK-US publishing group.

He developed digital businesses at Reuters and ITN and was also a co-founder of digital video business Diagonal View. Under his leadership Future took its digital traffic to 60m visits a month and became the leading UK publisher on the iPad. Mark is a non-exec director of Future, Ten Alps and Citywire.

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Shweta Sharma

Advisor/Mentor at Microsoft Ventures

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Shweta is the ex-Director of Entertainment for Xbox at Microsoft. She established the Xbox Entertainment business for Europe, Middle East and Africa during 2012 to 2014, adding strategic planning and business management skills to front the launch of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One App portfolios. She was responsible for driving growth through new product development, marketing and customer propositions.

After her time at Microsoft, Shweta headed up Digital Commerce for Harvey Nichols in London.

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Pierre-Jean Sebert

Ex MD of Eurosport UK

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Pierre-Jean Sebert has 20+ years of senior management experience in media and music, and is the co-founder and CEO of the music & brands agency Miles, based in London.

Prior to Miles, Pierre-Jean has been with Eurosport for 13 years, as Channel Controller, Director of Business Development and then MD UK.

After Eurosport, has been working as a senior advisor to major media and entertainment companies including cable operators Virgin Media and ONO, broadcasters UKTV and Mad Men’s creators Rainbow Media, the UEFA, Arqiva and Broadcast Australia, before launching as CEO the online TV platform SeeSaw in 2010.

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Richard George

Angel Investor

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Richard is an ex-PwC accountant and corporate treasurer, and has been working with and investing in early stage / growing business software companies since 1994. He has broad experience as a CEO, COO, CFO and NXD, often appointed by institutions, and is currently NXC of activ8 Intelligence Limited and an NXD of Comply Serve, Crowd Control, OneSys Group and others. Richard’s key focus is helping software companies to raise finance and structure themselves properly for growth, whilst also acting as a sounding board and support for executive teams in commercial discussions and matters of financial management, governance, compliance and investor relations. Richard is also a director of a midsize digital and PR agency and given half a chance will happily ‘add his two penn’orth’ to discussions about marketing strategy.

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Natasha Mitchell

Ex NBC Universal

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Natasha was VP Strategy and Operations for NBC Universal International Television Production, where she was responsible for corporate strategy, business development and business planning activity for the division and its production labels.

Prior to NBCU, Natasha was Head of Strategy for Fremantle Media (2007 to 2013). Here, she led corporate strategy and business planning for the group, working alongside the CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Fremantle Media Board. Mitchell was previously a TMT strategy consultant at Deloitte and she holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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Peter Cowley

Ex MD of Digital Media for Endemol UK

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Peter is a hugely experienced multi-platform executive and entrepreneur. Previous to founding his own businesses Spirit Digital Media (a dynamic multi-platform content producer) and Connected Ventures (an eCommerce technology company), Peter was the MD of Digital Media for Endemol UK and global head of original digital programming at Endemol International. Peter has spent his working career in content (Spirit & Endemol), internet portals & access (Freeserve/Orange), marketing (Videotron/ Cable & Wireless/Virgin Media) and advertising (BBH).

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Howard Litton

Ex MD of Nickelodeon UK

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Howard was the Managing Director of Nickelodeon UK until 2010. Since then he has been the Content & Creative Executive for Hopster and an Advisor/Consultant to a range of companies in the Kids/Television space. Howard has huge experience and knowledge of the children’s TV and digital markets.
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Gill Barr

Director at Paypoint

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Before serving as director at Paypoint, a FTSE 250 leading specialist payments company, Gill served as Marketing Director of Co-operative Group and as the Head of Marketing for UK & Ireland at Mastercard. Previously, she has served as Marketing Director and Member of the Management Board for John Lewis and has an MBA from London Business School.
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Alex Viall

