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Future Forward: UKBAA Investment Summit Day 3 explored the opportunities for Connected Investing

Future Forward

Future Forward: UKBAA Investment Summit took place across three days (24th – 26th November) online last week. Packed with panels, keynotes, roundtables, pitching sessions and more, Future Forward saw more than 700 people from across our ecosystem in attendance and it was sponsored by Gold Sponsor JPIN Venture Catalysts Ltd and Silver Sponsor InvestUK.

The third and final day of Future Forward saw the return of our Connected Investing event series. Shining a spotlight on some of the most exciting tech clusters and successful investors from around the country, the day looked at how an effective, nationally connected ecosystem is crucial for economic growth.

UKBAA Managing Director Roderick Beer welcomed attendees to the day by outlining what was in store and setting the scene for the day’s agenda. Our Gold Sponsor JPIN Venture Catalysts Ltd hosted ‘Tales of a Decacorn: The Importance of a Global Mindset’, a Fireside Chat that saw co-founders Gaurav Singh and Nayan Gala talking to OYO Hotels & Homes Founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal. The conversation explored the journey Ritesh took to become the youngest founder of a Decacorn with OYO now valued in excess of $10bn. Ritesh also shared his views on having a strong investment and growth corridor between the UK and India.

The first of three regional panels took place next. ‘The most exciting investment sectors in Northern Ireland’ brought together Catalyst Director of Funding Alan Watts, Clarendon Fund Managers Portfolio Manager Claudine Owens, Tech Nation Entrepreneur Engagement Manager Gary Davidson, Belfast City Council Digital Innovation Commissioner Jayne Brady and Cordovan Capital Management Founder and Director Mike Irvine. Focusing on the vibrant and growing technology scene, the panel discussed the key drivers behind its growth and highlighted the best opportunities for investors.

Innovation SuperNetwork Access to Finance Manager Jordan Dargue joined UKBAA’s Roderick Beer for a Fireside Chat, ‘Angel Investment Cornerstoned by Grants – the Impact on the North East’, to talk about the major impact that the RAIA programme has had on the investment landscape of the North East.

The last session of the morning saw Beauhurst Head of Research & Consultancy Henry Whorwood take attendees on a whistlestop tour of the UK with his ‘Regional trends and the latest exits’ keynote. He shared findings from his latest research and put a magnifying glass over the thriving sector clusters across the country.

Opening the afternoon was ‘Spotlight on Scotland – understanding the ecosystem’, a panel discussion featuring Mint Ventures Founding Director/CEO Gillian Fleming, Scottish Investment Bank Interim Director Jan Robertson, Galvanise Founding Partner and Chairman Nick Jones, serial Scottish Entrepreneur and investor Russell Dalgleish and UKBAA Manging Director Roderick Beer. The panel discussed the growth in the FinTech and Big Data sectors and look at the opportunities opening up for Series A investors.

The third and final regional panel of the day was ‘The Midlands, an Engine for Investment’, which featured West Midlands Combined Authority Head of Structuring – Investment Aanisah Begg, Minerva Business Angels Head Alexis Toft, British Business Bank Senior Manager, UK Network Team Lewis Stringer, Wayra Head of 5G Acceleration for 5PRING Poppy Dowell, Foresight Group MEIF Principal Ray Harris, Midven Director Roger Wood, and Mercia Asset Management Investment Director Sandy Reid. Moving across the Midlands from East to West, the panel discussed 5G test beds, advanced manufacturing, e-commerce, FinTech and Life Sciences, as well as how the Midlands Engine Investment Fund was accelerating growth and driving innovation.

The final event of Future Forward was the closed roundtable ‘Levelling up agenda’, which explored the challenges faced by regional angel groups in terms of building capacity. They also discussed how London-centric groups could be enticed to deploy further afield and looked at the initiatives that could help stimulate more capital deployment outside of the golden triangle.

At the end of the day UKBAA Chair Simon Calver shared his closing remarks, reflecting on the packed three days and thanking the sponsors that had supported the event. 

If you had a ticket for Future Forward: UKBAA Investment Summit, you can access the videos for all of the events by logging in to the Future Forward website at https://futureforward.ukbaa.org.uk. Once logged in, you can access each event via the ‘Agenda’. Please note that the closed roundtables are not available to view.

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By UKBAA04 Dec 2020