VTC Capital - Unique & Superior Access to Emerging Technologies De-risking Investment in Innovation

VTC Capital is a global technology investment platform focused on funding and commercialising world class Intellectual Property (IP) and High Growth Technology Companies.

Over the past decade VTC Capital’s partners have established valuable relationships with some of the world's top academic and research institutions.

VTC Capital employs its unique access to help governments, multinational corporations and investors to connect with, and capitalise on best in class technologies.

Access to China through VTC

VTC has strong links to China through relationships with large healthcare corporations as government bodies with a specific focus on mutually beneficially technology transfer.

VTC’s China relationships present an unique opportunity to assist innovators with access to China, including funding Chinese operations, advising on China strategy, finding local partners as well as IP strategy and protection.

Access to Chinese innovation for Western companies

China is on track to be the world’s top R&D spender by around 2019. VTC functions as a bridge to allow Western companies to access cutting edge Chinese innovation.

Through VTC Group (VTC Capital Multinational Corporate Innovation Partner) Governments, Multinationals and Academia can collaborate on high impact areas and disruptive technologies through its “Tech Clusters.” E.g. Cyber Security and Digital Healthcare.

This model dramatically increases the efficiency and strength of IP commercialisation.


Founding Partners

Robin Newman

Robin Newman Founding Partner & CEO

Robin has spent over 27 years in equity capital markets and equity distribution specialising in Global Emerging Markets. Robin began his career in Singapore in Corporate Finance with Samuel Montagu, before joining WI Carr, spear heading their expansion into the South East Asian markets. During his 13 years at WI Carr, Robin established the Indonesian business in Jakarta, helped establish the research business in Bangkok and Mumbai before heading up their sales business globally out of Hong Kong. Robin moved to Citigroup to help build their new equity division in Asia, starting in Singapore before moving to London in 2004 to head up their Pan Asian and Global Emerging Markets distribution encompassing Asia, Australia, Emerging Europe, Africa and Latin America. Post the acquisition of Lehman in 2008, Robin moved to Barclays, initially in London, then in Singapore, to build their newly created Global Emerging Markets equity business as well as lead their US equity franchise in Europe. Robin’s experience in Asia and the Global Emerging universe provides a powerful global presence for the VTC franchise. Robin has relationships with some of the largest U.S. and Asian institutional and high net worth clients, developed over 25 years of advisory and institutional broking.

John Moore

John Moore Founding Partner & Managing Director

John is a City veteran with over 25 years’ experience working as a stockbroker specialising in block transactions and Equity Capital Markets. In 2001 John became a founding partner in Execution Limited, which was sold to Banco Espirato Santo in 2010. John continues to provide consultancy to several high net worth individuals within the UK and Europe alongside the business of The VTC Group. For past five years John has been building a technology transfer practise with very close links to Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College London. John is a founding shareholder and current board member of The VTC Group.

Ken Olisa

Ken Olisa OBE Founding Partner (Chairman of VTC Group)

Ken is founding architect of the Virtual Technology Cluster model. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. In 1992, after a twelve years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. He has considerable public company Board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently a director of Thomson Reuter. He is also on the board of The Institute of Directors as a Non-Executive Director. Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Chairman of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010); Chairman of Shaw Trust, was an original member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority) and Founder and Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation. In 2009, he was named the Sunday Times Not for Profit Non- Executive Director of the year. In 2015 Her Majesty the Queen, appointed him as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

Luke Dyas

Luke Dyas Founding Partner

Luke joined VTC Capital in April 2016. Luke has 16 years’ experience in Global and Asian technology investing. He started his career in Asia in 2001 at Lehman Brothers in their technology equity research team in Taipei. In 2003 he moved to CLSA Taiwan to coordinate a regional technology product as well as analyse semiconductor and small cap tech stocks. In 2005 Luke moved to JPMorgan in London, initially in an Asia technology equity sales role and later an expanded global technology remit. In 2011 Luke moved to Barclays to assist in the London Asia Equities build out. At Barclays Luke continued to sell Asian technology equities to European investors and also ran emerging markets corporate access strategy for Europe. Prior to joining VTC, Luke spent a year at Quaero Capital designing and launching a Disruptive Innovation long/short cross sector equity fund, which is currently being seeded. Prior to joining the investment industry, Luke established and managed a PC design and assembly business.

Key Team

James Lort Director

A partner at John Moore & Co and a founding partner of the VTC Group. James is passionate about technology transfer and worked with Allied Minds, a US based Technology Company, initially helping them raise $100 pre IPO in 2013 before assisting with their IPO on the LSE in June 2014. James recently lead the first funding round for a UK company on Funderbeam, a cross border crowd funding platform based on Blockchain Technology. James previously worked at Savills and Legal and General, is MRICS qualified and has passed Level 1 of the CFA Program.

Mark Agate Director

Mark started his career with the international law firm Allen & Overy; gaining a first rate transactional and corporate law background. Mark subsequently joined the innovative firm Spring Law -advisers to growth companies, their owners and investors. With over ten years’ experience leading acquisitions, raises, restructurings and disposals alongside continuous engagement on wide ranging commercial and corporate matters Mark understands the needs of high growth technology companies and their ecosystem and has engaged with John Moore and partners on a number of projects since 2012.

Michael Wellesley Non-Executive Director

Michael is a seasoned veteran of the banking and technology industries with over 30 years of experience working in both the US and UK. Currently, Michael acts as an advisor and venture investor to Alpha Venture Partners, a technology focused venture capital firm based in New York. Prior to this Michael has held a number board level positions at technology companies, including being CEO and later Chairman of Chyron Corporation overseeing its merger to become ChyronHego, as well as, CEO of Data Broadcasting Corporation and a Director of Financial News Network. In banking Michael was a co-founder and director of London-based boutique investment bank Stephen Rose and Partners, prior to which he worked in Institutional sales and the investment division of Paine Webber and Schroder’s Bank respectively. Michael studied at Eton College and graduated with a BA Hons. in Modern History from Birmingham University.

Matt Blott

Matt Blott Associate Analyst

Matt has over four years’ analyst experience working in the technology and technology transfer sectors. Matt has worked in both a research and corporate finance capacity with prior experience in UK Private Equity. Matt grew up in Hong Kong travelling extensively in Asia before studying History at Newcastle University and graduating in 2012. Matt is also currently a CFA Level III candidate in the CFA Program having passed both prior exams first time. Outside of work Matt is a keen sportsman having competed in several triathlon and endurance swim events across the world.

Max Denning

Max Denning Associate Analyst

Max has 5 years’ experience working in corporate finance, management consultancy and the mining sector. His last role was General Manager, Commercial and Finance for Pan African Minerals Ltd. He has also performed consulting roles in a variety of industries ranging from tech to agri business. Max graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 having studied Economics & Politics. Outside of work Max has a keen interest in tech in developing economies.