• LIKE SNOW?

  • LIKE BUSINESS?

  • YOU’LL LOVE SNOWBALL

WORK HARD - PLAY HARD

Over a decade ago, our founders made a simple observation. Conferences are often tedious. Success is measured by the calibre of the people you meet and whether you manage to do any useful business together afterwards. Snowball has been designed to build trust, forge relationships, share knowledge and catalyse new ideas in a friendly environment. Aimed at leaders and power-brokers from technology or affiliated industries, it serves well-connected people at the top of their game. It takes the form of an invitation only, informal, private retreat, set in a ski resort.

HOW IT WORKS

WHO

WHO

Everyone invited is handpicked by the Snowboard using stunningly simple criteria  – great people, with great minds, who are fun to be around. They’re a diverse group of smart, successful people, chosen from a wide array of sectors, connected by a passion for entrepreneurialism and technology. Snowball is informal and welcoming, yet it’s productive. Time away from your normal business life, with this carefully curated group, produces alchemy.

When

When

Snowball 2015 will kick off on Wednesday 25th February 2015.
For the ‘time poor’ delegates, there’s also a shorter version that starts on Thursday 26th. The event closes on the afternoon of Sunday 1st March.

Format

Format

As well as the skiing, we organise lunches, dinners and après ski drinks at the best places, interspersed with thought-provoking discussions hosted by knowledgeable experts from the group. These activities are designed to bring everyone together. And we jiggle with the seating plans so you get to meet as many people as possible.  If you’re not a skier, we provide a range of alternative activities; from husky dog racing to winetasting.

PEOPLE SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT SNOWBALL

  • When you combine incredibly interesting people, skiing, and discretion, you can have both fun and great business conversations.
  • By far the best networking event of the year. Fantastic people, great atmosphere and flawless organisation. A privilege to be invited.
  • A stimulating community of entrepreneurs, investors and advisers who are intent on changing the world and having fun in the process!
  • An outstanding event to truly connect with peers, unlike any other event or conference. Much more like joining a family gathering rather than a business meeting.
  • A fantastic weekend with fun loving, interesting and stimulating people, who come to share ideas, stories and ways of thinking about business outside the box. And by so doing, generate great new business ideas and connections.
  • The brightest, interesting, innovative and most fun group of people you could have the pleasure of spending time away with.
  • The most fun I have had in three days for a while.
  • Snowball is an excellent combination of having fun with great people and exchanging business perspectives with other business leaders.
  • If you haven't been on Snowball, you don't exist.
  • Fantastic organisation, fantastic venue, fantastic and interesting people who know how to have fun!
  • Bright young things, leaders and legends in the making, Snowball creates a unique place to meet, share ideas and most importantly to ski together.

Itinerary & Venue

The stylish Swiss hideaway of Gstaad has been chosen for 2015. With one of the largest ski areas in The Alps, it offers around 250km of skiable terrain, including groomed pistes, cross-country and heli-skiing opportunities. There’s something for everyone - nursery slopes for beginners, miles of quiet blues and reds or the chance to grab an expert guide and head off-piste. Gstaad’s après ski is equally indulgent. The charming main street is pedestrianised so you can stroll between the bars, galleries, gourmet restaurants and designer boutiques. The nearest airport is Geneva (1hr 30 minutes from London). From there, we’ve arranged a coach transfer, which will take approximately 2 hours.

 

 

My last paradise in a crazy world

-- Julie Andrews --

THE HOTEL

The recently renovated Grand Hotel Park has retained all of its Alpine charm. The rooms and suites have a cosy chalet feel and offer beautiful mountain or forest views. Luxury amenities and contrivances abound – from Aromatherapy Associates bath products to Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems. The hotel also has a fabtastic spa and a wide choice of places to drink or dine. The lobby bar (always a crucial spot during Snowball) is a delightful place to hang out and the hotel also boasts a fully-loaded wine tasting room and a positively smoking cigar lounge.

THE SNOWBOARD

Chosen for their long list of friends and contacts, meet the curators of content and purveyors of invitations.

BINDI KARIA

Vice President, Accelerator,
Silicon Valley Bank

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BINDI KARIA

BELINDA RAYNES

Partner, Forgather LLP

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BELINDA RAYNES

DAVID NAYLOR

Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse

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DAVID NAYLOR

EVAN NISSELSON

Investor, LDV Capital

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EVAN NISSELSON

SIMON LA FOSSE

CEO, La Fosse Associates

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SIMON LA FOSSE

JONATHAN McKAY

Chairman, Just Giving & Exony

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JONATHAN McKAY

JAMES BENNET

Director, EMEIA Technology Sector, Ernst & Young

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JAMES BENNET

VICTOR BASTA

Managing Director, Magister Advisors

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VICTOR BASTA

NENAD MAROVAC

Founder & Managing Partner, DN Capital

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NENAD MAROVAC

ROSEMARY FORSYTH

Founder & General Partner, Forsyth Group

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ROSEMARY FORSYTH

GARETH WILLIAMS

Founder & CEO, Ardent

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GARETH WILLIAMS

ROD BANNER

Agent of Change, 3LA

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ROD BANNER

REGISTER

Snowball 2015 is poised to launch. Although we can't promise anyone a place, please register your interest on the contact form below.

snowball@forgather.com

+44 207 352 4310

Forgather LLP, 7th Floor, Peer 1, Brettenham House,
2-19 Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EG, UK

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