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High-growth funding broadcast
Wed 5 April 2017, 14:30 – 17:30 BST
Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs, Barclays
Richard Heggie is Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs at Barclays, supporting fast growing UK start-ups and their founders. In his role he looks after a team dedicated to accelerating the growth UK scale-ups. Prior to this, Richard held a number of roles within Barclays Investment and Barclays Wealth Banking teams. Before joining Barclays Richard worked for Merrill Lynch. Richard was recently appointed as an Associate in Entrepreneurship for the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Investment Manager, Octopus Investments
Octopus Ventures is a leading European VC based in London and New York investing into unusually talented teams intent on building businesses that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. In recent years OV has been fortunate to back the founding teams of over 50 companies across Europe including Zoopla Property Group, Secret Escapes, SwiftKey and graze.com. OV can invest from £250,000 to £25 million in a first round of funding and invests around $100m a year.
Will joined Octopus around 4 years ago after launching a successful alcoholic drinks business and a brief spell as a pig farmer. Will works with a range of portfolio companies as well as looking for new investment opportunities. He also spent a period working in the New York office helping companies refine their strategies for US launch and working operationally to help companies succeed in the US.
CEO, UK Business Angels Association
Jenny is CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early-stage investing, representing over 18,000 investors around the UK. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating SMEs’ access to investment, both in the UK and internationally. She ran her own consultancy on access to finance for SMEs, including spending nine years based in Brussels, working closely with the EC. In 2009, Jenny co-founded Angel Capital Group which incorporates London Business Angels, one of the most established and active angel networks in the UK.
Jenny is an angel investor and in her role at UKBAA she focuses on building the angel community around the UK, connecting investors to good deal flow and assisting entrepreneurs to attract investors. Jenny sits on the steering group for emerging technologies and innovations for Innovate UK and the advisory board for the London Co-Investment Fund. Jenny is an experienced speaker on angel investing and entrepreneurship both in the UK and internationally. She has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jenny was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to small businesses.
Chief Investment Officer, Syndicate Room
As Chief Investment Officer at SyndicateRoom, James started his career at a boutique investment firm, originally as investment analyst and quickly moving to investment manager. He’s also built up his own private investment portfolio, while starting and selling companies. James is also a mechanical and electronics engineer with experience designing and developing products for world-leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Pfizer and British American Tobacco.
Sam founded TBAT in 2002, as a broad based consultancy supporting the SME sector. Over five years TBAT evolved into the innovation driving enterprise it is today, focusing on helping companies throughout the cradle to grave of new product and process innovation.
Passionate about engineering from an early age, Sam was tinkering with lawnmower powered go-karts and radio controlled aircrafts. This passion still continues today through vintage and classic car restoration.
He started my career at Rolls-Royce Aerospace as a graduate and manufacturing engineer before moving across to Rolls Royce and Associates as a Development and Project Engineer. Four great years designing and implementing repairs to the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet delivered a wealth of engineering and an appreciation of real-life deployments of new technology in demanding environments. Three years project management of gas turbine development and test at Alstom further expanded his skill set and knowledge.
Now, Sam heads up Business Development and R&D Tax Credits.
When not rebuilding and racing vintage cars, you’ll find him spending time with my wife and two children.
Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs, Barclays PLC
Juliet Rogan leads a team of over 50 dedicated High Growth & Entrepreneur Relationship Directors across the UK, to support high-growth companies from start-ups, to scale up to IPO. Over the last 6 years Juliet has worked across Barclays Corporate and Investment bank, specialising in the Tech Media and Telecoms Sector and played an integral role in building Barclays’ high growth franchise and venture debt product. Previously Director for Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team, she has worked with a portfolio of some of the most exciting tech companies in London including Blippar and Kano. She joined Barclays in 2010 after qualifying as an accountant at KPMG.
Join us for networking, drinks, food and get answers to your funding questions.
Making sense of the high growth funding zoo: How to pick the right investor for growth
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Eagle Lab, 1 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QU
Your business is scaling, your team is growing and it's time to make the next big decision to accelerate growth. Faced with a vast array of funding options and substantial growth potential, it can be tricky to identify who would be the best investor for your company.
Is a Venture Capitalist the right option, or perhaps an Angel Investor with previous market experience? Should you be exploring government grants, or is debt financing a better route to growth? With Birmingham successfully retaining it's status as one of the UK's start-up hotspots, it has never been a better time to explore the opportunities available to high-growth businesses looking to expand.
Barclays has teamed up with a number of experts to support you in navigating the options. We hope you can join us for an evening of discussion, networking and debate where we will be joined by specialist panellists, including: The Syndicate Rooms; UK Business Angels Association; Octopus Ventures and Grant Funding Platform TBAT.