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

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Alex has had a diverse career, working in publishing and financial services institutions before his time as a dotcom pioneer and survivor from 1995 to 2010. He was a partner at Datanet, a European sports data and content business (sold profitably to a listed business in 2000), and then co-founder in a regulatory financial services software business in London and New York (Complinet) where his focus was content/product, which was sold profitably to Thomson Reuters in 2010. He is now an angel investor in start-up high growth tech businesses where his role as investor, NED or consultant sees him use his network and experience to guide entrepreneurs on achieving growth, defining strategy and getting to the next stage. 
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Shalini Koshal

Head of Sales Strategy at BBC Worldwide

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Shalini is head of sales strategy at BBC worldwide having previously held the role of global head of Digital Media Strategy & Partnerships at Unilever. She has 12+ years of experience working with both large corporates & SMEs. Shalini has an MBA from INSEAD.
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Gregor Angus

Marketing Management Consultant

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Gregor is a Marketing Management Consultant with 25 years of entrepreneurial and creative experience, enabling the creation, management and commercialisation of exciting young businesses. Gregor was previously the Executive Vice-President of Cossette, a Marketing and Advertising Agency, and Commercial Consultant at Magine

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Eldar Tuvey

Co-founder and CEO of ScanSafe

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Eldar is a leading technology entrepreneur who co-founded ScanSafe in 1999, the world’s first provider of web security as a service. In 2007 ScanSafe was named one of the top 100 technology start-ups in the world by Red Herring and recognised as a technology innovator and visionary company by Gartner. ScanSafe had over 2,000 of the world’s leading companies as customers including Shell, IKEA and GE. The security services were delivered through an international network of datacenters from Tokyo to San Francisco and distributed by partners such as Google and AT&T. The company was sold to Cisco for $183 million in October 2009.

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Jon Gisby

Head of Vevo Europe

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Jon has led strategic change in start-ups, business divisions, complex corporations and joint ventures. He has been responsible for services and brands that have delighted millions of consumers and generated hundreds of millions in revenue. He has advised CEOs, boards, investors and industry organisations, helping them face the realities and opportunities of disruptive technology and their digital future.

Jon currently heads Vevo Europe, having previously been a director at Channel 4 and Managing Director at Yahoo UK. Jon has an MBA from Harvard.

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Alex Konecki

Ex Endemol

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Alex is an experienced digital media expert with over twelve years of experience devising and launching innovative digital products across EMEA. Specializing in strategy, content development, stakeholder management, marketing and commercial.

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Gillian Wilmot

Ex MD of Royal Mail, Next, & Boots

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Gillian chairs Sports Coach UK, the National Coaching Foundation, and founded Board Mentoring in 2008. Her background in Retail, Logistics, Brands and Consumer Markets is combined with her work more recently in Tech, Sport, Energy, Government Investment Advisory and the Leisure/Gambling industry. She offers a strategic approach focused on stakeholders and aligned to a real operational understanding and insight into management and leadership.

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Peter Einstein

Chairman at Eclipse Media Group

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Peter Einstein is a senior operational executive with strong leadership, communication and entrepreneurial skills. Mr. Einstein has focused his career on start-up/ turn around company situations which have resulted in operational/profitable success on a domestic and international basis. He has achieved this success in multicultural/multilanguage situations providing both vision and leadership to companies in these environments.

Peter spent 15 years at Viacom Inc’s MTV Networks and was an original member of the team that launched MTV:MUSIC TELEVISION and NICKELODEON in the US. During his tenure at MTV NETWORKS he held posts ranging from management positions with the U.S. sales, marketing and Ad sales divisions to moving overseas and developing MTV’s international expansion including becoming President and Business Director of MTV Networks Europe. In this post he was responsible for all business and strategic areas of the company including MTV Europe, VH-1 UK and VH-1 Germany.

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Mel Alcock

Member of the BBFC Management Board

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Mel has over 30 years experience in the TMT sector. He is currently a member of the BBFC Management Board, Non Executive Director of Arts Alliance Media Ltd, Trustee of the Whitstable Biennale and Owner of the Complete Circle Consultancy Ltd. Mel has held Senior Management roles at Sky, Disney, i-Crossing, Fremantle and Curzon.

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