• LIKE SNOW?

  • LIKE BUSINESS?

  • YOU’LL LOVE SNOWBALL

Our Philosophy

Success in business is about thinking big and embracing change. So why shouldn’t the same apply to conferences? Once a year, Snowball brings together tech leaders and innovators - creating something special in somewhere snowy. Our objective is to find inspiration in a unique community and build friends and allies for our businesses.

Snowball is a meeting of minds designed to foster collaboration and creativity. A chance to build new relationships and cultivate old ones. Over the years, we’ve seen businesses born and funded. We’ve seen new ideas floated, new technologies embraced, and individuals flourish. There are no presentations, only two-way conversations. There are no attendees, only active participants.

HOW IT WORKS

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

Everyone you’ll meet at Snowball are leaders in their fields – a diverse group drawn from an array of sectors, with a shared enthusiasm for technology.

Everyone has been personally invited by the Snowboard and when it comes down to it the criteria are simple – great people, with great minds, who are fun to be around.

Snowball is informal and welcoming, yet highly productive. Time away from your normal business life, with this carefully curated group, produces alchemy.

When

When

Snowball 2016 will kick off on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.
The event closes on the afternoon of Sunday 6th March.

Format

Format

As well as the skiing, we organise lunches, dinners and après ski drinks at some of the best hangouts, interspersed with thought-provoking discussions hosted by knowledgeable experts from the group. The activities are designed to bring everyone together so you get to meet as many people as possible.

If you’re not a skier, we provide an alternative range of activities; from driving your own dogsled and dog team, to a trip on the brand new Skyway Monte Bianco with a glacier walk.

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.
  • I may never recover, but I'll definitely be back.
  • I have not been to another event where I was as challenged, inspired, and energised.
  • It broadened my horizons and challenged me to excel in new areas of my life.
  • Snowball was an outstanding and truly unforgettable event and the amazing effort and organisation that went behind it was extraordinary.
  • If you can describe Snowball in one word then you clearly haven't been! Only Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is brighter and more colourful than this crowd.

Itinerary & Venue

The delightful Italian resort of Courmayeur has been chosen for Snowball 2016. It’s a relatively short (90 minute) transfer from Geneva which is also only 90 minutes from London.

At the foot of Mont-Blanc, Courmayeur (1,224m) is a charming 17th-century spa town at the top of the Aosta valley. Pretty buildings with slate roofs line the traffic-free cobbled streets of the old town. The central Via Roma is bursting with bars, delicious delis as well as quality shopping like Gucci and Hermes. You’ll also find some of the best restaurants in the Alps both on and off the mountain.

As for the skiing – there’s something for everyone - from the bunny slope behind our hotel to the challenges of off-piste and the famous Vallée Blanche. Friday night will be spent up the mountain at the legendary Maison Vieille and we’ll arrive there on skidoos.

 

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

-- Margaret Mead --

THE HOTEL

Our home this year is the Grand Hotel Courmayeur. This 5-star glass palace with view of Mont Blanc, opened last season and is a short walk from the centre of town.

Minimalist in design, the hotel features dark alpine wood and local stone to compliment the large expanses of glass. Bedrooms are spacious, airy and come with both soundproofing and super-soft robes. The central ‘chalet’ which houses the reception, lounge bar and restaurant, is linked over three floors by a large atrium with an impressive feature staircase. And it’s all ours.

The stunning spa has an indoor pool, Sauna, Turkish bath, and multi-sensory showers. Behind the hotel is a private nursery slope complete with a magic carpet lift.

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

STEFAN ROEVER

CEO and founder of Genia Technologies

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STEFAN ROEVER

NENAD MAROVAC

Founder & Managing Partner, DN Capital

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NENAD MAROVAC

PRIYA LAKHANI

CEO, CENTURY-Tech

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PRIYA LAKHANI

GARETH WILLIAMS

Founder & CEO, Ardent

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GARETH WILLIAMS

ROD BANNER

Agent of Change, 3LA

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ROD BANNER

REGISTRATION

Snowball 2016 is now sold out.

If you have received an invitation and would like to come, may we ask that you complete the form below to join the waiting list.

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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