BINDI KARIA, Innovation Expert + Advisor, Connector of People and Business
Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, TechStars Startup Weekend, Tech London Advocates, European Innovation Council, WEF), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). She is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship, and is the founder of a Boutique Advisory Firm, bindi ventures, focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Startup, VC Managing Partners, Government) for commercial success.
She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of seven startups, one Venture Debt fund, and is a Venture Partner at a London VC. She also sits on Corporate Digital Advisory Boards, the Advisory Boards of European Innovation Council, Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates, Ambassador for Innovate Finance, Governor at the University of East London, and was recently appointed by World Economic Forum to their Digital Leaders of Europe Group. She strongly believes in promoting Women in Tech, and as such, seven of her Advisory Board roles are for women-founded businesses.
She joined Silicon Valley Bank where she launched SVB's early stage banking efforts in Europe, as well as driving the Bank's relationships with Corporate & Emerging VCs. Her passion for entrepreneurship was cemented as Venture Capital/Emerging Business lead at Microsoft UK. For five years, she lead BizSpark in the UK. (now Microsoft Ventures) She focused on how Microsoft could drive success for early-stage technology companies, and partnered extensively with the UK Investor Community.
Bindi was born in the UK, raised in Canada, but now calls London home.