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Investing in Diversity

Investing in businesses with founders from backgrounds not otherwise widely represented in the investment space, not only allows for a fairer and more balanced ecosystem, but it also makes financial sense. This half day Future Forward session will explore the impressive opportunities that come from investing in a diverse portfolio as well as defining the actions we can all take to improve diversity across the ecosystem.

Agenda

welcome: 12:00 – 12:10

Introduction to Investing in Diversity

UKBAA CEO Jenny Tooth OBE will open Future Forward by setting the scene for Investing in Diversity and giving an overview of what to expect from the day’s events.

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Jenny Tooth
Jenny Tooth OBE
CEO
UKBAA
keynote: 12:15 – 12:25

Why Investing in Diversity Matters

Hear about the challenges the investment industry is likely to face in the coming years and how best to respond.

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Kerry Baldwin
Managing Partner, IQ Capital
Chair, BVCA
keynote: 12:30 – 12:50

How embracing Diversity just adds up

Embracing diversity is more than just a box-ticking exercise. We look at the latest research and stats which highlight the commercial benefits of pursuing D&I as a core business strategy.

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Shanika Amarasekara
Chief Impact Officer
British Business Bank
Panel: 13:00 – 14:00

Leading by example: industry growth stories

We hear from leaders around the industry on how their own approach to diversity and inclusion has made material improvements to the way they do business.

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Muhammad Altalib
Investment Associate
Islamic Finance Guru
Andy Davis
Andy Davis
Co-Founder
10×10
Deepali Nangia
Deepali Nangia
Co-Founder
Alma Angels
Roderick Beer (Moderator)
Managing Director
UKBAA
Fireside Chat: 14:20 – 14:40

Introducing the new Investing in Diversity Code

Building on the success of the Investing in Women Code, we’ll explore the code’s next step of evolution in addresses the broader diversity agenda and how you can get involved.

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Roderick Beer
Managing Director
UKBAA
Francis Evans
Head of Business Finance
BEIS
Talk: 14:50 – 15:50

From funnel to funding – diversifying your approach from end-to-end

Our panel look at everything from how to expand your network to improve the diversity of deal flow, to how to ensure a fair, accessible investment process for founders.

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Rodney Appiah
Rodney Appiah
Chairman and Co-Founder
Cornerstone Partners
Helen Oldham
Helen Oldham
Founding Board Director
NorthInvest
Patrícia Silva
Investment & Deal Management
Green Angel Syndicate
Dama Sathianathan
Partner
Bethnal Green Ventures
Jenny Tooth
Jenny Tooth OBE (Moderator)
CEO
UKBAA
Roundtable: 16:00 – 17:30

Practical steps for implementing change

This exclusive invite-only roundtable dives into the latest best-practice guidance for implementing systems and procedures to build a more diverse and inclusive investment ecosystem.

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pitch showcase: wed 14 Jul, 10:30 – 12:00

TechInvest: Diversity in Tech

The next TechInvest pitch showcase, will turn the spotlight on 10 incredible founders that are otherwise underrepresented in the investment ecosystem.

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