Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Leadership

Founder & CEO

Markus Milsted

My role at Kavedon Kapital is to own the Vision & Mission we are on, collaborating with the teams that make up Kavedon Kapital to progressively deliver our strategic direction.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve developed a mixed-skills experience, from a technical capability to a sophisticated financial knowledge base which has always tended to Centre around the Startup Space.

My world view is quite a simple one. I put the essential need for changes at the heart of everything I engage, and always have a Founder Focus when working with Startups.

Previously, I have been a Founder and worked with Founding teams, and you can honestly believe me when I say I have the battle scars and stories that come with such experiences.

Professionally, I enjoy solving problems for a greater benefit and impact beyond that of simply a monetary outcome (although that is important). For me, I believe there is natural cohesion between measurable monetary outcomes and sustained beneficial change, and when looking at anything that is the key element I search for.

In my private downtime I enjoy reading about a wide variety of topics and ticking items on my “to do list”. The next big one is to get a private pilot license when time allows such a commitment.

Chief Operating Officer

Edward Platt

I have enjoyed 30 years investment experience across a number of asset classes, coupled with founding, advising and building businesses. In my earlier career, I worked with a number of global financial entities, before leading and managing investment and trading operations, with a bias towards fixed income and in particular the trading and managing of derivative products.

More recently over the last 12 years, I have been involved in investing in and building businesses, as well working with and discovering founders and entrepreneurs across Europe. A strategic networker, I have assisted in raising funds and advising companies. During this time I have been engaged as CIO with a European Family Office and the creation of an Austria Venture Fund vehicle and Accelerator, for a Corporate entity.

Chief Finance Officer

Alex Roberts

Results focused financial and commercial professional with experience in a variety of industries and organisations. An ACA chartered accountant with a high degree of commercial and operational acumen. Specialising in working with businesses and organisations to develop credible financial forecasts and business plans over short, medium and long term horizons. Commercially astute with the ability to integrate rapidly into any organisation bringing a multi faceted contribution to any board.

Adaptable, flexible, with a ‘hands on’ approach to leading a team to successfully bring about cultural and operational change. Driven to ensure strategic, operational and financial goals and targets are delivered “On Spec – On Budget – In Time”

Chief Technical Officer

Grant Wyatt

Over a 25+ year career in corporate finance and principal investment, I have developed a full suite of skills from identifying, originating, structuring, negotiating, and completing complex M&A and disposals, leading restructurings and financings across global markets as well as supporting businesses develop sustainable growth strategies.

The main industry sectors where I have developed my expertise include industrials, FMCG, renewables and transport.

I am passionate about the development of new technologies which make things better and which improve efficiency and sustainability.

I am a believer in the power of the circular economy.

Fund

Partner

Leslie Maliepaard

Leslie has a 20 year background of building and leading tech, financial and SaaS Start Ups in Europe and Africa.

Her professional passion projects include Circular Economy, Clean Water, Sustainability and Deep tech. Leslie is a multiple Founder and board advisor in Quantum Encryption, SaaS sectors as well as the WBAF Global Women Leaders Committee.

A co-Founder of Fortrino Ltd, an Irish VC focusing on Cyber Security, Data ownership, Social and Impact sectors in Europe, Leslie also co-founded The Planet Calls, an Irish Foundation, to progress the ‘sustainable future’ movement within the commercial world.

Partner

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy has over 25 years corporate finance, principal investing and PE experience built up in originating, negotiating and executing M&A, restructurings and capital raising transactions primarily in the industrials, transport, leisure, technology and energy sectors globally.

Initially with ABN AMRO, then Credit Suisse, he advised global brands, before joining Lansdowne Capital as a Director.

In 2013, Jeremy founded his own financial advisory / consultancy advising earlier stage companies, corporates, PE, VC and Family Offices on M&A, capital raisings and listings as well as operational improvement and on finding sustainable solutions.

Head of Founder Relations

Andrew Hughes

An extremely respected CEO entrepreneur, Andrew is highly experienced in establishing and advising multiple high-performing digital Start-ups from concept to funding to exit, leveraging proven success for the investment and founder communities.

A ‘venture scaler’ with the proven ability to manage complex issues, challenge assumptions and critically impact decision making, whilst delivering strategic direction, growth, culture and revenues. Coupled with this, Andrew has over twenty years of leadership experience, advising over 100 start-ups.

