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Who will profit from the Generative AI gold rush? HBS Alumni Angels UK education event

You are cordially invited to join us at our next HBS Alumni Angels of the UK event on Tuesday, 20th June 2023 for an expert panel discussion on the global race for Generative AI leadership.


Carlos Eduardo Espinal MBE, Managing Partner Seedcamp

Maria Axente, Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead, PwC United Kingdom

Sean Williams, Founder and CEO AutogenAI

Simon Greenman, Partner Best Practice AI

The buzz surrounding ChatGPT and Generative AI (GenAI) has reached a fever pitch. This “remarkable” technology can generate content—be it written words, images, videos, or audio—that often appears indistinguishable from that created by humans. Its impact on writing, graphics design, coding, music composition, marketing, legal services, the media, game production, and drug discovery could be extraordinary. With billions being poured into a Cambrian explosion of GenAI startups, the BigTech giants are fiercely vying to establish themselves as the go-to infrastructure for Generative AI. But amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to determine whether this is simply another wave of AI hype or a genuine global game-changer.

We will have an expert panel drawn from leading VCs, founders, technologists, and policy makers discussing the question of who will prosper in the race for GenAI leadership.  The panel of experts will include Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Managing Partner at Seedcamp, Maria Axente Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead, PwC UK, Sean Williams Founder and CEO of AutogenAI, and experts from industry who are implementing the technology. The panel will be moderated by Simon Greenman, a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council and Partner at Best Practice AI.

The discussion will draw on the practical experience of the panellists to examine questions such as:

  • What is GenAI?
  • What are the use cases and opportunities for GenAI startups?
  • What are the business models for GenAI companies? Are they defensible?
  • Is US BigTech going to dominate GenAI?
  • How will GenAI impact companies and jobs?
  • What are the best examples of UK GenAI companies?
  • What are the risks of GenAI? What is the likely regulatory outcome?


Speakers Biographies:

Carlos Eduardo Espinal MBE, Managing Partner Seedcamp

Seed Investor, Managing Partner at Seedcamp, and author, Carlos Eduardo Espinal has supported over 300 early-stage startups to grow by providing them not only with capital but also with advice on building products, teams, fundraising, and many more. Some of the highlights of these startups include unicorns such as UiPath, Revolut, TransferWise, Bloomsbury AI, Monese and Wefox. Seedcamp is a European seed-stage venture capital fund headquartered in London.

Maria Axente, Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead, PwC United Kingdom

In her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC, Maria advises partners across industry, academia, governments, and more, on how to harness the power of AI in an ethical and responsible manner. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm’s AI strategy and most recently the development of PwC’s Responsible AI toolkit, firms methodology for embedding ethics in AI. Maria is a globally recognised AI ethics expert, a Advisory Board member of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups, a Fellow of the RSA and an advocate for gender diversity in AI, children and youth rights in the age of AI.

Sean Williams, Founder and CEO AutogenAI

Sean is the Founder and CEO of AutogenAI. AutogenAI is a private UK company founded in 2022. AutogenAI uses cutting-edge natural language processing technology to help companies write tenders, proposals and marketing copy, saving time and money and improving win rates. AutogenAI’s software is being used internationally by a long list of blue-chip clients and they have rapidly become a leader in the generative AI space.

Sean has worked in research, policy, business development and operational management for some of the largest, most successful public service providers in the UK. He has designed and managed large-scale public service contracts both across the UK and abroad, managing businesses directly and indirectly employing over 900 staff. Sean founded, and was the Chief Executive at, Corndel Ltd, where he grew the business from scratch to 350 people. Sean sold Corndel in November 2020 to THI Holdings in a reported 40m+ sale before founding AutogenAI.

Simon Greenman, Partner Best Practice AI,

Simon Greenman is an AI and online innovator with a 25-year career as an executive, investor, and director. He co-founded MapQuest.com, advises on AI strategy and governance at consultancy Best Practice AI, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. Simon has worked or consulted with companies including HomeAdvisor Europe, Bowers & Wilkins, AOL, and Accenture. He spent ten years leading digital transformations for PE backed companies in the local marketplace and directory space in US and Europe. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computing and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex.


The event is sponsored by Taylor Wessing.

Tags: angels , GenAI , HBAAngels , HBS , HBSAAUK , startups , VC ,
Date and time
20 June 2023
18:30 - 21:30
Venue Address

Taylor Wessing
5 New Street Square

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