Throughout our history, Slaughter and May has both supported and practised entrepreneurialism and innovation. Fast Forward is our emerging tech incubation programme which supports the work of UK-based technology entrepreneurs and innovators. Through the programme we share our market-leading expertise with a new generation of tech entrepreneurs and innovators, whose businesses have the potential to deliver meaningful improvements or increased competition across a broad range of business sectors.
On 15 January 2019 we announced the third cohort of businesses to join our Fast Forward Programme. Having initially focused on the fintech sector, for this third cohort we opened up the programme to enable a broader range of emerging technology companies to benefit.
Details of the six businesses that make up the third Fast Forward cohort are available here, and details of the programme are set out below.
Applications are now closed.
Our Fast Forward programme offers participants up to £30,000 of value add services including:
Support from our Emerging Tech and Fintech Team’s legal experts in technology, financial services, intellectual property, data, employment, competition and company law.
Access to model legal documents – including non‑disclosure agreements, employment contracts and intellectual property transfers.
Introductions and networking opportunities through Slaughter and May’s existing networks and Fast Forward’s consultative panel of leading industry and legal professionals.
Tailored individual coaching and development sessions in crucial areas such as pitching, presentations, people management, communications and negotiation.
In order to find the very best talent to receive our support, we have formed a consultative panel for the programme that brings together experienced professionals from the technology, financial services and fintech sectors.
Panellists will recommend businesses they consider suitable for entry to the programme, review potential new participants’ business cases and help us identify businesses that stand to benefit most from the programme.
The consultative panel supports Fast Forward by enhancing our ability to direct our efforts towards supporting the cream of the UK’s tech and fintech talent.
The Fast Forward consultative panel is:
Suzanne is a Partner at LocalGlobe where she focuses on early-stage companies. LocalGlobe has been seeding ambitious UK founders since 1999 including Citymapper, Improbable, Lovefilm, Moo, Tweetdeck, Transferwise and Zoopla. Previously, Suzanne spent five years at Social Finance, an impact investing firm seeking to generate both social change and a return on capital. Suzanne enjoys working with mission driven founders, and has a keen interest in digital health, education and marketplaces. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Trinity College, Oxford.
General Counsel, DeepMind Technologies
After five years in San Francisco working as a director in Google’s legal team across a range of issues including privacy, competition, copyright and product compliance, Trevor returned to the UK in June 2016. He is now General Counsel at DeepMind, the artificial intelligence company within the larger Alphabet corporate family that also owns Google.
Chairman, Global Risk Partners
Peter was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and awarded the CBE in 2010 for his contribution to business, entrepreneurship and charitable causes. In 2006 Peter created the Peter Cullum School for Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, and is currently a significant investor in and Chairman of Global Risk Partners and Minority Venture Partners.
Founder and CEO, Invoke Capital
The founder of Invoke Capital, a $1billion 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 $11bn. 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 Foundation for Science and Technology.
Chief Customer and Innovation Officer UK, Santander
Sigga currently leads the UK innovation team at Santander having worked on innovative B2B and B2C products for more than 20 years across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Sigga is particularly interested in e-commerce, digital payments, customer experience and omni-channel marketing.
Rob Sumroy and Ben Kingsley, co-heads of our Fintech Team, will also sit on the panel:
Partner, Slaughter and May
Ben is a partner in Slaughter and May’s Financial Regulation practice and co-heads the firm’s Fintech Team. His clients span the full spectrum from established global financial and TMT groups to high growth start-up challengers. He advises on all aspects of UK and EU financial regulation, including in the areas of banking, insurance, asset management, payments, mobile banking, e-money, and digital financial services. Ben is recognised in Chambers UK as a leading individual in the area of financial services.
Partner, Slaughter and May
Rob is Head of Slaughter and May’s Technology and Outsourcing practices and co-heads the firm’s Fintech Team. He advises on all aspects of IT, outsourcing, e/m-commerce, big data, data protection, cyber security and IP, as well as assisting organisations with their digital strategies. Rob is ranked in the IT and Outsourcing sections of Chambers UK, recognised as a leading individual for Commercial Contracts in The Legal 500 and is listed in SuperLawyers.
There is no minimum size/shape/age/financial position for acceptance into our Fast Forward programme. We will be focussed primarily on the strength, uniqueness and promise of the concept and the team.
The programme is aimed at early‑ and mid-stage ventures rather than established businesses but applications will be accepted from newly-formed businesses through to the pre‑IPO/exit stage.
The firm hopes to include one or more businesses with a sustainability or greentech focus in its third cohort and particularly encourages businesses with strong environmental credentials to apply.
Applications are now closed.