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Founder & Technology Entrepreneur

Invoke Capital

London, UK

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Mike Lynch’s Biography

Mike Lynch is a visionary technology pioneer and the founder of several world-leading technology companies including Darktrace, Autonomy and Luminance.

His name is synonymous with breaking new ground in the field of AI and he has long been regarded as one of the most enterprising tech entrepreneurs. Mike founded Invoke Capital as a vehicle to found and scale emerging technologies businesses in Europe. Invoke has been leading the way in supporting innovative companies through development from start-up and growing them to a global level.

Whilst at university, he founded Lynett Systems, which created designs and audio products, operating in the music production industry. He then established Cambridge Neurodynamics. Mike founded software development information management company, Autonomy, which became one of the UK’s most successful technology businesses and was listed on the FTSE 100.

Amongst his many awards for ground-breaking achievements, Mike was awarded an OBE in HM the Queen’s New Year Honours for his services to Enterprise. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society and an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge University.

He is Board Director of Luminance, Advisor at Neurence and a Member of the Darktrace Science and Technology Committee. He was a Board Member at Cambridge Enterprise and served in non-executive roles at the BBC and Blinkx alongside a trustee role at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The British Library. Mike also held advisory roles at The Alan Turing Institute, Darktrace, The Council for Science and Technology, The Isaac Newton Institute, The Foundation for Science and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He is Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Suffolk. His charitable interests include Cancer Research, The Prince’s Trust and NESTA.

Mike read Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge and achieved his PhD in Signal Processing and Communications Research.

Mike’s Newsfeed

City AM
Darktrace: What we learned from building a £2.5bn UK success story

Tech entrepreneur, Mike Lynch writes for City A.M. regarding the success of Darktrace, one of the companies he founded.

City AM
Mike Lynch: Cass Business School's new name is fitting tribute to information forefather Thomas Baye

In an article for City AM, Dr. Mike Lynch OBE, founder of several tech firms, including Darktrace and Cambridge Neurodynamics, talks about the renaming of Cass Business School, after the statistician Reverend Thomas Bayes.

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Mike’s Background

Invoke Capital
Founder & Technology Entrepreneur
2012 - Present
London, UK
Invoke Capital uses deep expertise and insight into artificial intelligence research to found, advise and invest in a variety of emerging technology companies in Europe. Invoke Capital's portfolio of businesses comprises Darktrace, Neurence, Luminance and Featurespace.
Autonomy
Founder & CEO
1996 - 2011
Cambridge, UK
Autonomy Corporation was a software development company founded by Mike that processed human information and unstructured data. The company was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2011.
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Mike’s Gallery

Advisory Roles

Darktrace
Member of the Science and Technology Committee
2013 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Darktrace utilises its award-winning Cyber AI to protect company data against attackers and the Darktrace Immune System is regarded as the leading cyber security platform globally. Previously, Mike served as an Advisor on the Science and Technology Committee.
Neurence
Advisor
2013 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Neurence uses deep learning solutions in combination with machine learning techniques to allow computers to gain human perception and attempt to solve the most pressing global commercial issues in various sectors.

Current Board Positions

Luminance
Board Director
2015 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Luminance is the primary AI platform for the legal industry using the technology of the Legal Inference Transformation Engine (LITE) to enable efficient due diligence and compliance reviews.

Previous Board Positions

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Member of Development Board
Cambridge, UK
The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is both national and global in scope. It hosts a variety of mathematical research programmes that draw top mathematicians from not only the UK, but the world over. It relies on existing strengths at universities in the UK and aspires to infuse new vitality into the sector by nurturing and encouraging research.
Cambridge Enterprise
Board Member
Cambridge, UK
Cambridge Enterprise enables academics, researchers, staff, and students at Cambridge University to share knowledge and research. The organisation facilitates access to commercial avenues for the development of ideas and expertise for the benefit of society, the economy, themselves, and the University.
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Previous Advisory Roles

The Alan Turing Institute
Scientific Advisory Board Member
The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence founded in 2016.
Council for Science and Technology
Advisor
London, UK
The Council for Science and Technology (CST) is an advisory body on science and technology policy issues across government and advises the Prime Minister.
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Media

In conversation with Dr Mike Lynch and Suranga Chandratillake
Interview
Feb 2021
London, UK
Dr Mike Lynch and Suranga Chandratillake, General Partner at Balderton Capital, have a conversation surrounding the topic of ‘How we can propel the UK into a tech-driven era’.
In conversation with Dr Mike Lynch and Matthew Gould, British civil servant and CEO of NHSX
Interview
Dec 2020
London, UK
CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould and Founder of Invoke Capital, Mike Lynch, explore the topic of ‘How AI and automation is revolutionising healthcare and the NHS’.
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Publications

Adaptive techniques in signal processing and connectionist models
Author
Nov 1990
Cambridge, UK
Mike's thesis involves combining the development of a series of new methods and the application of adaptive filter theory resulting in a generalised adaptive filter system for engaging in such tasks as pattern recognition.

Awards & Endorsements

New Year Honours
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Jan 2006
Mike was awarded an OBE for services to Enterprise.
Suffolk County Council
Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Suffolk
Deputy Lieutenants support the serving Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk in her duties representing the Queen in Suffolk and engaging with organisations and individuals from the public, private and voluntary sector.
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Charitable Interests

Cancer Research UK
Supporter
London, UK
Cancer Research UK is a research and awareness charity that aims to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. It is the world's largest independent cancer charity and conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
The Prince's Trust
Supporter
London, UK
Mike is a supporter of The Prince's Trust's technology group. The Prince's Trust believe that every young person deserves the chance to embrace exciting opportunities so they help 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Their free programmes give practical & financial support to stabilise their lives, helping them develop key skills.
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Press Releases

World-leading experts in data science appointed to support The Alan Turing Institute
Featured
Mar 2017
London, UK
Mike was named as a member of the first Scientific Advisory Board providing strategic advice to the Alan Turing Institute.

Fellowships

The Royal Society
Fellow
London, UK
The Royal Society is a Fellowship (FRS) of the most eminent scientists worldwide and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
Christ's College, Cambridge University
Lady Margaret Beaufort Fellow
Cambridge, UK
The governing body of Christ's College elects Lady Margaret Beaufort Fellows in appreciation of their dedication to the College.
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Mike’s Education

Christ's College Cambridge
PhD, Signal Processing and Communications Research
Christ's College Cambridge
Bachelor's Degree, Natural Sciences