Series A Forum

BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

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BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

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There has arguably never been a better time to be a UK-based entrepreneur. As of July 2019, we’ve seen more than £750 million in series A round investment in c.130 UK-headquartered companies alone (source: Dealroom.co). This adds up to an excellent environment for entrepreneurs to raise finance to scale.

Alongside our supporting partners, The UK Business Angels Association, Price Bailey and TLT LLP, we’ll be bringing together top-tier investors from across the angel and venture community and some of the most exciting and innovative UK entrepreneurial businesses in the process of scaling-up.

This forum will take attendees through the current landscape of Series A investing, and give those founders seeking a first institutional raise the tools required to push forward effectively on this journey. Hear from both experienced VC investors and founders on topics such as term sheet negotiations, the journey from angel to Series A, and how to stop chasing capital and start attracting it. The event will also play host to two pitch battles, aimed at both VCs and start-ups.

Agenda

14.00: Guest arrival and networking

14.30: Welcome address Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General, BVCA

14.35: Setting the scene Jenny Tooth, CEO, UK Business Angels Association

14.40: The European venture landscape Keynote presentation Brett Kaluza, Vice President – Customer Success, Pitchbook

14.50: The journey of an entrepreneur

Fireside chat

  • Jenny Tooth, CEO, UK Business Angels Association
  • Tugce Bulut, Founder & CEO, Streetbees

15.10: From angels to seed to Series A: who, how and when?

Panel discussion

  • Moderated by: Jon Gill, Partner TLT
  • Carmen Alfonso Rico, Principal, Samaipata
  • Kristina Lazurenko, Director, Conviction Investment Partners
  • Matt Pennycard, Partner, Ada Ventures
  • Rory Stirling, Partner, Connect Ventures

15.35: VC’s take to the stage

Reverse pitching

  • Carmen Alfonso Rico, Principal, Samaipata
  • Isabel Bescos, Investment Associate, Balderton Capital
  • Kristina Lazurenko, Director, Conviction Investment Partners
  • Matt Pennycard, Partner, Ada Ventures
  • Rory Stirling, Partner, Connect Ventures

15.50: Refreshment break

16.20: Start-up battle

Pitching

  • Olivia Higgs, COO & Co-founder, NAVA
  • Roy Shmeul, CEO & Founder, Sightec

16.35: Funding and venture capital: how to stop chasing capital & start attracting

Panel discussion

  • Moderator: Chand Chudasama, Partner, Price Bailey
  • Isabel Bescos, Investment Associate, Balderton Capital
  • Pip Jamieson, Founder & CEO, The Dots
  • Paul Murphy, Partner, Northzone
  • Scott Sage, Founding Partner, Crane.VC

17.00: VC’s take to the stage

Reverse pitching

  • Isabel Bescos, Investment Associate, Balderton Capital
  • Harry Briggs, Partner, OMERS Ventures
  • Camilla Dolan, Founding Partner, Eka Ventures
  • Itxaso del Palacio, Director, Notion Capital
  • Aman Ghei, Principal, Finch Capital
  • Paul Murphy, Partner, Northzone
  • Scott Sage, Founding Partner, Crane.VC

17.15: Start-up battle

Pitching

  • Peter Andersson, CMO, Togee
  • Maria Chatzou, CEO & Co-Founder, Lifebit
  • Riya Grover, CEO & Founder, Feedr

17.30: Term sheet negotiations – the foundation of your long-term VC partnership

Panel discussion

  • Moderated by: Aman Ghei, Principal, Finch Capital
  • Harry Briggs, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures
  • Chand Chudasama, Partner, Price Bailey
  • Itxaso del Palacio, Director, Notion Capital
  • Stuart Hearn, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Clear Review
  • Nina Searle, Partner, TLT

17.55: Closing remarks and pitch battle results Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General, BVCA

18.00: Networking reception

18.45: Close of event

Experts

Jenny Tooth

Jenny is the CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing. She is also co-founder and Director of Angel Capital Group, which provides services designed to improve investment readiness and access to early stage investment for small firms, and create...

Chand Chudasama

Chand is a Partner in the Strategic Corporate Finance team. He is based in the City of London and works across the practice. Chand and his team engineer how to grow the value and performance of ambitious corporates, funds and disrupters. They achieve this by raising, re-allocating and deploying c...

Leon de Bono

Leon de Bono is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working i...

Rory Stirling

Connect Ventures is a product-focused, seed stage venture capital firm based in London, investing across Europe. We are singularly focussed on investing in purpose-led founders, obsessed with solving hard problems at scale, by creating products and companies that people love. We are a low-vol...

Tugce Bulut

Tugce is passionate about the power of data and the positive change it can bring to the world. She is a published author and Master’s graduate from Cambridge, specialising in poverty alleviation and global living standards. Before founding Streetbees, she spent 6 years as a strategy consultant ad...

Jon Gill

Jon specialises in private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions, and leads TLT's private equity team. Jon has extensive M&A experience acting for international corporates on both acquisitions and strategic disposals. He also spent six months on secondment to Barclays Ventures, th...

Brett Kaluza

Brett Kaluza serves as the Vice President, Customer Success of PitchBook Data. Brett started at PitchBook Data in June of 2011. Brett currently resides in the Greater Seattle Area. Currently leading PitchBook's London office. Focused on growth and expansion in EMEA while also leading the global ...

Carmen Alfonso Rico

Carmen Alfonso Rico, Investor at Samaipata, looks for defensible, scalable marketplace businesses that have data-driven founders. In this episode of the Backstage, she explains all about Samaipata’s investment thesis and the factors that catch her attention in marketplaces. Carmen Alfonso Rico l...

Kristina Lazurenko

Experience Associate Director Company Name Conviction Investment Partners Limited Dates EmployedMar 2018 – Present Employment Duration1 yr 6 mos Location London, United Kingdom Conviction Investment Partners is a group of international HNW investors pursuing investment opportunities in post-r...

Matt Pennycard

Matt Penneycard isn’t your typical VC. After graduating from Durham University with a law degree and realising that he didn’t want to be a lawyer, Matt interned with a VC fund in the US, before joining Octopus Investments as one of their first hires in 2002. Apart from a brief stint in private e...

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