ABIE UK: Capital 2020 – Where the Smart Money Is: The New VC Playbook – 18 November 2020
Australia – United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
9:00 – 10:00 CEST
The tech game has changed. Increased scrutiny of big tech and growing awareness of social and environmental issues has led to a radically different set of business, consumer and investor expectations on what tech should deliver.
Purpose-led start-ups have gone mainstream, with commercial drivers including:
- Meeting millennial-driven market demand for transformative and sustainable solutions
- Capturing new markets via inclusive product design
- Building your brand power through a mission-based strategy
- Strengthening your business resilience and innovation through greater purpose and diversity.
Purpose and positive impact are new key metrics for ‘investability.’ Join us to hear from some of the UK’s leading venture investors on why purpose matters, how it’s measured and how entrepreneurs and start-ups should integrate it into their strategy and pitch from Day One.
About our speakers:
Francesca Warner, Partner, Ada Ventures
Francesca (known as Check) is one of the founding partners of Ada Ventures, a $34m seed venture capital fund investing in overlooked founders and overlooked markets. Ada Ventures is backed by a group of mission aligned investors, including founders of Europe’s biggest technology companies including TransferWise and Supercell. Ada Ventures is named after Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and mathematician, who was never recognised during the time she lived for what she contributed to the advancement of technology and science.
Francesca is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, a non-profit made up of interested individuals working in venture capital, who seek to increase diversity of thought in the venture and tech industry. She’s worked at Seraphim Capital, Downing Ventures and Techstars. She graduated from Cambridge and worked in advertising before joining the VC industry. Francesca was named 35 Under 35 in Management Today 2018 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2019.
Olivia Sibony, CEO, Seedtribe
Liv is an award-winning entrepreneur (Awarded Top 10 UK Women Entrepreneurs 2019 — Wise100 Top Women in Social Business) and trailblazing ethical investment champion who left a career at Goldman Sachs to launch her foodtech startup, GrubClub, which she sold to Eatwith in 2017. She went on to launch SeedTribe, a platform focused specifically on connecting “impactful” businesses marrying profit and purpose, with investors.
She is a Board member of UCL’s Fast Forward 2030, which aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch businesses that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as being Vicechair of the Mayor of London’s Women in Cleantech board. She also co-runs The Hot Breakfast which curates and hosts intimate early morning breakfast gatherings that connect great people across different disciplines and demographics in order to spark ideas and build networks that drive momentum for positive change. She’s recently also become an advisor for the UK Department for International Trade, enabling more impactul entrepreneurs from around the world to scale their businesses in the UK. She is a public speaker on topics linked to using business to build back better – both socially and environmentally -, access to finance, scaling startups and female entrepreneurship.
Liv is driven by the desire to see a world where all businesses marry profit and purpose; she feels that entrepreneurship and meaningful collaboration play a key part in achieving this goal.
Priya Guha, Venture Partner, Merian Ventures
Priya is a Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, investing in women-led innovation, a Member of the Innovate UK Council and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School. She was previously GM for RocketSpace, launching their UK operations. Priya used to be a career diplomat, most recently posted as British Consul General to San Francisco with previous assignments in India and Spain.
She is on the Althea Foundation Board and the Tech London Advocates Advisory Board. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Muse and is an Advisor to The Youth Group. Priya was named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the 3rd year running.
Steve Torso, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Wholesale Investor and CRIISP
Steve Torso is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wholesale Investor, Australasia’s leading private investment platform with over 29,300 high-net-worth investors, fund managers, family offices and industry participants. Knowledge gained through Wholesale Investor led to the development of CRIISP (Capital Raising Intelligent Investment Secondary Platform), an end-to-end SaaS platform for capital raising, secondary sales, and direct investment.
Andy Davis, President, 10×10 and Angel Investor, Atomico’s Angel Programme
Andy Davis is the President of 10×10, the UK’s group of Black founders and investors, a GP at 10×10 Fund, a pre-seed fund investing in Black founders, and an Angel Investor on Atomico’s Angel Programme.
Davis advises 10×10 members on topics such as hiring, fundraising, building products, and finding customers. He hosts weekly conversations with Black founders where he advises them on pitching for investment and negotiating terms and connects them with other investors.
Davis is spearheading efforts to make European investing more diverse and inclusive by raising awareness of underrepresentation, and providing financial, strategic, and networking support to Black founders.