Dine with Matthew Bradley, Partner at Forward Partners: your first big round

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Matthew Bradley is an Partner at Forward Partners, one of the UK’s leading, largest, and most innovative early-stage VC firms.

What invest in…
They look to build the UK’s next generation of Applied AI, e-commerce and marketplace businesses, with investments typically ranging from £300k up to £2m, at a pre-seed to seed level.

Their Investment Portfolio Includes…
Their portfolio includes well-known tech businesses such as Gravity Sketch, Live Better With, Koru Kids, Appear Here, Wonderbly, Lexoo, Makers Academy, Hailo, Big Health and Drover to name just a few.

The dinner conversation will be…
Matthew has a wealth of experience in the venture capital industry making him perfectly placed to share all on:
✓ The best routes, tactics and strategies to fund your early stage business.
✓ What a VC looks for from a potential investment deal.
✓ What a tech startup should look for from a prospective investment partner.
✓ What Forward Partners looks for when it invests.
Take this chance to meet Matthew, have a clearer understanding of what it takes to successfully raise investment and to talk to him and your fellow diners informally over dinner about what you’re working on.

Who is Matthew Bradley?
Matthew Bradley is a Partner at Forward Partners and heads up the investment team there. Forward Partners have to date, partnered with 60 visionary startups, ranging from fashion, fintech & Immersive Tech to legal & luxury.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

Dine with Eze Vidra, Managing Partner of Remagine Ventures: investing in Entertainment tech

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Eze Vidra is co-founder and Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage investments at the intersections of entertainment, sports, commerce and data. Previously, he was a General Partner at Google Ventures (GV), Alphabet’s venture capital arm, the European head of Google for Entrepreneurs and the founding head of Campus London. Remagine Ventures has now completed $35m in funding from a number of entertainment and media corporations, including Axel Springer and ProSiebenSat.1, Japanese Adways and American Liontree LLC. Last year global media group Sky put $4 million into the fund as part of the launch of its new innovation office in Berlin.

What Remagine Ventures invests in…
Remagine Ventures is a relatively new European VC fund that focuses on investments in entertainment tech, including AI, gaming, sports and eSports, AR/VR, consumer and commerce.

portfolio Includes…
To date, Remagine Ventures has invested in six entertainment startups, including: Minute Media, a user-generated content platform for sports; Syte.ai, a visual search startup; Novos, a gamer training platform; HourOne, which operates in the world of synthetic media; Vault-ai.com, predictive analytics for film and television; and Madskil, an eSports company in stealth.

The dinner conversation will be…
Eze mentors and participates in various professional organizations in New York, London and Silicon Valley including SeedCamp, Bethnal Green Ventures, Oxygen, Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, Entrepreneur First. He’s a frequent public speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship. Now as Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures, this is the perfect time to hear from Eze who will be talking about:
✓ Investing in AI, gaming, sports and esports, AR/VR, consumer and commerce.
✓ The benefits of collaborating with corporate partners in the entertainment sector.
✓ Why your startup team is important.
✓ Why Remagine Ventures like to meet and invest in startups early.

Who is Eze Vidra?
Eze is co-founder and Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures. Previously, he was a General Partner at Google Ventures, Alphabet’s venture capital arm, the European head of Google for Entrepreneurs and the founding head of Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups, now available in 7 countries and 30 partner hubs. While at Google, Eze helped launch Google Shopping, Local Shopping, and Google Wallet in various European markets. Before joining Google, Eze held product management leadership roles at Shopping.com, Gerson Lehrman Group, Ask.com and AOL Europe.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.

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Dine with founder of Fitch Brew: coffee, crowdfunding and building a successful challenger brand

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Emily Fitch-Deeley is founder of FITCH, a UK-based soft drinks brewery launched in June 2017 with one simple mission; to challenge traditional perceptions about what can be done within soft drinks. The 7 strong range of coffees and now teas really push boundaries and explore new flavours and concepts within these two traditional and stagnant markets. FITCH raised £148.3k in an equity crowdfunding round raised in 2017 to launch the business – in just 29 hours! On the night, Emily will be sharing all on the art of crowdfunding as well as launching and growing a successful challenger FMCG brand.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Emily spent 10 years working in the drinks industry prior to Fitch, so understands both the food and drinks industry and the personal and professional requirements needed to take that risk and start your own brand! Take this opportunity to hear from Emily who will be talking about:
✓ Launching and growing a successful challenger brand.
✓ Using an equity crowdfunding round to launch your business.
✓ The art of crowdfunding.
✓ Marketing your challenger brand and creating a marketing strategy that drives success.

Who is Emily Fitch-Deeley? 
Emily Fitch-Deeley is the founder of Fitch Brew, a UK-based coffee brewery launched in June 2017 with one simple mission; to challenge the way people see and drink coffee. After becoming obsessed with Cold Brew coffee during a trip to the US, Emily knew this was a category she wanted to explore back in the UK. As soon as she landed back at Heathrow, she quit her job and FITCH was born. To get the business going Emily took to crowdfunding with Crowdcube and in a mere 29 hours the capital was raised to launch the business, and she closed the round.

