08:30 – 9:15
THE IMPACT OF ANGEL INVESTING IN 2017: PRESENTING THE RESULTS OF THE UKBAA-BRITISH BUSINESS BANK RESEARCH
MATT ADEY Director of Economics, British Business Bank
Hear about the key findings from the biggest survey ever of individual investors in the UK Angel market. What is the landscape of angel investing in 2017? Where are angels investing and what are their expectations of growth and returns? What are the key trends and focus of angel investors and what challenges do angels identify for the market in the year ahead?
PATIENT ANGEL CAPITAL? WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS FOR ANGEL INVESTORS IN TAKING BUSINESSES FROM START-UP TO SUCCESSFUL HIGH GROWTH HERE IN THE UK?
Hear from leading angel investors across the UK about their approach to patient capital in growing their portfolio businesses and helping them to access growth finance. Can we avoid the cliff edges in moving through the various finance stages? What are the opportunities and challenges for liquidity for angel investors along the growth journey and what more can be done in the marketplace?
MEGANNE HOUGHTON BERRY UK Angel of the Year 2017-18
MICHAEL BLAKEY Tech Angel Investor, Avonmore Developments
SIMON THORPE Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Capital, UK Angel of the Year 2016-17
KATIE LEVITAN JamJar Investments
NELSON GRAY Angel Investor, LINC Scotland
CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR LONG TERM GROWTH CAPITAL FOR THE UK
KEITH MORGAN CEO, British Business Bank
Following the results of the consultations on the Industrial Strategy, the Patient Capital review, and the Chancellor’s budget announcements, hear about the role for BBB in funding long term growth of UK’s businesses going forward and addressing the implications of the loss of EU funding post Brexit – and what are the opportunities for the angel and early stage community.
11.50 PANEL DISCUSSION
DO WE HAVE THE INVESTMENT CAPACITY TO BACK THE UK’S HIGH GROWTH ENTREPRENEURS – AND WHAT MORE IS NEEDED TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE ECOSYSTEM?
Leading players from the investment community will debate the challenges in addressing the continuing gap in available size of UK Venture Funds compared to the US. How can we address the funding needs of our leading entrepreneurs to enable them to achieve their high growth potential here in the UK? What new funding developments and models are emerging to address these gaps?
KEITH TEARE Chair, Accelerated Digital Ventures
PAUL TSELENTIS CEO, 24Haymarket
SIMON COOK Co-Founder, Draper Esprit
CHARLIE WINWARD Investment Director, NVM Private Equity
MODERATOR: TIM HAMES Director General, BVCA
NEW STRATEGIES FOR BACKING THE UK’S LEADING INNOVATORS
DR RUTH MCKERNAN CEO, Innovate UK
Hear about the new initiatives being taken forward by Innovate UK to support the UK’s leading areas of innovation through the new Industrial Challenges Funds. Gain insights about opportunities to engage with the new funding models for commercialisation of research and technological development through the new Innovate UK loan funds and the new investment accelerator co-investment model, as well as plans for the 2018 launch of the new UKRI.
LESSONS FROM SILICON VALLEY IN BUILDING A HIGH GROWTH TECH ECOSYSTEM FOR THE UK
PRIYA GUHA Head of Ecosystems, Rocketspace UK
Priya will bring her insights from her time as Diplomat in San Francisco working with leading tech investors and entrepreneurs in the Valley to identify what we can learn about building an effective ecosystem to provide long term support and investment to scaling businesses here in the UK .
DO OTHER CAPITAL PROVIDERS SEE EACH OTHERS’ MOTIVATIONS IN THE SAME WAY THEY SEE THEMSELVES? HOW CAN INTERESTS AND OUTLOOK OF DIFFERENT INVESTORS BE ALIGNED BETTER WITH THE COMPANY’S?
VC’s, Entrepreneur’s, Angel investors and Accelerator’s debate the benefits and challenges that different types of early stage investors bring to the table? Do other capital providers see each others’ motivations in the same way they see themselves? How can interests and outlook of different investors be aligned better with the company’s?
SUZANNE ASHMAN Partner, Local Globe
JOE LUDLOW Chief Investment Officer, Bethnal Green Ventures
JAMIE DRUITT CEO, Talk Life
PETER COWLEY Chair, Cambridge Angels and Martlet Angel Capital
THE ROLE OF CAPITAL MARKETS IN BUILDING LONG TERM GROWTH BUSINESSES – CAN WE CREATE A BETTER PATHWAY TO IPO FOR ANGEL-BACKED BUSINESSES?
MARCUS STUTTARD Head of AIM and Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
Hear about the role that AIM and the Primary markets are playing in the financing ecosystem for long term growth for UK entrepreneurs, and see what support is available to angel-backed businesses to increase their potential for successful scale-up and accessing the public markets.
15:20 PANEL DISCUSSION
WHAT ROLE SHOULD CORPORATES PLAY IN SUPPORTING LONG TERM GROWTH FOR THE UK’S MARKET DISRUPTORS
Players from leading corporates will discuss their approach in supporting innovation and increasing the potential for successful growth in key sectors, and share the added value that they bring alongside angel and early stage investors.
SEBASTIAN PECK Head of InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover
GARY PARNELL EMEA Director, SAP
ANDREW REAR Chief Executive, Digital Partners, Munich RE
THE JOURNEY OF A HIGH GROWTH ENTREPRENEUR FROM START-UP TO EXIT
JON REYNOLDS Founder and ex-CEO, Swiftkey
Jon will reveal his insights on the challenges for founders in successfully growing their AI tech business and accessing the finance they need at key stages of development. The talk will also cover how SwiftKey successfully drew upon angel and several rounds of VC until achieving exit in 2016.
16:10 PANEL DISCUSSION
CREATING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR BACKING HIGH GROWTH ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS THE UK’S REGIONS
With nearly 60% of equity investment being focused on London and the South East, what initiatives are being developed around our regions to increase access to growth capital for entrepreneurs? What more needs to be done at local and national level to build further investment capacity?
RHIAN ELSTON Head of Investment Finance, Development Bank of Wales
HELEN OLDHAM Angel Investor, NorthInvest
KERRY SHARP CEO, Scottish Investment Bank
JORDAN DARGUE, Growth Capital Ventures