January 26th 2018 8:30am

Discover the stories behind the disruptive start-ups movement, as Lulu Laidlaw-Smith presents the companies who decided to Rip It Up, Start Again.

Join us for January's event at Runway East, Moorgate.
Led by Lulu Laidlaw-Smith, these dynamic innovators will take our guests through their experiences in the world of disruption, sharing the stories and insights they have gained.


Haydn Jones
Founder, Blockchain Hub

Haydn is Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub, a specialist blockchain and digital-currency strategy consultancy. Blockchain is a new technology which has huge potential to disrupt conventional frameworks for processing transactions. Whilst the latent opportunity remains clear, it needs to be set against the importance of carefully matching the supply and demand side in a nascent market.  Blockchain Hub advocates a structured examination of the problem the organisation is looking to solve, the suitability of blockchain as a technology, and methodical engagement with the supply market to support deployment of the technology.  Haydn will be talking about a new innovation, the ICO, or Initial Coin Offering, which uses blockchain technology to provide an alternative framework for capital raising. 

Lucy Cassidy
Founder, Virtual Fracture Clinic

Lucy is an entrepreneur, Advance Practitioner Physiotherapist and pioneer of the physiotherapy led Virtual Fracture Clinic (VFC) in Brighton. The service is a revolutionary way of treating patients with acute injuries, using enhanced online information systems. The team recently won the NHS Innovation award for 'Best Practice Adoption Challenge' in 2016.
When Lucy is not working on the virtualisation of the NHS, she is busy developing her own start-up company. Dinner Circle connects people through dinner parties, turning virtual relationships into real ones. 


Joe Scarboro
COO, The Bot Platform

Joe has a varied background including being the CFO of a group of oil companies and extensive experience supporting, mentoring and launching startups in London. In addition to this, he has run a number of innovation initiatives for large organisations such as Lloyds Bank, Unilever and Aviva. His current role is COO at The Bot Platform, a communication automation company. Joe is sharing his startup Touchpaper.org launched in June 2017 with Founding Members including Google, Capgemini, Grant Thornton and Nesta. 

Touchpaper is a not-for-profit to enable startups and corporates to work together. They have created good practice business process toolkits which are fit for purpose.

Touchpaper drew from its research to produce a free toolkit for both startups and corporates, helping make it much easier for them to work together. Joe is also a member of the RaspberryPi foundation and co-founded the startup community company 3beards, whose flagship event still runs each week in over 25 locations from its home in London, to Lima, Berlin, Toronto and more.  


Victor Trokoudes
COO & Co Founder, Plum

Plum is the first AI-powered Facebook Chatbot to allow you to start saving money automatically and effortlessly. Our aim is to help you maximise your financial potential without impacting your lifestyle. We do this in 3 ways. Monitoring your daily spending and setting money aside that you won't need. Ensuring you aren’t overpaying for any financial products, such as energy bills or credit cards, and helping you switch easily if you are. Giving you the option to invest and gain real returns.

Former head of international at TransferWise a fintech unicorn Victor joined Plum when there were 6 in London and left when they were 500+. Victor built and led a team of 25 who launched TransferWise in 25 new markets. Previously he founded and led PoS terminal reseller BlueBird in Europe as well as worked as a trader at Morgan Stanley. He studied economics at Harvard and has an MBA from INSEAD.