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Tuesday 5th December 2023
Chartered Accountants Hall, 1 Moorgate Pl, London EC2R 6EA


welcome: 12:30pm – 1:00pm: 

 Registration and networking

Attendees arrive and check-in for the summit.

welcome: 1:00pm – 1:10pm

Welcome and opening remarks

Jenny Tooth welcomes everyone to the summit and provides an overview of objectives and relevant background issues.

Jenny Tooth OBE
Executive Chair


Plenary 1:10pm – 1:30pm

 Investment Outlook 23-24: Trends and findings

Henry will present his latest findings on the outcomes for equity investment in 2023 and what he predicts for 2024. How has UK investment been affected by global economic trends and how will this impact the innovation and investment landscape in 2024.

Henry Whorwood
Head of Research & Consultancy
Keynote 1:30pm – 1:40pm

Keynote Address from Saqib Bhatti MP, Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Dept for Science Innovation and Technology


Saqib Bhatti MP
Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy
Panel 1:40pm – 2:20pm

Spotlight on Deep Tech

This session will guide you through the deep tech landscape and demystify the sector – why it’s so important to the UK economy and where are the opportunities for investment. Our panelists will share their experiences and discuss approaches to investment, challenges, best practices, and emerging technologies.

Tim Mills
Managing Partner
ACF Investors


Richard Anson
Venture Partner
Octopus Ventures

Shirin Dehghan
Oxford Algorithms

Miles Kirby
Deeptech Labs
Fireside chat 2:20pm – 2:50pm

Policy Pulse

Early-stage investing has seen a shifting legal, tax and regulatory landscape which is impacting the way founders and investors operate. This session will focus on areas such as changes to R&D tax credit scheme, the new FCA regulatory framework for investment, opportunities offered through the Horizon programme and what further developments may be expected in the year ahead.

Gurpreet Manku,
Level 20

Camilla de Coverly Veale
Policy Director
Startup Coalition 


Chris Elphick
VC Policy Manager
British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Ollie Blears
RW Blears
Break 2:50pm – 3:20pm:

Comfort break

A networking opportunity for attendees to connect, share insights, and discuss potential collaborations.

Panel  3:20pm – 4:05pm

Lessons Learned: The Biggest Investor Mistakes 

In this session, we’ll take a candid view on mistakes made by investors and what they wish they had done differently.

Mary McKenna
Angel Investor
UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2023


Andrea Sinclair
Angel Investor



Chris Adelsbach
Founding Partner
Outrun Ventures 


Roderick Beer
Managing Director


Plenary 4:05pm – 4:30pm

Where’s my exit?

This session aims to provide valuable insights into exits and liquidity across the market and the wider opportunities and challenges for planning a successful investment strategy and with a focus on exit options, IPO, liquidity, and new secondary market trading opportunities.

Marcus Stuttard
Head of AIM & UK Primary Markets
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)


Panel 4:30pm – 5:10pm

Strategies for Forming and Operating an Investment Fund in Uncertain Economic Times

In today’s dynamic and unpredictable economic landscape, forming and operating an investment fund requires a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that may arise in uncertain times. This session will provide invaluable insights and key considerations to successfully establish and maintain a resilient investment fund.

Thomas Hughes Ellis
Head of Funds and Syndicates 


Jessica Sue Rasmussen
Co-founder & CEO
Two Magnolias

Sanjeev Gordhan
General Partner
Type One Ventures

Dama Sathianathan
Bethnal Green Ventures
Close 5:10pm – 5:15pm

Closing remarks

Rod Beer provides closing remarks and summarises key takeaways from the summit.

Networking 5:15pm – Til late

Christmas party drinks reception

An opportunity to further connect, network, and build relationships in a relaxed setting.