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BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Retail & Consumer Forum

Nov 8, 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom

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The BVCA’s Retail and Consumer forum will bring together investors, entrepreneurs and specialist advisers for a morning of interactive and informative discussion focused on the retail/consumer sector. From the effect of Brexit and economic uncertainty through to the relationship between consumer/brand and how environmentally responsible brands and green consumerism might drive future valuations speakers will provide cutting edge content and the latest thinking from the private equity and venture capital investment space. This forum is part of the BVCA’s member only Sector Series of events, which brings together industry to better understand what potential opportunities there may be for private equity and venture investors across the UK, Europe and globally.


08:30 – Registration and Networking

09:00 – Welcome

  • Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General & Director of Member Services, BVCA

09:10 – Consumer and retail market outlook

09:20 – CEO Interview – Dr Martens

  • Kenny Wilson, CEO, Dr Martens
  • Tara Alhadeff, Principal, Permira

09:40 – Where are we in the cycle for consumer and retail investing, and with Brexit as a backdrop?

With so much hinging on the Brexit deal and during a period of economic uncertainty, are investors withdrawing or is it simply a matter of picking carefully which opportunities to invest in?

  • Cheryl Potter, Head of Consumer, Permira
  • Kenny Wilson, CEO, Dr Martens

10:10 – CEO presentation – Swipii

  • Chitresh Sharma, CEO & Founder, Swipii

10:20 – Reinventing retail - how technology is changing the brand/consumer relationship and influencing investors’ appetite

The social/mobile internet has fundamentally changed the relationship between brands and consumers. While the consumer is smarter today with more choices, they are also more engaged. Seizing this engagement is the big opportunity for growth in a peer-to-brand-to-peer networked world.

  • Isabel Bescos, Associate, Balderton
  • Melis Kahya, Head of Consumer (EMEA), General Atlantic

10:50 – Coffee break

11:10 – Are LPs looking for sector-specific funds or simply best in class sector-focused teams to generate returns?

11:25 – CEO presentation

11:35 – How do innovative brands stay innovative Businesses need to address both their culture and capabilities when it comes to developing successful innovation, not just creativity. These can often be overlooked which is why it can be hard for some businesses to get new ideas to market.

  • Moderator: Chris Molloy, Founder, Brand Potential
  • Yasha Estraikh, Associate Partner, Piper PE

12:05 – CEO Presentation – Daye

Valentina Milanova, CEO & Founder, Daye

12:15 – CEO Presentation

12:25 – The rise of green consumerism, can ethics drive valuations?

  • Consumers are increasingly seeking environmentally responsible brands that promise health, safety and sustainability for the planet. This conscious shift in consumer attitudes has created new categories and has invigorated growth and innovation in existing categories. Entrepreneurs and brands should to be aware that a true commitment to a more sustainable environment impacts consumer decisions.

  • Jon Coker, Founding Partner, EKA Ventures

  • Valentina Milanova, CEO & Founder, Daye

12:55 – Closing remarks

13:00 – Lunch and Networking

Dress Code

Business attire

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Nov 8, 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom

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