IWiB Global Club: Investing in Women as an Angel or through a VC fund

IWiB Global Club: Investing in Women as an Angel or through a VC fund

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Sophie Bertin, Global Co-President of IWiB discusses gender imbalance in venture capital with Kamal Hassan, Founding Partner of Loyal VC

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Investing in Women, as an Angel or through a VC fund

Wednesday 15 June

12:00-13:00 EDT, 17:00 – 18:00 London, 18:00 – 19:00 Paris, 20:00 - 21:00 Abu Dhabi, 00:00 – 01:00 Singapore

Join the INSEAD Women in Business Global Club and Loyal VC for this informational webinar discussing gender imbalance in venture capital, why diversity is the key to success, and how to overcome investing bias resulting in financial freedom for women globally.

This discussion will cover the following questions and more:

  • What are the private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and angel asset classes?
  • Why do top investors include these private market assets in their portfolio?
  • Do women invest less in private markets, why and does it matter?
  • Why do women entrepreneurs systematically get excluded from funding?
  • Do women entrepreneurs offer better returns than men, and if so, why?
  • How should you change your investing approach to (also) fund women?
  • What is Loyal's approach to VC investing and the unique strategy behind it?
  • Q&A

Kamal Hassan (MBA 93D), Founding Partner at Loyal VC, is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. After graduating top of his INSEAD MBA class and winning the Ford Prize in 1993, and working at Bain & Co, Kamal went on to found five businesses over 20 years. He also spent 15 years as an angel investor, and mentored over 200 companies and designed accelerator programs as a Global Director with the Founder Institute accelerator. He has also guest lectured on entrepreneurship and venture capital at four universities. Kamal co-launched the Loyal Startup Index Fund in 2018, which now has in excess of 220 investments across more than 50 countries.

The Loyal Startup Index Fund has delivered strong returns since its launch in 2018, thanks to its collaborative, staged investment process, its network of over 500 global advisors, and its partnerships with the Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed accelerator, and INSEAD, rated the #1 non-US business school for unicorn founders by Pitchbook. Loyal's global start-up index fund is inclusive of a diverse, often mission-driven, group of entrepreneurs. To date, over 30% of the portfolio have a woman CEO, almost 30% are from emerging markets, and around 80% address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Sophie Bertin (MBA 02J) is an entrepreneur and founded Serapy and the online solution CompCQ aiming to gamify compliance training. She is also senior advisor to Covington&Burling in their Antitrust practice and to Bain in their Financial Services practice, and owner of Parnima Consulting. She has over 25 years of professional experience. She is expert on helping clients, predominantly in financial services, with strategy, reorganisation, risk management and compliance, as well back-office operations and automation. She has worked in many European countries, and has co-led the task force Financial Crisis at the European Commission during the financial crisis of 2008-2014. She then came back to the private sector to become an entrepreneur.

Sophie has been an active and passionate volunteer ever since graduating from INSEAD, first with the Belgian National Alumni Association, and then at the global level, where she has just completed six years as a member of the IAA ExCo and VP of Global Clubs. She set up the INSEAD Global Women in Business club in 2016 of which she is a co-president; Sophie is a strong advocate for the role of women in business and the importance of accelerating gender balance, inclusive leadership and culture in organisations.

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