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Wednesday 29th November 2023

No.1 Circle Square, 3 Symphony Park, Manchester M1 7FS


welcome: 12:20pm – 12:50pm

Registration and networking

Attendees arrive and check-in for the summit.

welcome: 12:50pm – 1:00pm

Welcome and opening remarks

Jenny Tooth welcomes the day and provides an overview of objectives and expectations of the day and focus on early-stage investments in the Northern region.

The work UKBAA has achieved in the last year including increasing investment in diversity and addressing regional investment, plans and opportunities for 2024.

Jenny Tooth OBE
Plenary 1:00pm – 1:20pm

Investment Outlook: Trends and findings from Beauhurst

Join Henry Whorwood at Beauhurst as present his latest findings on the outcomes for equity investment in 2023 and what he predicts for 2024. How will the North compare against national and global trends and how will it impact the innovation and northern investment landscape in 2024.

Henry Whorwood
Head of Research & Consultancy
Panel 1:20pm – 2:00pm

Investor Spotlight: Unleashing Investment Potential in the North

This session will dive into some of the most exciting sectors of 2023 and into 2024. We will explore the investment potential, opportunities, and trends specific to the region and best practices for making informed investment decisions, directly from active, experienced Investors.

Tim Mills
Managing Partner
ACF Investors


Tania Rahman
Investment Manager

Shaz Sulaman
Solid Bond



Alastair Moore​
Senior Investment Manager
Par Equity
Keynote 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Keynote session: Bank of England Policy Briefing 

This session is an off the record policy briefing from a Bank of England representative, taking a look at the economic outlook for the UK and the key factors likely to drive change over the next 12-18 months. 

Ken Clark
Deputy Agent, North West
Bank of England


Panel 2:30pm – 3:10pm

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 take you through areas such as the 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.  

Katie Gallagher
Managing Director
Manchester Digital


Christiana Stewart-Lockhart
Director General



Daniel Hayhurst
Legal Director Corporate
Brabners LLP

David Smith
DSW Ventures
Break 3:10pm – 3:40pm

Comfort break 

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

Special announcement 3:40pm – 3:45pm


In partnership with Manchester Angels and Bruntwood and supported by Praetura Ventures and DSW, the UKBAA are delighted to make a special announcement for Angels in Manchester…

Roderick Beer
Managing Director


Panel  3:45pm – 4:30pm

Raising Series A

The session will bring together investors and industry experts to share valuable insights into raising at the series A stage. Aimed at investors and start ups, this session provides a comprehensive overview of importance of understanding the landscape and dynamics of Series A investment and other critical components to consider when securing this key stage of funding.

Patrick Molyneux
KPMG Acceleris 

Marc D’Abbadie
Head of Equity & COO
River Capital 

Lorna Davidson
Founder & CEO,


Mark Lyons,
Investment Director, Head of North
Puma Private Equity

Matthew Currie
Investment Director & Growth Investor
Seneca Partners

Andy Thomas
YFM Equity Partners
Panel 4:30pm – 5:05pm

Lessons Learned: The Biggest Investor Mistakes Made in 2023

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

David Levine
Manchester Angels 


Katie Nicholson
LCR Angels


Helen Oldham
Lifted Ventures


Fraser Lusty
Equity Gap


 Networking  5:05pm – 5:10pm

Closing remarks

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

 Networking 5:10pm – 7:00pm

Networking drinks reception

A concluding networking session where attendees can further connect, network, and build relationships in a relaxed setting.