The NextWomen Pitching & Networking Evening - 26 April, 2010
Best Pitch Prize: Astia Programme Enrollment and Fees of £1,500
The NextWomen invite you to an event in which you can meet, interact and learn from experienced men and women that know all about funding for both start-ups and growing businesses. Spend an evening in the intimate setting of the Loyens & Loeff Law Firm offices gaining insight into how to raise the financial capital you need, whilst networking with fellow entrepreneurs over prosecco, wine and sushi.
Practice your Pitch, and Win a Seat in the Astia Doing it Right Programme in London
The NextWomen offer the exclusive opportunity to 10 women to try out their funding pitches before a Panel of Experts and Investors. It is a unique chance to profit from these experts’ insights, and to receive feedback and suggestions on your funding pitch before you throw yourselves in front of the lions. The winning pitch will have a seat guaranteed at the Astia Doing it Right Program in London on May 4-7.
Date: April 26 2010, from 6.00 to 10.30pm
Location: Loyens & Loeff in the City (near Bank)
6.00 to 6.30 - Welcome Drinks & Networking
6.30 to 6.50 - Entrepreneur Keynote: "How I Got Funding", by Virginia Raemy founder of Talentpuzzle
6.50 to 7.10 - Investor Keynote: "VCs - Who they are, and how to talk to them", by Andrew Nutter, Associate at Balderton Capital
7.10 to 7.30 - Networking over Drinks and Sushi
7.30 to 8.15 - Start-up Pitching Sessions: 6 pitches of 5 min each
8.15 to 8.30 - Networking over Drinks and Sushi
8.30 to 8.45 - Astia Doing it Right Program Overview
8.45 to 9.00 - Start-up Pitching Debrief and Best Pitch Nomination, by the Panel
9.00 to 9.30 - Closing and Networking over Drinks
The Speakers & Pitching Panel:
Inma Martinez - Stradbroke Advisers
Inma Martinez is one of the world’s leading digital media strategists, described by Fortune and Time magazine as one of Europe’s top talents in Human Factors and Social Engagement through technology. Switching a career in the financial markets at Goldman Sachs and The Institute for Infrastructure Finance, she joined Cable & Wireless in the mid-1990s to form their New Technologies Advisory, specifically focused on the Internet and IP services. Co-founder in 1999 of Escape Velocity, a 3i-funded AI software company in the early days of mobile services and selected by Lehman Brothers, in 2006 she founded Stradbroke Advisors, a digital media and fund raising consultancy working with Venture Capital firms (3i, Index Ventures), large corporations (NOKIA Finland, Blyk, BBC, MTV Networks, HP, IBM) as well as Web 2.0 startups and film and TV production companies. She is also an Advisor to the EU Technology Commission.
Andrew Nutter - Balderton Capital
Balderton Capital is one of the leading venture capital funds in Europe, with a strong operational focus aiming to help build long-lasting, great companies. The team have invested in over 80 innovative companies in many different sectors, including the likes of MySQL, Figleaves, LoveFilm, Betfair and Wooga. Andrew joined in 2008 where he focuses on tech investments and works with a number of portfolio companies. Prior to Balderton, Andrew was with McKinsey in Europe, India and the Middle East, advising clients in telecoms and media sectors amongst others. Previously, Andrew spent time with a number of tech start-ups and financial services companies, and has degrees from Stanford University, where he also taught Economics, and Cambridge University. He is a keen squash player, passionate about entrepreneurship and tries to cook every once and a while.
Tracy Scribner - MMC Ventures
Tracy joined MMC Venture’s investment team in 2008 where she focuses both on new deals and portfolio management. MMC Ventures was founded in 2000, we have invested in 21 businesses to date and currently have £70 million under management. We invest in early stage UK based businesses and although we are sector agnostic, our focus on growth leads us to invest particularly in healthcare, financial services and technology, including cleantech and media. Prior to joining MMC, Tracy worked at Rothschild as part of the Equity Capital Markets team in the London office. Tracy has a an MA in Mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford University.
Maria Dramalioti-Taylor - Business Angel
Reshma Sohoni, CEO Seedcamp
Simone Brummelhuis - Astia Board and CEO of The NextWomen
Simone Brummelhuis is the founder and CEO of The NextWomen, the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine and Community. She worked for 10 years as a successful lawyer before becoming an entrepreneur by setting up her own B2B publishing company Brummsbooks. Thereafter, as co-owner and managing director IENS, she developed this start-up into the no. 1 user generated content database publisher of restaurant guides in The Netherlands. With the Europeanmuseumguide.com, she intends to do the same. She is in the jury of the yearly Accenture Media Innovation Awards, she presents the internet program SHE (interviews with business women) on Blueshotstv, she is on the UK Advisory Board of Astia.org,supporting women led high-growth companies, she sits on the Dutch City Luncheon Committee, and is a frequent speaker through Women.Inc andTheNextSpeaker.
Pitching Workshop & Competition - £75,00 (requires that you purchase an attendee ticket prior to submitting your executive summary, the remaining amount will only be charged if you are selected)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Simone Brummelhuis (simone[at]thenextwomen.com or + 447767325765)
Joana Picq (jo[at]thenextwomen.com or + 447530057536)
About Astia and the Winning Prize:
In Europe, select entrepreneurs can experience Astia's hallmark Doing it Rightprogramme that has resulted in a greater than 60% funding success rate for prior participants.
Doing it Right London is a programme where exceptional entrepreneurs enhance their company's ability to attract funding and cultivate invaluable relationships.
Through candid discussions led by local investors and seasoned entrepreneurs,Doing it Right increases participants' understanding of the current state of venture capital and angel investment.
Entrepreneurs gain important skills and insight when Doing it Right - from developing an effective fundraising strategy, negotiating term sheets, navigating the due diligence process, to leading a successful company. Doing it Right is current, fresh and relevant.
Select entrepreneurs receive:
- Introductions to leading VCs and angel investors through investor-led panels and workshops
- Presentation skills coaching by a leading expert
- Increased business acumen and executive leadership skills
- Expert advice from VCs, angels and successful entrepreneurs
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TheNextWomen builds formats to support the growth of female entrepreneurs -from startups to companies making millions. We provide entrepreneurs from around the world with access to capital, resources and networks, offering our community a support infrastructure critical for success.