2050 Capital is a solo-GP organisation supported by a deep network of seasoned early stage investors, former entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts.

Investment Team

Cornel Chiriac , Founding Partner, London, UK


Cornel is the founding partner of 2050 Capital and focuses on the UK/EU market. Among other deals, Cornel led the seed investment rounds in Hadean (distributed HPC), AMFG (digital factory software), Vaticle (knowledge graph type db and query language), and Origin Sciences (DNA sequencing cancer diagnostics). Cornel serves on several boards and advisory committees.

Complementary to 2050 Capital, Cornel heads the Chicago Booth Angels London chapter, was instrumental to scaling the investment group globally, and is involved with various University of Chicago venture initiatives.

In his earlier career Cornel built and scaled two ventures in the USA to multi-million exits, was a strategy and deal consultant with L.E.K. in London, and a corporate VC with the World Gold Council. Cornel also worked on energy transition engagements with Fieldstone Capital. Prior to settling in London, Cornel lived and worked in the USA for over a decade and in China & South-East Asia for four years.

Cornel holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Advisors and Venture Partners

Alex Lintott , Venture Partner, Austin, TX, USA


Alex is a venture partner at 2050 Capital and an active early stage venture investor.

Alex is a seasoned operator and investor, with a strong finance and accounting background. Based in Texas, he has worked in North America, Europe, and South America. Prior to 2050 Capital, Alex served as CEO of a manufacturing and media services company for 4 years. This company was acquired by a private investment fund he created and led to find, acquire, and operate a single company on behalf of both private and institutional investors (i.e., a search fund). Earlier in his career, Alex worked with Chevron in a variety of operational, strategy, commercial, and business development roles, and with both Lazard Frères and Merrill Lynch in New York as an investment banker. Alex began his career in public accounting at Deloitte, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Complementary to 2050 Capital, Alex also is a founding member and heads the Chicago Booth Angels Texas chapter.

Alex holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and both a masters and bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Brian Sohn , Venture Partner, South Korea


Brian is an angel investor and venture partner at 2050 Capital. He focuses on the firm’s activities in South Korea.

Brian’s early stage investment experience includes venture capital investments for Korean-based Gisson Capital and leading venture syndicates with Startup Research. Brian is an experienced CFO and often provides financial expertise to portfolio companies.

In his earlier career, Brian led investor relations for LG Electronics, was an equity research analyst with HSBC, and led the global business division for GCCEI (focused on IoT, 5G, ICT, gaming).

Brian holds a MBA and Finance degree from the University of Akron.

Silvia Shiliashka , Investor and Board Member, London, UK


Silvia is a senior executive with over 20 years of leadership experience for investment banks, corporates and growth equity funds, and a strong track record of establishing and growing profitable, sustainable businesses. Silvia's formative career was spent in global investment banking roles for UBS and Moelis & Company, spanning fundraising, corporate restructuring, M&A, LBO, IPO and other strategic and financial advisory services for corporates across sectors. Subsequently Silvia joined Marlet Property Group as COO, working closely with both its founders and partner, M&G to propel its growth from early stage to become Ireland’s leading property development group. In addition, Silvia holds non-executive roles for three diverse organisations, including a leading global software firm for the additive manufacturing sector, a European B2B tech growth equity fund, and an international education-focused charity.

Silvia holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Princeton University.

Mike Hughes , Schneider Electric, President Nordics, Stockholm, Sweden


MIke is the Zone President of Schneider Electric Nordics and Baltics.

Mike has conducted an international career with Schneider Electric for over 15 years. Previously, he was responsible for the strategic accounts and segments of the group. This involved leading a team of global specialists to develop the products, solutions, software and services business with the strategic customers of the group. Prior to that, Mike held numerous roles in business leadership across the globe with Schneider Electric.

Having started out as a Global Sales Manager for Schneider Electric Motion Control Systems in Germany, he worked in China before being appointed to lead the secure power and datacentre business in the EMEA Zone based out of Paris in 2012. Overall, he has been involved in the IT and industrial automation business for over 25 years.

Rupert Lywood , CEO of Animatrix, London, UK

Rupert has spent 25 years founding and building businesses in the medical, energy, information, finance, and media sectors – including co-founding and chairing a multi-billion trans-European energy business, sold in 2007. Over his career Rupert has helped create over 40 start-ups, many of which have become large businesses, and he remains active in all these sectors.

Rupert is a chartered accountant who qualified with Robson Rhodes. Latterly he specialised in structured finance and venture capital.

Rupert is a keen sailor. He has taken part in and completed the ARCS transatlantic race in 2009 and 2014. Rupert is also a film producer, with one of his films winning an Academy Award in 2005.

Scott F. Meadow , Professor of VC at Chicago Booth, Chicago, IL, USA


Since 1982, Scott Meadow has been a principal investor in the venture capital industry. He is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Award and has held the position of Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2000 where he has taught over 10,000 students. He is the faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition and is also on the Advisory Board and Steering Committee of the Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago.

Scott has over 30 years’ experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group, and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains an Associate Partner. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as biotech companies and companies enhanced by the Internet and social media. Scott has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry, and is a testifying expert witness in a broad range of commercial disputes involving entrepreneurship.

Representative investments include Coventry Corporation, HEALTHSOUTH, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise International, Managed Health Network, Aspen Education Services, Seurat Therapeutics, Pathology Partners, Heritage Healthcare, MedPartners, The Sports Authority, CompUSA and Staples. Scott recently served on the board of directors of National Equipment Services (NASDAQ: NLEQ) during its emergence from Chapter 11 and Barrier Safe Systems. He has served on the Advisory Board of Invenergy, GenerationOne, Dais Corporation and Anka Associates, a private equity firm focused on Turkey.

Professor Meadow earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.