Dine with Investment Director at QVentures: How to successfully raise investment

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Toby Fenwicke-Clennell is Investment Director at QVentures, one of the most active communities of sophisticated investors from around the world. The membership consists of a unique group of some of the most renowned and influential Angel Investors, HNWIs and Family Offices in the market. The calibre of QVentures membership attracts some of the most promising entrepreneurs, with the team reviewing on average 100 new deals per month. With a community of over 800 vetted and qualified investors from 21 different countries and a strong network of portfolio companies, this is a great opportunity to meet with and learn from Toby who will be talking about how to successfully raise investment for your business.

What QVentures invests in… 
QVentures is sector agnostic community of sophisticated investors targeting post seed to series A companies based in the UK and EEA, targeting raise amounts between £1m – 5m. They partner with the Quintessentially Group, one of the world’s largest networks of engaged High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs).

QVentures Investment portfolio Includes… 
Recent investments include; Pass the Keys, Classlist.com, Coconut, Go Instore, The Foraging Fox, Rise Art, TalentPool, Mayku, City Pantry.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Toby’s responsibilities at QVentures includes sourcing potential investments, so this is a perfect opportunity to meet with Toby who will be talking about:
✓ How to successfully raise investment.
✓ How and where do investors typically source potential deal flow.
✓ Common traits that will rule your business out of investment.
✓ What information you must include in your initial investment pitch!
✓ From Pass the Keys, Classlist to Coconut – key lessons learnt from investing in disruptive startups.

Who is Toby Fenwicke-Clennell? 
Toby is the Investment Director at QVentures and runs deal origination for the company. In addition to managing the origination team, his responsibilities include sourcing and qualifying potential investments, business development and representing QVentures at 3rd party events. Prior to joining QVentures, Toby worked in corporate finance before, most recently, taking on the role of Investment Manager for UHNWIs across the globe specialising in the facilitation of foreign direct investment into small UK businesses. Toby holds a BA Hons, Business Management degree from Newcastle University.

Dine with Investment Manager at Burda Principal Investments: fundraising for consumer tech

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Thomas Juvin is Investment Manager at Burda Principal Investments, a division of Hubert Burda Media, that provides long term growth equity for fast growing digital technology and media companies. Burda Principal Investments have invested in a portfolio of highly successful consumer internet companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia and in the past, Hubert Burda Media has invested in internet platforms such as Etsy, zooplus, HolidayCheck, or Xing AG.

What they invest in… 
Burda Principal Investments have invested in a portfolio of highly successful consumer internet companies in Europe, the US and Asia. They focus on investing in eCommerce and marketplace ventures.

Burda Principal Investments portfolio Includes… 
Their current portfolio includes the likes of Zilingo, Vinted, Skillshare, Baublebar, M.Gemi, Notonthehighstreet, Bloom & Wild, Carsome and Wait What.

The dinner conversation will be… 
As a dedicated and highly experienced investment professional, Thomas is always keen to meet with eCommerce and marketplace ventures, visionary entrepreneurs, and to offer advice and opinion to the wider startup community. Thomas will be speaking about:
✓ How Burda have built a strong track record in internet-centric businesses.
✓ The typical traits that make a consumer internet company successful.
✓ Mistakes that eCommerce and marketplace ventures often make.
✓ Future tech trends that will impact on the eCommerce and marketplace tech sector.
✓ What Burda Principal Investments look for when investing in a tech company.

Who is Thomas Juvin? 
Thomas joined Burda in 2017 and is now an Investment Manager of Burda Principal Investments. He previously spent four years in the investment banking division of Nomura in London, advising on a variety of M&A and capital market transactions within the consumer & retail sectors. His earlier experience includes positions at Apax Partners and Deloitte in Paris. Thomas holds an MSc in Management from EMLyon Business School.

Dine with co-founder of Angels Den: raising capital through angel investors

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Bill Morrow is co-founder of Europe’s largest angel network, Angels Den, an online investment platform where angel investors and experienced business people invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Bill Morrow co-founded Angels Den in 2007 and Angels Den has proved to be highly successful, with over 90% of their funded deals still in business. Bill will be sharing all on raising capital through angel investors.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Bill has been creating, building and selling business for the last 25 years and can be often found travelling the world sharing the Angels Den vision and evangelising about the right way to raise funding. Bill will be sharing all on:
✓ Why consider raising capital through angel investors.
✓ The value lead-investors can add to your business.
✓ The criteria angel investors will typically apply, when looking at investable deals.
✓ Some of Angels Den successful raises and their stories.

Who is Bill Morrow? 
Bill Morrow is the co-founder of Europe’s largest angel network, Angels Den an online investment platform where angel investors and experienced business people invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Bill has been named the world’s most influential person in alternative finance by City AM and since founding Angels Den in 2007, has helped to change the rules on angel investing, leading the way in making investment truly accessible to great businesses.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.

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