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Investing in the Early Stage Ecosystem

Join us for the final Future Forward of the year, taking place in person at the Home Grown Club in Mayfair, London on 8th December 2021!

We will bring together award winning angels and trail blazing VCs for an exciting and informative afternoon of panel debates, fireside chats and keynotes empowering you to get the most out of early-stage investing.

Whether you have recently taken the leap into the Angel Investing world or you are an experienced investor looking to polish your knowledge, come and delve into how technology is changing the way we invest, find out about the changing dynamics of Series A investing and learn how to lead an investment round.


Wednesday 8th December 2021

welcome: 14:00 – 14:05

Introduction and Welcome to Future Forward

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

Jenny Tooth
Jenny Tooth
keynote: 14:05 – 14:20

The Latest from the UKBAA

UKBAA will share the latest programmes and opportunities that support the early-stage investment community as well as a look into what’s on the horizon for the Trade Body.

Roderick Beer
Managing Director
panel: 14:20 – 15:05

Investing in Series A

Our panel of experienced angel and VC investors will talk about the changing dynamics and increasing collaboration of investing at Series A.

Sarah Barber
Jenson Funding Partners
Tim Mills
Managing Partner
ACF Investors
Chris Smith
Managing Partner
Playfair Capital
Jo Slota-Newson
Jo Slota-Newson
IQ Capital
Jenny Tooth
Jenny Tooth
Presentation: 15:05 – 15:25

The Latest Market Data

With 2021 expected to be another record-breaking year for equity investment, Henry Whorwood from Beauhurst will take us through the up-to-the-minute market data, the top performing UK regions and latest emerging sectors.

Henry Whorwood
Head of Research & Consultancy
Break: 15:25 – 15:40


presentation: 15:35 – 15:50

A Real Estate CVC in Early Stage Investment

Chloe Zhang, Head of UK at G5 Capital will share how a Chinese corporate venture capital does cross broader early stage investment in property tech and plays a partnership role with the startups. 

Chloe Zhang
Head of UK
G5 Capital
panel: 15:50 – 16:35

Raising the Bar: Professionalising Early-Stage Investing

The shifts in technology adoption coupled with a drive towards investor professionalisation is creating a new landscape of managed SPVs and early stage investment funds. Our panel will talk about how to take more ownership of the investment process.

Ollie Blears
Associate Partner
RW Blears
Andrew Drylie
Venture Capital Fund Manager
Sapphire Capital Partners
Ulric Musset
Monik Pham
Pact VC
Alex Reed
Founding Partner
Mountside Ventures
Patrick Ryan
fireside chat: 16:45 – 17:15

Taking the Lead

From setting the terms, to corralling the co-investors, our guest investor will speak about the key processes and challenges of leading an early-stage investment round.

Helen Oldham
Founding Board Director
Nick Button Brown
Angel Investor
Reece Chowdhry
Founding partner
RLC  Ventures
Networking: 17:05 – 19:00


We will end the day with plenty of networking, drinks and canapes as we toast the end of the year and get to know other key players in the early-stage community.