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 Downing Ventures: From seed to Series A, what makes an investable deal?

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Will Orde is an investor with Downing Ventures, a leading VC firm, looking to back excellent entrepreneurs based in the UK, with the potential to build world class businesses. They have supported over 60 businesses, investing some £90 million in early-stage businesses.

What Downing Ventures invests in…
They invest in tech-enabled brands, online marketplaces, fintech, insurtech and ledger tech. They seek to invest from £250k to £5m per company, investing in both seed-stage deals and Series A deals, and then look to continue to support those companies through phases of subsequent growth. Fundamentally, they aim to be supportive and helpful investors.

Downing Ventures portfolio includes…
Recent investments include Trouva, Funding Xchange, FundamentalVR, E-Fundamentals, Hummingbird Technologies, Invizius, Spirable, and Papier, to name a few.

The dinner conversation will be…
Downing Ventures look for visionary entrepreneurs with the ability to execute as well as dream! On the night Will will be talking about:
✓ From seed to Series A, what makes for an investable deal?
✓ Tips for successfully approaching an investor or VC firm.
✓ Post investment – what you should expect from your investors.
✓ The business verticals that will be popular for investors in 2020.
✓ What we look for at Downings Ventures.

Who is Will Orde?
Will Orde is a Venture Capital investor with Downing Ventures, looking to back excellent entrepreneurs based in the UK and with the potential to build world class businesses. Will joined Downing in September 2019 as a Principal in their Ventures team. He focuses on backing early-stage companies building tech-enabled brands, online marketplaces and fintech 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.

Dine with CEO of Green Angel Syndicate: investing in early stage technologies in the green economy

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Nick Lyth is co-founder and CEO of Green Angel Syndicate, the only angel investment syndicate in the UK specialising in the fight against Climate Change and Global Warming.

What Green Angel Syndicate invests in…
Green Angel Syndicate was created to make investments in early stage technologies, processes and installations in the Green Economy. The syndicate invests in early stage, innovative technology companies that are seeking to improve the way we use resources – energy, water and the wider transition to a greener economy – sustainable transport, smart cities. Typically they invest £150-500,000, often participating with other investors, and they can act as lead investor or in a supporting role in a larger group.

portfolio Includes…
Smile Plastics, AirEx, BuyMeOnce, NatureMetrics, Entomics, Zeigo, Betterpoints, Swytch Technology, Piclo, to name a few.

The dinner conversation will be…
Whilst Green Angel Syndicate want to invest in companies which have a positive impact, every single business they back must have the objective of delivering good returns to investors. With this in mind, Nick Lyth will be talking about:
✓ Investing in the green economy.
✓ Commercialising green innovation.
✓ The importance of understanding your market and its scalability.
✓ What Green Angel Syndicate look for in investable deal flow.
✓ Tech trends that will impact the green economy in 2020 and beyond.

Who is Nick Lyth?
Nick Lyth is co-founder and manager of Green Angel Syndicate (GAS), the only angel investment syndicate in the UK specialising in the fight against Climate Change and Global Warming. He is responsible for finding and selecting the companies in which the syndicate invests, as well as business development for the syndicate. Prior to GAS, Nick founded, developed and managed International Resources and Recycling Institute, which specialised in applied research, working in European partnership projects exploring innovations in renewable energy, water management, sustainable transport, waste and recycling, and other areas of resource use.

 

Dine with Europe’s First VC for Female Founders Voulez Capital: investing in outstanding female founders

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Clementine Anguera is an Investor at Voulez Capital, Europe’s First VC fund for female founders, providing Seed and Series A capital for growth businesses. They invest only in companies with at least one female founder or co-founder.

What Voulez Capital invests in…
Voulez Capital invests in exceptional management teams which include at least one female founder, businesses focused on less traditionally feminine sectors, such as energy and sustainability, technology (SaaS, IoT, data, etc.), market places, manufacturing, engineering, product design, healthcare, and education. They also invest in outstanding products and services aimed at improving women’s (and family’s) lives, such as women’s health, things that enable better work-life balance, easier, more effective, more convenient and less gender biased childcare and education. They like companies tackling the larger challenges facing our society and our planet.

portfolio Includes…
A relatively new VC firm already raising their second fund, they have so far invested in Thefemedic, 9plus1, EVRELAB.

The dinner conversation will be…
Voulez Capital have an outstanding global network of venture partners, advisors and industry experts supporting them and their portfolio companies, from around the world. With this in mind, this is a great time to meet with Clementine who will be sharing all on:
✓ Investing in outstanding female founders – what we look for!
✓ Getting your customer proposition spot on.
✓ Creating a management team aligned around the same roadmap.
✓ Voulez Capital, their plans and when they invest.

Who is Clementine Anguera?
Clementine Anguera is an Investor at Voulez Capital. She has 15 years’ experience in the energy sector running successful international projects of up to £10M. Her operating experience includes leadership roles for teams ranging from 45 to 100 people where she was focusing on growing the business and implementing digital solutions to improve processes and customer experience. Clementine has an executive MBA from the London Business School and an MSc in mechanical engineering from INSA Toulouse.

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.

Dine with Managing Director of Round Hill Ventures: raising investment for proptech and real-estate tech

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Arnie Sriskandarajah is Managing Director of Round Hill Ventures, a leading pan-European proptech venture capital firm. He is an investor and entrepreneur, featured as one of the most influential people in the UK tech industry. Round Hill Ventures was incubated by Round Hill Capital, a multinational real estate investment and private equity firm, with the aim to capitalise on the impact of technology in the built world. As such the VC has been in the unique position of driving the collaboration between some of the largest traditional real estate operators and earlier stage tech companies.

