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    Past Events

    • Female Founders Forum Roundtable III: The Pre-IPO Phase

      Thursday, June 30, 2016 Room U, Portcullis House, London

      Where our first two FFF Roundtables address early stage investments, the third will cover the pre-IPO phase – later stage investments (Series C+) and debt financing.

      As companies grow, they need access to greater capital either with additional rounds from venture firms, institutions, private equity or strategic partners. The private capital markets are heavily male-dominated, both in terms of who is allocating capital and the companies they choose to fund. While we are seeing an expanding number of organisations committed to investing in women entrepreneurs, the Roundtable will ask how promising women-led businesses can better promote themselves, and access the finance they need to achieve unicorn status.

      We will hear first hand from Forum members on their experiences of raising advanced investment to scale their businesses, and uncover the challenges that remain.

      Barclays
      The Female Founders Forum is sponsored by Barclays. Barclays has a 325-year history of backing pioneers in business and beyond, as well as helping provide solutions to the challenges facing business and society across the world. That’s why the bank has been delighted to help convene some of the country’s leading female entrepreneurs from business, media and politics, to discuss the challenges and solutions to starting and scaling up a business.

      Email philip@tenentrepreneurs.org to find out more.

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    • Parliamentary Snapshot 2016: Brexit Panel Event

      Thursday, June 16, 2016 BDB, London

      To coincide with the launch of our latest Parliamentary Snapshot, we will host a panel event on the potential impact of Brexit on entrepreneurs. This will be an opportunity to hear from experts and find out more about the potential impacts on your business.

      The Parliamentary Snapshot is an annual survey of entrepreneurs. It uncovers the views of MPs on policies impacting entrepreneurs, providing useful insights on the opinions and working knowledge of the House of Commons. It is sponsored by Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB).

      RSVP events@tenentrepreneurs.org

      Jacob Rees-Mogg was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset in May 2010, with a majority of 4,914 and was re-elected in May 2015 with an increased majority of 12,749. Being elected fulfilled his ambition to represent the Somerset parliamentary seat in which his family has lived for generations.

      Within Parliament, Jacob sits on the Treasury Select Committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, and associated public bodies, including the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. Between 2010 and 2015 Jacob sat on the Procedure committee which considers the practice and procedure of the House in the conduct of business and the European Scrutiny Committee which assesses the legal and political importance of each EU document, deciding which is debated within the House.

      After Eton Jacob read History at Trinity College Oxford, before moving into finance being based in Hong Kong and later moving back to London. He now runs his own company, Somerset Capital Management, which specialises in investment management for pension funds and charitable organisations.

      Raoul Ruparel is Co-Director at Open Europe. He is also a contributing author for Forbes, where he write on EU issues; the Eurozone crisis; central banking and macroeconomics. 

      Over the past years Raoul has been at the forefront of analysing crucial issues around Europe. He has led Open Europe’s research into the Eurozone crisis, helping to advise governments and corporations on how to deal with the crisis as well as the potential institutional and regulatory response. Raoul has been heavily involved in the economic and financial analysis of the evolving crisis in Ukraine, and the ensuing sanctions placed on Russia. He has also worked extensively on issues relating to EU trade and economic prosperity, as well as the economic impacts of hot political topics such as migration.

      On top of his regular articles for Forbes, Raoul is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media including, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and Sky as well as the FT, WSJ and the Times. Raoul holds two masters degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and politics from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining OE, Raoul gained work experience at financial firm Habibbank AG Zurich.

      Allie Renison leads on trade and EU policy at the Institute of Directors. She devises recommendations and represents the voice of members on EU reform matters, helping to provide the link between business and Government on increasing international trade. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

      She was previously Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU. Prior to that, she advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with a particular focus on trade and employment policy areas.

      Roland Smith is Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute. He brings an approach to Brexit that is internationalist and rooted in the classical liberal tradition. He has tracked the European Union and its inter-relationship with the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher’s last year in Downing Street and has an array of connections across the British Brexit movement.

      He blogs on the subject and has been prolific on Twitter since 2009. He tweets as @whitewednesday, named after 16th September 1992 when sterling was ejected from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. His first article for the Adam Smith Institute, ‘The Liberal Case for Leave’ generated great interest across the British political spectrum. He has also written for Civitas, Conservatives for Liberty, and the European Foundation.

      Outside UK and European politics, when not digging on an archaeological site, Roland is a Senior Programme Manager in the Technology Sector, specialising in internet infrastructure and business/technology change projects.

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    • Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Glen Calvert, Founder, Affectv

      Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Mishcon de Reya, 70 Kingsway London

      Highs and Lows: How to Meet the Challenge of Fast Growth

      Glen Calvert’s digital marketing company Affectv has created a technology platform that promises to deliver the ‘next generation’ of audience-targeting technology. By mapping complex user interactions across social media sites and platforms as opposed to just web search indexing, the firm can gain uniquely targeted insight into consumers.

      Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
      Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York, offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. The firm acts for businesses, wealth owners and dealmakers to help them make the right choices for their private capital and ventures and then offer the practical support to populate, grow and protect their assets.

      Mishcon de Reya is committed to helping nurture UK entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, the firm teamed up with City A.M., The Entrepreneurs Network and The Supper Club to create the Leap 100 list, which offers a window into the working life – and identifies the challenges facing – some of the UK’s most exciting, fast-growing companies.

      Mishcon de Reya is an enthusiastic sponsor of the Leap 100 Power Breakfasts: it is vital for entrepreneurs and business leaders – from across the UK – to discuss the current trends and challenges of successful growth.

