TechInvest Diversity in Tech
The next TechInvest showcase, taking place 14th July, will turn the spotlight on founders that are otherwise underrepresented in the investment ecosystem.
London is an incredibly diverse city, with exceptional tech entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds who are constantly redefining what innovation looks like, which TechInvest Diversity in Tech seeks to celebrate. From Fintech, Medtech, Smart Cities and Sustainable Tech, to Creative Tech, GovTech, Cyber Security and more; this next event will showcase London’s impressive founders that are disrupting the market and paving the way for the future of their respective sectors.
We’re looking to spotlight innovative entrepreneurs who are contributing to London being recognised as a world-renowned tech hub and are leveraging technology to improve life as we know it. Cornerstone Partners share within their ‘access to venture capital’ report that they see diverse founder led businesses as an emerging diversity asset class, one which is poised for growth, which the TechInvest programme not only also believes to be the case, but also aims to celebrate.
Seb Butt, General Manager – EMEA, Craft
Seb Butt is General Manager at Craft, a provider of enterprise intelligence to some of the largest private and public companies in the world. Seb joined the start-up at the pre-seed stage and 4 years in he is leading the development of the European operations. In addition, he is an angel investor focusing primarily on software applications, with an additional focus on consumerisation of technologies. He is an advocate for organisations of all forms, types and across all industries, that are making systemic changes which can lead to opportunities for everyone. This interest led him to join Diversity VC back in 2016 as a volunteer and he still works with Diversity VC leading their partnerships and working with international branches. In 2018 Seb founded Future VC an internship and development programme working with funds in Europe and the US to access and develop more diverse talent in Venture Capital. Seb is also a board advisor at Capital Enterprise and OneTech.
Chenelle Ansah, Partner, Cornerstone Partners
Chenelle is an Investor, Consultant and Advisor. She is passionate and fully committed to ensuring diverse founders get access to capital and development that they need to grow. In her role as Partner at Cornerstone Partners, Angel Investment Syndicate whose mission is to focus on investing in founders from Black and diverse backgrounds in the U.K., Chenelle ensures that they are leading the charge in investing in founders from Black and diverse backgrounds.
Outside of Cornerstone Partners, Chenelle is the founder and MD of Nell Consulting, a boutique consultancy firm that specialises Fintech strategy, scaling operations and procurement. Her passion for financial disruption and creating access to capital has given Chenelle the drive to lead on the build of a few Challenger Banks in the UK through her consultancy efforts.
Featured in the Sunday Times, BBC news and BBC radio 4, Chenelle is often at the forefront of discussions pertaining to creating access to capital for diverse founders and has been instrumental in influencing government policy to create better opportunities for SME’s in the UK.
Dama Sathianathan, Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures
Dama Sathianathan is a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV), Europe’s leading early-stage tech for good VC, backing ambitious founders using technology to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges at scale. At BGV, she leads on community and networks, driving BGV’s efforts to act with integrity on diversity, equity and inclusion in helping founders from underrepresented backgrounds access capital and fuel the wider tech for good movement across the UK. Dama previously worked for international NGOs using digital and data for good and has a background in international relations and global development. She’s also Trustee at Chayn, a non-profit building open-source products and services for survivors of gender based violence and domestic abuse.
Mohsin Patel, co-founder, IslamicFinanceGuru
Mohsin is the co-founder of IslamicFinanceGuru and a partner at IFG.VC, a London-based angel syndicate who’ve co-invested with some of the top European funds. Being in the unique position of both being a startup founder and operator as well as a VC has helped Mohsin to be at the cutting edge of current trends and problems in the startup world.
Patrícia Silva, Investment & Deal Management, Green Angel Syndicate
Patricia is an experienced climate professional, supporting early-stage ventures by advising and providing access to funding. She currently manages investments at Green Angel Syndicate and spearheads their Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, and is also the co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Removal Centre. Patricia has also worked alongside corporates looking to achieve sustainability goals, with renewable energy and sustainable construction projects. She holds a BSc and a MSc in Engineering and an MBA from Berkeley Haas focused in Energy & Cleantech.