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Investing in Deep Tech

Wednesday 27th April | Online

Deep Tech is technology that is rooted in tangible engineering or scientific advances and discoveries. It lies at the foundation of innovation and it’s all around you – from your Alexa at home, to the satellites that keep you in contact with your family and friends.

COVID-19 and the looming crisis of climate change have inspired a 4th wave of innovation and investment in European deep tech companies more than doubled in 2021 compared to 2020 but deep tech investments can be seen as risky as companies try to solve the unsolvable.

Our half day Future Forward session will guide you through the deep tech landscape and demystify the sector – why it’s so important to the UK economy, where the opportunities for investment lie and pull back the curtain on the UK’s growing Deep Tech ecosystem.


welcome: 10:00 – 10:05

Introduction to Investing in Deep Tech

UKBAA’s Managing Director Roderick Beer will open Future Forward by setting the scene for Investing in DeepTech and giving an overview of what to expect from the day’s events.

Roderick Beer
Roderick Beer
Managing Director
keynote: 10:05 – 10:20

Harnessing the Power of Deep Tech in UK Business

Our guest speaker will explore why deep tech is integral to UK business. With the government increasing its investment in R&D to £20bn by 2024-25 we will also learn why now is the time to be investing in deep tech businesses in the UK.

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Chris Philp MP
Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy
panel: 10:20 – 11:05

Zeroing in on Deep Tech: Where AI intersects with Science and Engineering

This panel will explore how we define deep tech, what the sector consists of and where investor hot spots are in the year ahead. With a particular focus on improving global challenges and solving hard problems, deep tech is garnering much needed investor attention, from leveraging the power of AI and robotics to enhance human capabilities to solving hard hitting sustainability issues with material science and biotech, our panel will spotlight the future of deep tech.

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Rick Hao

Georg Glatz
IQ Capital
Simon Greenman
Best Practice AI
fireside chat: 11:15 – 11:35

The Quantum Opportunity

Quantum computing is a rapidly-emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers. It is set to revolutionise the way we approach solving the world’s most complex problems, but is it a viable opportunity for seed-stage investors? Join leading Deep Tech investor Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, Partner at Amadeus Capital as we explore this exciting new sector.

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Roderick Beer
Roderick Beer
Managing Director
Manjari Chandran-Ramesh
pitch event: 11:45 – 12:15

Quick Fire Pitches From Deep Tech Innovators

Hear quick fire pitches from 4 carefully selected businesses in the deep tech space, hosted by Chris Hill, Investment Programme Co-ordinator at SetSquared.


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panel: 12:25 – 13:10

Backing Innovators Solving the Unsolvable

Disruptive innovations in science and engineering have the power to change the world but require collaboration to make it a success. This panel of industry experts will discuss the unique nature of deep tech innovations, including longer R&D cycles and tackling the unsolvable. Dialling in on everything from deep tech clusters to university spin outs, this panel will pull back the curtain on the UK’s growing deep tech ecosystem.

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James Bedford
Digital Tech Cluster Manager
Dr Yuchen Gu
Scale-Up Programme Sector Manager 
Lewis Jones
Investment Associate
Seraphim Capital
Richard Yorke
Katryn Wales 
Head of Programmes


Roundtable: 16:00 – 17:30

Investment Opportunities in Deep Tech

This exclusive invite only roundtable will bring together key members of the investment community to take a deep dive into the opportunities for investing in this sector.