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Connecting the next generation of high-growth tech companies with the right investors

NextGen is an invitation-only event that brings together the founders of the UK and Ireland's most exciting startups with top early-stage VCs, in a friendly and informal setting.

Why you need to be there...

The right connections

Your time is valuable, so attendance on both sides is by invitation only. We carefully screen each application, and scout ambitious product companies who are proactively fundraising and aiming for high growth, and investors who specialise in early-stage funding (seed to Series A+) for technology businesses

Meaningful insights

For founders, NextGen is an opportunity to tap the experience and expertise of world-class tech investors. Participating investors, meanwhile, get access to the founder database, including key indicators around revenue, fundraising history and growth plans, to help identify companies that fit your thesis

Candid conversation

This isn't a pitch competition: NextGen is an opportunity for informal and private conversations between founders and investors, to build new relationships and find opportunities. We optimise for alignment, with one simple objective: to help companies find the right funding partners and investors find deal flow

Past participants include...

BGF Ventures
Connect Ventures
Hoxton Ventures
Notion Capital
Oxford Capital
Smedvig Capital
Seedcamp
Whitespace Ventures

Connect with top early-stage investors like...

Fred Destin, Stride.VC

Fred Destin

Founding Partner, Stride.VC

Fred Destin, Stride.VC

Fred Destin

Founding Partner, Stride.VC

Fred Destin is a venture investor, and founder of Stride VC. Previously, he was a General Partner with Accel. Fred was the lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack and Carwow. Prior to Accel, he was a partner at Atlas Ventures (now Accomplice) where he invested in and served on the board of Pillpack, Zoopla (IPO), Secret Escapes, Integral Ad Science, TheCurrencyCloud, Kinvey, Lagoa (acquired by Autodesk) Dailymotion (acquired by Orange), PriceMinister (acquired by Rakuten) and others. 

Tara Reeves, LocalGlobe

Tara Reeves

Partner, LocalGlobe

Tara Reeves, LocalGlobe

Tara Reeves

Partner, LocalGlobe

Tara is a partner at LocalGlobe, which has invested in a number of Scottish businesses, including FreeAgent, Swipii and Converse. She has a particular expertise in insuretech, working closely with relevant investments such as Cuvva, Zego, AtBay, a stealth life insurance business and a stealth SME insurance business, as well as in fintech, Cleo, Trussle, Tide and Bricklane. She started her career in the mergers and acquisitions group at Aon, followed by Wachovia Insurance Services and led product management at Wonga.com. She is the co-founder of Turo.com, the peer to peer car sharing service. Turo has raised over $200m of venture capital investment and operates in the US, Canada and the UK. Tara has an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she was a Fulbright scholar.

Siobhan Clarke, Episode 1 Ventures

Siobhan Clarke

Investment Partner, Episode 1

Siobhan Clarke, Episode 1 Ventures

Siobhan Clarke

Investment Partner, Episode 1

Siobhan has spent her career at the business end of tech, launching and developing products across 3 continents in start-ups and large enterprise. She started out in product marketing for an online e-commerce product, went on to led an innovation team at a small consultancy focused on economic development - supporting the cycle from creation of ideas into world class companies. After her MBA at Manchester Business School, she went on to work for Cisco in London, Singapore and San Francisco - leading transformational IT projects, developing strategic insights to accelerate sales & business areas and eventually leading the commercial development for a SaaS product prior to launch. She’s run her own business working with multiple start-ups in San Francisco and London on Go To market strategies. She’s passionate about bringing together people and ideas into executable plans that really work.
Bill Earner, Connect Ventures

Bill Earner

Managing Partner, Connect Ventures

Bill Earner, Connect Ventures

Bill Earner

Managing Partner, Connect Ventures

Bill has spent twelve years working in venture capital and startups, having worked as an investment manager at Amadeus Capital and in a variety of operational roles at several California based startups. Bill has expertise in product management and marketing. Bill has a degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from London Business School.

