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

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
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

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.

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 Angel Investor, Peter O’Shea: secure the right investors for your tech business

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Peter O’Shea is a serial angel investor, a former MD at Morgan Stanley and seasoned entrepreneur! Peter has a wealth of professional experience including a 10 year career at Morgan Stanley’s London office, where he built a foreign exchange and currency derivatives business and was a Managing Director. Peter has a portfolio of early-stage investments in tech companies such as Transferwise, N26, Acunu (bought by Apple), SteelEye, Breather, Stash Invest, Qonto, Cluno, Base4, Organox to name just a few! On the night, Peter will be sharing all on finding the right investors for your tech business.

The dinner conversation will be… 
With a focus on tech investments, this is a great time to meet with and learn from Peter, to leave with ideas and inspiration for your own business, as well as the opportunity to speak to others facing similar industry challenges and opportunities as you chat informally over dinner. Peter will be talking about
✓ Finding the right investor/s for your tech business.
✓ How to present your investment proposition
✓ When to walk away from a potential investor.
✓ What you should expect from an investor long term.
✓ Learnings from hands-on experience with startups

Who is Peter O’Shea? 
Peter O’Shea is a serial angel investor, previously an MD at Morgan Stanley, and a seasoned entrepreneur! Although Peter’s professional career was in global capital markets, he is a very experienced investor in early-stage ventures, has had hands-on experience at startups and has long been committed to the transformative impact of innovation. He has significant portfolio of tech investments.

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 Matthew Bradley, Investment Partner at Forward Partners: the formula for pre-seed & seed success

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Matthew Bradley is Investment Partner at Forward Partners, one of the UK’s leading, largest, and most innovative early-stage VC firms. Forward Partners have supported over 50 fast growth startups to build great products and drive faster growth.

What invest in… 
Forward Partners invest in the UK’s most exciting tech startups and at the earliest possible stage. Investments typically range from pre-seed, seed, to Series A and beyond.

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

The dinner conversation will be… 
Matthew has a wealth of experience in the VC industry and is passionate about Forward Partners being the best partner for entrepreneurs. At Forward Partners, Matt splits his time between investments and working across the portfolio, so this is a great opportunity to hear from Matt who will share all on:
✓ Tips for closing your investment round successfully – and fast!
✓ What criteria they apply to find the most exciting tech startups.
✓ The importance of getting to market quickly and with the right product.
✓ Key lessons learnt from the Forward Partners portfolio.
Take this chance to meet with Matthew, get 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 has been at Forward Partners since 2014, focusing on supporting pre-seed to seed level startups and recently became a Partner to the firm. Forward Partners have to date, partnered with 50 visionary tech startups, ranging from fashion, fintech, food to legal and luxury. Matt has 12 years of experience in financial services working at investment banks and venture capital firms.

Dine with Angel Investor, Chris Mairs: investing in AI and deep tech

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Chris Mairs is a prolific angel investor and Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First. Chris has made over 85 predominantly deep tech investments since 2012 and is a leading entrepreneur. He was a co-founder and CTO of Metaswitch Networks, including a period working in Silicon Valley. He was chairman of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150m. Chris is always on the hunt for disruptive tech startups and will be talking about investing in AI and Deep Tech ventures.

Chris’ Investment portfolio Includes… 
Recent investments in Kheiron Medical, Proportunity, AimBrain, Tractable, Phoelex, CloudNC, GTN and Flyt, to name a few.

This dinner is perfect for… 
Startup founders and management level at tech startups.

The dinner conversation will be… 
With a wealth of angel investment experience and a successful entrepreneurship and management background, Chris is ideally placed to share advice and knowledge with fellow tech peers and founders. Chris will be speaking about:
✓ Investing in AI and deep tech.
✓ Working in technology – the key mistakes that he has seen a wealth of tech startups make.
✓ What he looks for as an investor and the key telltale signs that will stop an investment.
✓ How to successfully reach out to an investor.
✓ Future tech trends to watch out for!

Who is Chris Mairs? 
Chris is a Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First and a prolific angel investor, having made over 85 predominantly deep tech investments since 2012. He was a co-founder and CTO of Metaswitch Networks, including a period working in Silicon Valley. He was also chairman of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150M.

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 Managing Partner of QVentures: Finding the right investors for your business

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Robert Walsh is Managing Partner of 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, HNWs 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. Robert will be talking about how you can find the right investors for your business.

What do they invest 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). They also have an SEIS fund investing up to £150k in very early stage businesses.

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… 
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 Robert Walsh, Managing Partner of QVentures. Robert will be talking about:
✓ Finding the right investors for your business.
✓ The process of investment, from initial contact, to due diligence and deal closing.
✓ The key attributes your business will need to be investor ready.
✓ Mistakes to avoid when pitching your business for investment.
✓ Key success stories from QVentures – and when they invest.

Who is Robert Walsh? 
Robert Walsh is Managing Partner of QVentures, one of the most active communities of sophisticated investors from around the world. Robert is responsible for running the day to day operation, including company strategy, business development, partnerships, senior level relationships and making sure the team has the resources it needs to help the business achieve its goals. He is also a member of the Board.

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.

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