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Ecosystem Giants - Virtual Talks

The "Ecosystem" series gather the key players of Europe's innovation ecosystem - startups, investors, corporations and public sector actors

About this Event - Tuesday August 11th

An 'Ecosystem' event by Tzvete Doncheva

The 'Ecosystem Giants' Talks will highlight the ecosystem members who through their work have redefined the investment and startup landscape. They will offer practical, actionable advice to entrepreneurs and operators. The ‘Ecosystem Giants' Talks speakers will also share their ‘secret sauce’ to success, insights and commentary on the market. An opportunity to meet and get to know (albeit virtually) some of the most seasoned VC investors and high-growth founders.

Timings 14:00 BST: Start; in conversation with Maren Bannon and Yvonne Bajela -Diversity in venture capital and tech - how can access to funding be improved? -Technology's role in helping to create a fairer world -The current trends at (pre)seed investing in the US & Europe (future of work, digital health) and their investment criteria

14:20: Market commentary and Q&A 14:40: Pitching for feedback

*An early stage founder will give a 3' pitch for the chance to get direct feedback from Maren and Yvonne

14:50: End


Maren Bannon is the founding partner at January Ventures, an early stage VC firm investing early in the visionary founders of the future. Maren is an entrepreneur at heart who has been building tech businesses for the past 15 years. Previously, she was CEO and Cofounder of LittleLane. Her operating experience also includes leadership roles at health tech startups as well as leading consumer marketing for a $1B product at Genentech. She is the mother to three young daughters and feels energized each day by her vision of creating a different world for them. She has an MBA from Stanford and an Engineering degree from Dartmouth. Recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30 as a key influencer of global money flows in 2020,

Yvonne Bajela is the Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital, a UK based venture capital fund founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs. Over the last five years, Yvonne has invested over £200 million in various startups across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A board member and passionate leader, Yvonne is a champion for diverse founders.

Tzvete Doncheva is a start-up strategy advisor, working with companies on positioning and growth. She previously helped develop the ecosystem and portfolio initiatives at a London- based PropTech venture capital firm. A core activity of her work has been identifying innovative solutions and connecting the key stakeholders in the public and private sectors (transport and real estate) to enable open dialogue and future progress.

An Ecosystem series - webinars where Europe's leading investors, innovators, corporate players and public sector actors come to share insights, hear from experts and create meaningful connections.

REGISTER HERE *Spaces are limited.

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