Venture Lab on Getting Investment Ready - LBS

Event Info

Wed 5 May, 2010 from 6:45pm - 9:30pm
London Business School
Regent Park
London, NW14SA, UK (Map)
Cost: Entrepreneurs £30, Students Free


Venture Lab on Getting Investment Ready

Genius Incubator in association with The Private Equity & Venture Capital Club of London Business School invites early-stage and growth-stage entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, LBS students and alumni to their Venture Lab.

Event Agenda:

5th May 2010, Wednesday

6:45 pm - 9:15 pm

4 London based Venture Capitalists will explain the mechanics of venture capital industry and speak on topics relevant to entrepreneurs looking to raise external capital:

Each VC will speak for 30 minutes followed by Q&A

Confirmed Speakers so far include:

Charles Grimsdale, Partner & Co-Founder Eden Ventures

Charles was the Founder of On Demand distribution (OD2), a digital music distribution provider which powers the digital music services of many major online brands, which was acquired by Loudeye in 2004 and subsequently by Nokia in 2006. Charles spends most of his time looking at opportunities in the digital media space. Charles is responsible for Eden's investments in Basekit, blinkBox, Secerno, theFilter and We7. Charles is also on Seedcamp's selection panel.

Hussein Kanji, Ex Accel Partners

Hussein spent four years with Accel Partners in Europe, where he invested in Playfish, United Mobile, BountyJobs, Dapper, Netvibes and a still-in-stealth-mode open source risk management startup. A background in Silicon Valley and in enterprise software and consumer internet products influences his venture capital work. He was involved with the Accel's investments in Dapper, Netvibes, Njini and The Cloud, and was an observer on the boards of The Cloud and Njini . Prior to joining Accel, Hussein held several roles at Microsoft Corporation, where he was involved in a leadership program won for his work on its speech recognition business, Sun Microsystems and a bevy of startups. He has an MBA from London Business School and a BS from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems. Hussein is currently a board member of Byhiras and Nivio, two startups in Europe, and spends his time between London and San Francisco. He is an avid blogger

Reshma Sohoni, CEO Seedcamp

Reshma joined Seedcamp as CEO from the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions. Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking (Broadview) and venture capital (Softbank). View Reshma's presentation on Seedcamp here.


2 more speakers yet to be confirmed.


How do VCs choose their investments? Investment Philiosophy and Criteria

How should entrepreneurs select the right investor?

How do VC backed firms create superior value and returns for investors? Select Case Studies

Pre- money and post-money valuation, dilution issues on successive rounds of funding

Routes to a successful VC exit.

Networking Reception:

9:15 pm onwards


London Business School

Regent Park


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