NextWomen are running their
Evening with Investors of 2011 on January 27th. The
event, done in cooperation with
Orrick, aims to support women-led
businesses prepare and practice their investment pitches with a real
panel of investors, while running initial screening of high growth
entrepreneurs for the Astia Programme 2011 running in March.
The NextWomen are running their
first Pitch Competition of 2011 on January 27th. The event,
done in cooperation with Astia and sponsored by Orrick, aims to support
women-led businesses prepare and practice their investment pitches
with a real panel of investors, while running initial screening of
high growth entrepreneurs for the Astia Programme 2011.
Up to 8 women-led startups will have an
afternoon workshop to prepare for the evening pitches. Up to 20 guests
will further join the event at 6pm.
The event will give women founders
with little or no experience in fundraising a first review of their
business plan by experts and investors from the Astia Board and
initial practice of their pitch in a friendly environment, gaining
first-hand insights and feedback from experienced investors from the
The winner will be awarded a free entry in the
Astia European Entrepreneur Programme 2011 in London.
The agenda is as follows:
Workshop for pitching startups
Guests arrival and registration
Entrepreneur Keynotes by Polly Gowers of EveryClick
Keynote by Andrin Bachmann of Piton Capital
Networking Break with drinks and canapés
8:30-8:45pm Networking Break with
drinks and canapés
Winner announcement and closing
Maria Dramalioti-Taylor, Incito Ventures
founding member of Incito
Ventures, Maria focuses on female-led startups in enterprise
applications, mobile, digital advertising, e-commerce, social media
and cleantech. She co-founded Protos Capital, was the R&D-award
winning CEO of CipherGrid, investor in the VC-backed Pervasic
(exited) and mentor of startups like Improve Digital, anywhere.me
& Stingray. A Senior Manager at Andersen and Ernst & Young,
Maria started her career in the UK on a CBI scholarship with Thames
Water plc where she trained as an engineer. She is an Advisory Board
member of PoCKeT fund and Astia UK, a mentor and Champion of The
Prince’s Trust Creative Businesses & The Young Enterprise,
founder of the Arsakeion Alumni UK Charter and sponsor of a
microloan foundation in India. Maria completed the PE & VC
exec. course at Harvard, has an MBA from Cranfield, an M.Sc. in
Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and a Dipl. Ing.
from the National Technical University of Athens.
Andrin is an
entrepreneur and investor in the Internet, media, technology, telecoms
and renewable energy sectors. He recently set up Piton Capital, which
is investing in online businesses with network effects. Its portfolio
companies include bullionvault, dawanda, jameslist and
fotocommunity. He was a co-founder of Glocalnet, which became
Sweden's 3rd largest consumer telecom service provider and was listed
on the Stockholm Stock Exchange before being acquired by Telenor. He
was a partner at M/C Venture Partners, one of the leading private
equity investors in the US telecom services space. Andrin was also one
of two principals establishing an investment company that became qxl
Ricardo PLC's largest shareholder in 2005. He holds an MSc degree
in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Christina Chen, DN Capital
Christina is an investor at DN
Capital where she covers digital media and software
investments in Europe. DN Capital, with offices in London and Palo
Alto, is a growth capital and early stage investment fund. Prior
to DN Capital, Christina had a career in investment banking at
Deutsche Bank and HSBC, where she was involved in M&A and
financing transactions for large technology and media companies.
Christina was trained as computer scientist in University of Cambridge.
Luke Hakes, Octopus Ventures
Luke is an Investment Manager
in the Ventures team at Octopus Investments. The team manages over
£250m of UK focussed Venture Capital funding and has made over
25 new investments into early stage and growth businesses in sums
ranging from £250k to £2m over the last year. Over
the last two years Luke has lead investments into nine businesses and
currently represents Octopus on the board of five portfolio companies,
largely in the semiconductor and green Energy spaces. After
starting his career as a research scientist Luke moved into Management
Consultancy and latterly Finance. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry
and Biotechnology, an MSc in Bioinformatics and a PhD in Computational Genetics.
Järvenpää – HackFwd
Marketing and Innovation expert at HackFwd, helping identify the most
promising startups for investment with his expert angle. He has been
immersed in the online industry for over a decade. In 2003, Mikko
joined Google in Mountain View and moved to the product marketing team
in London in 2004, where he specialised in scalable marketing,
marketing partnerships and emerging markets. After leaving Google in
2007, he has worked closely with selected European startups and
consulted large organisations from banking to media on innovation
projects and marketing. Mikko holds an MSc from the London School of
Economics and a BBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.
There are only 8 Pitching spots available.
Pitching companies must purchase
their ticket on this site, which entitles them to:
- Tickets for two founders or team members to the event,
- A first review of their business plan via email by one of the
Astia Board Members
- A workshop on the evening of the event to help them prepare for
the evening pitch,
- The opportunity to pitch to the judging panel and compete for a
free entry into the Astia Doing It Right Programme in March 2011
There are 20 guest tickets available
for people who want to watch the pitches and network with fellow
entrepreneurs, Astia advisory board members and the panel of investors.
The venue is in the City of
London near bank and St Paul, at our
London EC2V 6DN
To apply for Astia European
Entrepreneur Programme 2011 in London click here.
If you have any further questions
regarding the Pitching event on January 27th please contact our COO
Joana Picq on jo[at]thenextwomen.com