      To enquire about how to attend Leap 100 Power Breakfasts, please email annabel@tenentrepreneurs.org

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    • Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Stephen Rapoport, Founder, Pact Coffee

      Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Stephen Rapoport, Founder, Pact Coffee

      Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Mishcon de Reya, 70 Kingsway London

      Lead With Your Mission

      Stephen Rapoport is a serial entrepreneur – having previously founded crashpadder.com (which was sold to Airbnb). Pact Coffee, a London-based startup aiming to revolutionise the coffee industry, was founded in 2012.

      Pact Coffee makes it easy to access fresh roasted coffee. Its coffee is shipped within 7 days of roasting – and is ground at the last moment – to make it easier to drink fresh coffee everyday. Through its Direct Trade relationships with farmers, it pays a higher price than Fairtrade for better quality coffee, and encourages the farmers it works with to invest in coffee quality and its people.

      Pact Coffee recently hit headlines after cancelling a crowdfunding campaign after raising £190,000 of a £1m target, but counts Robin Klein and MMC Ventures among its backers. It now aims to become a global brand and grow quickly, and will be financing again later in 2016.

      Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
      Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York, offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. The firm acts for businesses, wealth owners and dealmakers to help them make the right choices for their private capital and ventures and then offer the practical support to populate, grow and protect their assets.

      Mishcon de Reya is committed to helping nurture UK entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, the firm teamed up with City A.M., The Entrepreneurs Network and The Supper Club to create the Leap 100 list, which offers a window into the working life – and identifies the challenges facing – some of the UK’s most exciting, fast-growing companies.

      Mishcon de Reya is an enthusiastic sponsor of the Leap 100 Power Breakfasts: it is vital for entrepreneurs and business leaders – from across the UK – to discuss the current trends and challenges of successful growth.

      To enquire about how to attend Leap 100 Power Breakfasts, please email philip@tenentrepreneurs.org

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    • Female Founders Forum Roundtable II: From Seed to Series A

      Thursday, April 14, 2016 Octopus Investments, London

      Our first FFF Roundtable addressed initial capital – from bank lending to angel investing and alternative finance. We discussed the ways in which banks are finding new and innovative ways to help founders access capital, the need for more women angel investors, and the impact of crowdfunding (which has helped boost the number of female UK angels from around 3 per cent to 14 per cent).

      The second Roundtable will see us starting to climb the funding ladder – and address why female entrepreneurs are much less likely to use private equity or venture capital. Some women might potentially be more reluctant to hand chunks of their business over to investors, but this is also a supply-side issue. While the UK private equity industry is going from strength-to-strength (growing 3.6 per cent annually), male entrepreneurs are 86 per cent more likely to receive VC funding.

      Why is VC investment displaying a gender bias? Why are so few female entrepreneurs approaching these firms? We will hear first hand from Forum members on their experiences of raising seed and Series A finance to scale their businesses, and uncover the challenges that remain.

      Baroness Kramer
      Baroness (Susan) Kramer, Liberal Democrat Economic Spokesperson, former entrepreneur and FFF member will be giving introductory remarks at the event.

      Susan began her career in finance, rising to become a VP of Citibank in Chicago. After returning to the UK, Susan and her husband set up a number of partnerships including Future Water International and Infrastructure Capital Partners.

      In 2005, Susan was elected MP for her constituency of Richmond Park. During her time in the Commons she was in turn a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for International Development, Trade & Industry and Transport.

      Barclays
      The Female Founders Forum is sponsored by Barclays. Barclays has a 325-year history of backing pioneers in business and beyond, as well as helping provide solutions to the challenges facing business and society across the world. That’s why the bank has been delighted to help convene some of the country’s leading female entrepreneurs from business, media and politics, to discuss the challenges and solutions to starting and scaling up a business.

      The bank’s Head of SME and Corporate Lending, Rebecca McNeil, will be chairing the event.

      Email annabel@tenentrepreneurs.org to find out more.

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    • Female Founders Forum: Roundtable I

      Female Founders Forum: Roundtable I

      Thursday, January 21, 2016 Barclays Bank, London

      The first in our series of four roundtables will look at the challenges facing female founders wanting to raise initial capital to start up a business.

      Members of the Female Founders Forum include Kathryn Parsons (Decoded), Sara Murray (Buddi), Rita Sharma (Best At Travel), Emma Sinclair (Mission Capital), Laura Tenison MBE (JoJo Mamam Bebe), Debbie Wosskow (Love Home Swap), Gillian Nissim (Working Mums), Helen Hayes MP, Margot James MP and Harriett Baldwin MP. Over the course of 2016, we will connect these inspirational entrepreneurs with key figures from within the finance industry, journalists, politicians, and women-led businesses on the cusp of rapid growth.

      We will hear first hand from Forum members on their experiences of scaling a business and uncover the challenges that remain. In doing so, we will bridge the gap between future gazelles and angel investors, banks and venture capitalists, and produce reports to offer practical advice for ambitious female founders.

      The Female Founders Forum is sponsored by Barclays. Barclays has a 325-year history of backing pioneers in business and beyond, as well as helping provide solutions to the challenges facing business and society across the world. That’s why the bank has been delighted to help convene some of the country’s leading female entrepreneurs from business, media and politics, to discuss the challenges and solutions to starting and scaling up a business.

      Barclays recognises and celebrates that diversity of talent amongst its colleagues is the foundation of its success, and is proud that 51 per cent of its global group colleagues are female. Pioneering female colleagues from past and present has helped lead Barclays’ long-standing commitment to entrepreneurs seeking to establish and grow their businesses.

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