Jon Lerner, Smedvig Capital

Jon Lerner

Managing Director, Smedvig Capital

Jon Lerner, Smedvig Capital

Jon Lerner

Managing Director, Smedvig Capital

Jon Lerner is managing director of Smedvig Capital, a London-based venture capital fund investing in high-growth businesses in the UK and the Nordics. Current portfolio companies include Captify, Infinity, Mediamorph, Quill, The Smart Cube and Poq Before joining Smedvig, he was a consultant with Bain & Company.
Check Warner, Seraphim Capital

Check Warner

Venture Advisor, Seraphim Capital

Check Warner, Seraphim Capital

Check Warner

Venture Advisor, Seraphim Capital

Francesca (Check) is an early stage VC. Currently, she is a venture advisor at Seraphim Capital, the only global space tech fund, investing £3-5m at seed and Series A in the space ecosystem, including in satellite constellations Spire and IceEye. Prior to joining Seraphim Capital, Check spent two and a half years at Downing Ventures, investing in over 30 early-stage technology businesses, with a focus on consumer health and deep technology. Companies she invested in include Vivacity Labs (computer vision and sensors for smart cities), True AI (conversational interfaces using machine learning) and Craft (building the source of truth on companies.)

Check is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, the world’s first nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in venture capital. In May 2017, Diversity VC produced the first ever study on the number of women in VC, in partnership with the BVCA. Diversity VC’s work was highlighted in the UK government's November 2017 budget.

Before moving into venture, Check worked for the global advertising agency, AMV BBDO. She graduated from Cambridge in 2012. 

Dan Bailey, MMC Ventures

Dan Bailey

Investment Manager, MMC Ventures

Dan Bailey, MMC Ventures

Dan Bailey

Investment Manager, MMC Ventures

Dan joined the MMC Ventures investment team in 2015. He is responsible for sourcing new deals, deal execution and supporting MMC portfolio companies. 

Since joining MMC in 2015, Dan has worked across a number of new investments and with the MMC portfolio.

Dan’s main areas of interest are within Enterprise applications and enabling technologies, with a particular focus on data analytics, software infrastructure, developer tools and machine intelligence.

He believes the deployment of better infrastructure, systems of record and data management are critical for enabling the next wave of intelligent applications.

Dan read Economics and Management at Oxford University. Outside of the office he is a keen boxer, golfer and cricketer.

Daniel Bull, Columbia Lake Partners

Daniel Bull

Investment Manager, Columbia Lake Partners

Daniel Bull, Columbia Lake Partners

Daniel Bull

Investment Manager, Columbia Lake Partners

Daniel Bull is an investment manager at Columbia Lake Partners, where he is responsible for the sourcing, financial analysis, structuring, documentation, and management of debt relationships with technology companies.

Prior to joining CLP, Daniel worked as an assistant vice president in the Venture Capital Group at Comerica Bank in San Francisco.

Agenda

13:00 – 14:00

Street food lunch

Grab a bite, shake some hands and settle in
14:00 – 16:15

Investor 1-to-1s

Informal meetings between founders & investors
14:30 – 15:00

Founder panel

  • Rob Jones (co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Flick; co-founder, FanDuel)
  • John Peebles (CEO, Administrate)
  • Leah Hutcheon (founder & CEO, Appointedd)

Moderated by Cally Russell (Mallzee)

15:00 – 15:30

Ed Molyneux in conversation with Tara Reeves (LocalGlobe) & Christoph Janz (Point Nine Capital)

Edinburgh-based FreeAgent has had two exits in the past two years: IPO, and then acquisition. Co-founder & CEO Ed Molyneux talks about the journey with two of the investors that backed him.
15:30 – 16:00

Investor panel

  • Eddie Anderson (Pentech)
  • Siobhan Clarke (Episode 1)
  • Bill Earner (Connect Ventures)
  • Jonathan Lerner (Smedvig Capital)
Moderated by James Downing (Silicon Valley Bank)
From 16:30

After-work drinks, hosted by Silicon Valley Bank

To wrap things up, we're moving on to the beautiful Ghillie Dhu for drinks
Wednesday 1 August 17:30

Live pitch clinic with Fred Destin

Join us at CodeBase, and watch founders hone their pitches live onstage.

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If you're building a business or looking for deal flow, NextGen is for you...

Bottom line: NextGen offers an unmissable opportunity to connect with some remarkable entrepreneurs and investors, take in the best tech conference happening in the UK this summer — and spend a little time relaxing at the incomparable Edinburgh festivals!

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NextGen is brought to you in partnership with...

Silicon Valley Bank
Cazenove Capital
RSM UK

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