A multiple Founder to exit, Andrew most recently was co-founding CEO of a digital games studio for seven years, acquired by Europe’s largest gaming tech enterprise Novomatic after only four years of stellar growth. Achieving the highest-grossing globally distributed asset on the world’s largest gaming platform Google Play.

Andrew, an investor and proven fundraiser, also acts as advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs, boards and accelerator programs in London and Madrid where he is also adjunct professor at the IE MBA University. He has co-founded two internationally recognised industry associations becoming industry spokesperson.

Andrew brings an enormous pedigree and talent to Kavedon garnered through proven experience across many sectors that will support our Founders of tomorrow through their journeys.

Associate Partner

Iva Rakocevic

Iva is passionate about sourcing and understanding Founders and early stage companies. Previously at C-Quadrat Investment Group, PWC, Raiffeissen Bank and the United Nations, Iva focused on deal origination, evaluation and analysis, portfolio management and led transaction solutions.

Independently, over the last 3 years, Iva has built an extensive global network, sourcing and supporting quality companies, at the same time acting as advisor to a number of Global Investors. Based in Vienna, Iva has focus on Western Europe and the CEE.

Portfolio Manager

Jasper Ettema

As a multi-entrepreneur in mobile technology and medical devices, Jasper has over 20 years experience.

He has immersed himself in supporting young tech companies across Europe. Designing and operating accelerator programs and VC solutions, he recently led the accelerator at 360 Lab in Graz.

Jasper combines his interdisciplinary thinking, efficient approach and vast network, to focus on bringing his knowledge to growing companies. Jasper regularly writes, speaks and presents to Start Up companies and Investors across Europe.

Portfolio Manager

Carol Tarr

South Side of Chicago born. Daughter of a real estate entrepreneur with some serious Kentucky-style hustle in him. Studied East-Asian Studies (Wesleyan), Buddhist ethics (Harvard), History of Religion (University of Chicago). Moved to Amsterdam. Taught entrepreneurship, social science and research methods in business school (Nyenrode).

Started a spice business (Atomic Spices). Worked for The Next Women as partnership manager, discovered VC then discovered how difficult it was for minorities, women, LGBTQ+, intersectionals and others to get VC funding. Got a fellowship (Included VC). Co-founded Wominvest Observatory to collect data to fight at the EU policy level for more capital for underestimated founders.

Studied Impact Investing (Oxford) and Sustainable Finance (University of Zurich). Learned a lot of theory but missed the hustle. Now back to original love of entrepreneurship and VC.

Analyst

Ieva Katiliute

Ieva has over 5 years international experience in Asset Management and Venture Capital.

Initially, as part of the founding team in a start-up in Hong Kong, Ieva was responsible for product management, fund raising and IP. During the last 4 years, Ieva has worked as an Investor Relations and Investment Operations Associate at an Asset Management firm in London and at Truesight Ventures, as an analyst focused on different pre-seed and seed stage companies, carrying out product and market analysis.

Analyst

Croydon Fernandes

Croydon brings many talents, a Founder, a Scientist and Marketing and Sales expert.

Graduating with a Masters in biomedical science research, he moved to the UAE spending over 5 years with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, leading sales and marketing. At the same time he co-founded Last Minute Productions, a digital media production company.

Croydon’s strong background in scientific research has provided him with the ability to view scenarios with a very commercial, yet scientifically driven pair of eyes.

Marketing

Head of Marketing

Rikard Svendsen

Rikard Svendsen has over 20 years experience helping businesses build brands and win hearts and minds.

A strategic and creative thinker, Rikard has a proven track record of generating outstanding commercial returns for diverse clients such as Mercedes-Benz, SKY, MTV, ITV, Unilever, RAC, PruHealth, MOBO and 3M.

Rikard’s wealth of experience spans omnichannel customer insight, brand and digital strategy, creative direction, customer experience design and digital marketing.

A highly confident facilitator and leader with a real ‘make-it-happen’ attitude, Rikard inspires, challenges and guides cross-functional teams so they rationally and emotionally connect customers with brands.

He is a big advocate of using cognitive psychology and qualitative research to develop marketing strategies that build strong and effective brands. Utilising deep customer insight and market research to win both hearts and minds.