LEADING THE GROWTH

Business Builder

Our Business Builder helps our startups develop from amateur to professional by providing a platform where our Accelerator companies move into. With smart investment and mentorship, we close the gap between seed and growth.

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About

Business Builder.

Combining the network of shareholders, mentors, experts and our growing investor group, the Business Builder enables continuous improvement after the program. During the Accelerator, the team provides support through various workshops, weekly investment sessions, and evaluations.

 

At leAD, one of our main goals is to help the startups secure follow-on investments. The Business Builder plays a key role in achieving this milestone by not only providing support during the program but especially in the crucial months after the cohort graduation. Following the Accelerator, the team assists with direction and guidance for the follow-on investments and mentoring with finance, strategy, and general business development, with the aim to lead the startups to independent growth.

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Meet the team

Meet the team behind the leAD Business Builder.

Brett Bivens

Brett Bivens

Investment Director

Brett is passionate about the intersection of sports and technology, having spent most of his career building and investing in innovative companies that bring those two worlds together. After leading global operations at Krossover Intelligence, a sports analytics firm, Brett helped launch and lead the investment team at TechNexus where he played a role in sourcing, executing, and supporting over 50 venture capital investments.

Aaron Naisar

Aaron Naisar

Investment Manager

Aaron is an experienced early-stage investor. He has negotiated and executed more than 15 investments, ranging from pre-seed to Series A in the realm of sports tech. He holds a master’s degree with distinctions in Strategic Entrepreneurship from Rotterdam School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim. Aaron is a sports fanatic and holds a tennis coaching license.

Mathew Cullen

Mathew Cullen

Investment Manager

Mathew has a passion for entrepreneurship and investing. He has multiple years of experience in private and public markets after setting up and managing a family office, as well as experience with startups in business development and data analytics. He holds a degree in International Business and Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. Mathew lives in London and is an avid golfer and sports fan.

Chris Day

Chris Day

Synergy Officer

Chris is a former professional poker player and collegiate tennis player who graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science focused on IT and Strategic Management. He has started a range of ventures from a Cryptocurrency Investor Network to a Property Management firm in London.  His passion now revolves creating equal opportunity in health, fitness, and sport for all.  Chris is based in London with his wife and dog where he coaches at his local Crossfit gym in his free time. 

Tobia Tassinari

Tobia Tassinari

Investment Intern

Tobia combines his enthusiasm for sports and his financial knowledge in his role at leAD. With an academic background in economics, philosophy, and finance, he supports the development and implementation of an analytical approach to performance reporting for leAD Portfolio companies. In his bachelor's thesis, he investigated alternative incentives to address and reduce fan misbehavior.