Events

    Past Events

    • 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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    • Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Sarah Wood, Co-Founder, Unruly

      Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Sarah Wood, Co-Founder, Unruly

      Thursday, December 3, 2015 Mishcon de Reya, London

      Trailblazing Women: The Challenges Facing Female Entrepreneurship

      Sarah Wood
      Sarah Wood co-founded video ad tech company Unruly in January 2006. It has since delivered over 5 billion views across 10,000+ campaigns to a global audience of 1.27 billion monthly unique users. It has won ‘Best Companies to Work For’ (Sunday Times), ‘Best Digital Ad Ops Team’ (AOP) and has been named as the UK’s no.2 Fastest Growing Tech Company (Deloitte). Sarah is currently an associate lecturer and course convenor at the University of Cambridge, and was formerly an American Studies lecturer at the University of Sussex.

      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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    • Recruiting International Talent

      Recruiting International Talent

      Thursday, December 3, 2015 The Entrepreneurs Network, London

      Recruiting International Talent: How Start-Ups & Scale-Ups Can Navigate Britain’s Visa Regime

      In survey after survey, finding the right talent is one of the most important issues for Britain’s business leaders. While better education and training may help plug the gap in the long term, skilled immigration is vital in the short term.

      While large companies can throw money, lawyers and HR directors at visa problems, start-ups and scale-ups are understandably daunted by the prospect of navigating the complex visa regime.

      This event is aimed principally at ambitious entrepreneurs looking to access talent from outside the EU. You’ll get an overview of the different visa options available; sponsorship licence and its costs and paperwork; and options for employers that can’t or don’t want to sponsor.

      Speakers
      Josephine Goube is director of partnerships at web portal Migreat, which helps migrants move and settle in Europe. Josephine leads the EU’s immigration experts group to advise on the reform of visa rules for foreign entrepreneurs in Europe and co-director of Girls in Tech.

      Jonathan Hendry is an immigration solicitor and founder of Hendry Associates. Jonathan is a Level 3 OISC adviser, with 14 years of experience specialising in immigration law.

      Zenia Chopra is the head of sales and marketing at Access Tier 5, which is part of AIESEC UK, the world’s largest youth-led organisation. Zenia is an immigration expert, speaking regularly at universities and conferences up and down the country about the Tier 5 visa route.

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    • Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Alick Varma, Co-Founder, Osper

      Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Alick Varma, Co-Founder, Osper

      Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Mishcon de Reya, London

      Impact Entrepreneurship: Creating Value for the Company and the Wider Community

      Alick Varma
      Alick Varma founded Osper in 2012 with the aim of helping children learn how to manage money at an early age. Using a secure, dual-controlled app, the company allows parents to safely and gradually transfer responsibility for money to their children.

 The app is linked to a prepaid card, supported by Mastercard, through which young people, aged 8 – 18, make their own spending and saving decisions: online, in shops, at cash machines and abroad. Alick previously worked at McKinsey and Spotify, and also trained to be a maths teacher.

      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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    • Regional Voices: Yorkshire

      Regional Voices: Yorkshire

      Thursday, November 26, 2015 PwC, Benson House, Leeds

      Regional Voices
      Regional Voices will look at the key issues facing British entrepreneurs today across key regions of Britain. This roundtable will open to around 12 leading entrepreneurs from the region, who will help inform The Entrepreneurs Network and the BIS Select Committee in its priorities in ensuring entrepreneurs are able to flourish in Yorkshire.

      Iain Wright MP
      Iain Wright is the Chair of the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee. Since entering Parliament, Iain has been a member of the Public Accounts and Modernisation Standing Committees (2007), and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a health minister (2005-06). He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the department of Communities and Local Government in June 2007. In 2009 he moved to the Department of Children, Schools and Families as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships. Iain is an Adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network

      Sponsored by PwC
      PwC is founded on a culture of partnership with a strong commercial focus. This is reflected in its vision: “One firm – a powerhouse of a commercial enterprise that does the right thing for our clients, our people and our communities.” Its goal is to build the iconic professional services firm, always front of mind, because we aim to be the best. We set the standard and we drive the agenda for our profession.

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