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Thursday 8th December 2022

CMS, Cannon Place, 78 Cannon St, London EC4N 6AF


welcome: 10:30am – 10:50am


UKBAA welcome you to the Early Stage Investment Summit

welcome: 10:50am – 11:00am

Opening remarks 

Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon


welcome: 11:00am – 11:15am

Setting the scene of UK investment

Jenny Tooth OBE
Executive Chair


Trends 11:15am – 11:35am

Latest findings from UK Finance

As we come to the end of 2022, a year that began by continuing the trends of record equity investment set in 2021, but that showed signs of change in the investment market in the latter phase. Join this session to hear Lee Hopley at UK Finance present her latest findings on the outcomes for equity investment in 2022 and what she predicts for 2023. How will the UK compare against global trends and what will the year ahead hold for investors and businesses seeking finance?

Lee Hopley
Director, Economic Insight and Research
UK Finance


Keynote 11:35am – 12:00pm

Investing in a downturn: the importance of fundamentals

Navigating the investment landscape at a time of economic uncertainty can be both challenging and rewarding. We’ve invited experienced founder, Angel and VC, Saalim Chowdhury, Managing Director of Techstars London to share his thoughts on the key considerations for investors and the importance of reverting back to investing fundamentals.

Saalim Chowdhury
Managing Director
Techstars London
Fireside chat 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Trials and triumphs of a successful high growth entrepreneur and the investor who backed him

Businesses in tech-empowered sectors have been recognized for their ability to disrupt entire industries for the better. As these start-ups continue to pivot their business models to respond to changing consumer demands, it is these stories that have piqued the interest of investors.

This session will look at the funding journey alongside their investors, the landscape for scale-up businesses and share advice for angel groups and companies looking to invest and raise external capital in order to drive growth.

Chris Adelsbach
Founding Partner
Outrun Ventures 


Geri Cupi


Break 12:30pm – 1:40pm

Lunch and networking break

Plenary 1:40pm 2:05pm 

Building the future economy: Plan for action for UK business innovation

Plans to fast-track the UK to the forefront of the global innovation race is a priority for the UK. Therefore, attracting early-stage investors who are keen to maximise the growth and impact of their portfolio is key.

We will be inviting Innovate UK to set out their strategy and priorities for boosting entrepreneurial growth and building the UK as a superpower for science and innovation. 

Susanne Coles
Head of Investment & Business Development
Innovate UK KTN
Panel 2:05pm2:50pm 

Future outlook of early-stage investment

The UK economic landscape is changing rapidly and with a brand-new government now in place, it is essential to understand the importance of angel investing for growing innovation in the UK. Join this pivotal session to hear thoughts on what they would like to see from the government, UKBAA and market leaders to help the early-stage community thrive and grow.

Elliot Cowan


Christiana Stewart-Lockhart
Director General


Henry Whorwood
Head of Research & Consultancy



Jenny Tooth OBE
Executive Chair


Tim Mills
Managing Partner
ACF Investors


Chris Elphick
VC Policy Manager
British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
Break & Networking 2:50pm 3:05pm

Comfort break


Panel 3:05pm – 3:50pm

Spotlight on emerging themes, trends and sectors

This session will focus on an exploration of the investment potential in the ecosystem. What are Angels and early-stage investors backing? Which sectors are demonstrating the greatest opportunity for investment in innovation and growth? What should investors be looking to back? Where are the opportunities to increase investment in diversity across the UK and notably to support the growth of the many female founded businesses across the region?

Roderick Beer
Managing Director


Gillian Leng CBE
Healthcare Advisor & former Chair


Rodney Appiah
Managing Partner
Cornerstone Partners


Andrea Sinclair
Angel Investor
UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2022 


Simon Menashy
MMC Ventures
Networking 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking drinks