What Round Hill Ventures invests in…
Round Hill Ventures invest from late seed to Series B rounds as lead or co-investors. Round Hill Ventures typically invest between £500k to £8m and in the first 3 years of the fund, made 15 investments.

Round Hill Ventures portfolio includes…
Spacemaker AI, Wunderflats, SenSat, Plentific, Airlite, Casafari, Brick Lane, AllMyHomes, REalyse, HandsHQ, UniLodgers, Factory, Myo, Canopy.

The dinner conversation will be…
As a leading and well respected VC tech investor and unicorn builder (HelloFresh), this is a great opportunity to hear insights directly from Sriskandarajah on:

✓ What makes a scalable proptech business.
✓How to choose the right investors and what is considered an investable deal to Round Hill Ventures?
✓ Key lessons learnt from 10 years of being at the forefront of the investment industry.
✓ Tech trends that will further impact the property and real-estate sectors including ESG and the need for cross-actor collaboration.

Who is Arnie Sriskandarajah?
Arnie Sriskandarajah is the Managing Director of Round Hill Ventures, the leading pan-European VC firm, investing in businesses which reshape the built environment through technology. Arnie was appointed as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence to the European Commission and has 10 years of venture capital experience. Throughout his career, he has served as CSO of The Collective (co-living & co-working) and co-founded a seed investment fund (The Elevator).Prior to joining Round Hill Ventures, Arnie was an Investment Director at Capital & Counties Properties PLC, leading their technology strategy and investments. Arnie has been featured on toplists such as Forbes 30 under 30 and 100 and Wired’s 100 Most Influential People in Technology list.

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.

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

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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.

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 MD for Joyance Partners Europe: investing in health & happiness technology

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Paolo Pio is Managing Director for Joyance Partners Europe, the first VC fund to focus on the technological vectors of happiness. Joyance invest at the intersection of health and happiness, focusing on how science and technology can help individuals moving toward greater health, confidence, calm, and the absence of pain and anxiety.

What Joyance Partners Europe invests in…
Europe has the deep science, educational richness, entrepreneurial infrastructure, and societal perspective to become a central source for companies globally that leverage science from genetics, bio, neuro, microbiome, VR/AR, next gen consumer goods, food, and robotics to help individuals experience delightful moments – those small quanta of time that brings greater joy, confidence, calm, control, absence of anxiety or pain. Joyance invest from the earliest stages, through to series A rounds in companies that can deliver those delightful moments!

Joyance Partners Europe portfolio Includes…
Recent portfolio investments included Sigrid Therapeutics, Figur8, Wynd Technologies, Osmosis, Finless Foods, Mixlab, Toybox, Paradromics, to name a few!

The dinner conversation will be…
From the life sciences, consumer products, immersive experiences, through to market based education, Paolo is interested in technology startups who are focused on developing and delivering delightful moments and at scale. Paolo will be sharing all on:
✓ Why invest in health and happiness technology.
✓ How science and tech can help society move towards greater health and the absence of pain and anxiety.
✓ Future tech trends that will further impact on the health and happiness sectors.
✓ Key lessons learnt from the Joyance portfolio to date.

Who is Paolo Pio?
Paolo Pio is the Managing Director for Joyance Partners Europe, the first VC fund to focus on the technological vectors of Happiness. Working with universities, government organizations, accelerators, angel networks and venture funds, Joyance are tasked with uncovering Europe’s future powerhouses at driving the transformation of individual health and happiness.

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.

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

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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 Investment Director at Wharton Asset Management Company: investing from pre-seed to series B and pre-IPO

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Eva Tarasova, Investment Director at Wharton Asset Management Company, a private single family office established in London in 1992. Wharton AM looks after a diversified direct global venture capital and private equity portfolio, with their current portfolio spread across the US, Canada, Africa, Europe and all the way to Pakistan.

What Wharton Asset Management Company invests in… 
Wharton AM investments in sectors ranging from highly innovative healthcare, biotech and high tech (particularly AI), to more traditional consumer goods as well infrastructure. The firm has four major strategies: founding/incubating, investing from pre-seed to series B and pre-IPO as well traditional private equity on MBO, LBO and infrastructure projects.

Wharton Asset Management Company portfolio Includes… 
As part of their in-house incubation/founding program, in the last 3 years team at Wharton has founded and funded a number of startups in sectors such as fintech, security and life sciences. Their portfolio comprises over 60 companies including Simba sleep, superawesome, Rexgenero and medisieve.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Eva is responsible for sourcing deal flow at Wharton AM, so this is a perfect opportunity to meet with Eva who will be talking about:
✓ Investing from pre-seed to series B and pre-IPO.
✓ Finding investable deal flow.
✓ How a startup should successfully connect with an investor.
✓ Key lessons learnt from working with their investment portfolio.
✓ Reason why your startup will not be investable.

Who is Eva Tarasova? 
Eva Tarasova is the Communications and Investment Director at Wharton Asset Management Company, a private single family office. Eva leads cross sector origination, analysis and development of investment opportunities. Eva works with the principal to source and execute investment opportunities with investment sizes ranging from 500k to 20m, works to enhance revenue on existing investments, and engages with private equity, venture capital and other family offices sourcing deal flow, fundraising and developing co-investments opportunities.

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.