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Key Sessions

Klaus Hommels

The European tech ecosystem


Feb 26
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08:30 - 08:55 25 mins
Registration and welcome coffee
08:55 - 09:00 5 mins
Day 1
Chair's welcome address
  • Ekaterina Almasque - Venture Partner, OpenOcean
09:00 - 09:40 40 mins
Day 1
Keynote address
  • Brijesh Jeevarathnam - Partner & Co-Head of Global Venture Fund Investments, Adams Street Partners
09:40 - 10:10 30 mins
Day 1
The wider impact of technology: how do buyout funds, LPs and corporates utilise technology in more traditional sectors?

How is technology and digitalisation blurring the lines between private equity and venture capital? How are traditional industries being reshaped and how are GPs building their knowledge and tech expertise in order to stay ahead or at the very least, to keep up?

  • Moderator Ross Morrison - Partner, Adams Street Partners
  • Panellists Joe Schorge - Founder and Managing Partner, Isomer Capital
10:10 - 10:30 20 mins
Day 1
The European tech ecosystem
  • Keynote address Klaus Hommels - Founder, Lakestar
10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Morning coffee and networking break
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Day 1
Early stage: how many stages does early stage really encompass and how is the model evolving?

Micro VC, pre-seed, seed, seed+, bridge, pre-Series A, Series A: what does it all mean? Where is the model going? And how favourable is the regulatory environment to help early stage VCs and micro VCs operate in a lean way?

  • Moderator Chris Wade - Co-Founder & Partner, Isomer Capital
  • Panellists Malcolm Ferguson - Principal, Octopus Ventures
  • Ben Marrel - Managing Partner, Breega Capital
  • Yann Ranchere - Partner, Anthemis Group
  • Florian Schweitzer - CEO & Founder, btov Partners
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Day 1
Later stage: who is investing Series B and how do you know who to invest in?

How much of a gap is there in Series B capital or is this over-hyped and is the apparent gap due to the fact that once companies reach this stage it is more of a global playing field? And how do you make the decision to invest in a company at this stage – how do you know if it’s ready and where does it go next?

  • Panellists Richard Anton - Co-Founder and Partner, Oxx
  • Roma Ivaniuk - Managing Partner, GR Capital
  • Mike Reid - Managing Partner, Frog Capital
12:00 - 12:10 10 mins
Day 1
Hubs under the spotlight: the start-up and scale-up scene in Warsaw

Throughout the conference we will be taking a trip around some of the lesser-known European hubs, exploring the ecosystem and the opportunity set for venture capital in each city. First up, it’s Warsaw. 

  • Kinga Stanislawska - Founder, Managing Partner, Experior Venture Fund
12:10 - 12:40 30 mins
Day 1
Return expectations: what does good look like?

How do you define and benchmark returns? How much should your expectations differ depending on the stage you’re investing in? And what are the benefits of seeking superior returns versus quick returns?

  • Moderator Jeff Kelisky - CEO, Seedrs
  • Panellists Alex Bangash - Founder & CEO, Trusted Insight Inc
  • Ian Connatty - Director, Funds , British Business Bank
  • Reshma Sohoni - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Seedcamp
12:40 - 14:00 80 mins
Lunch and networking break + hosted roundtables

Lunch topic tables

1. Funding initiatives in Europe

2. The next big thing: technologies to watch out for

3. Impact investing: how to not sacrifice returns

Join 1 of 3 hosted lunch tables each with a distinct topic focus. 

Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration Desk from 08:30. 

  • 1. Ian Connatty - Director, Funds , British Business Bank
  • 2. Heinz Blennemann - Principal, Blennemann Family Investments
  • 2. Eric Buatois - General Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures
  • 3. Marie Weijler - Senior Manager, Princip.al
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
Day 1
Moving from a private to an institutional LP base

How do VCs manage this transition? How do you get a foot in the door when commercial LPs are hard to access and somewhat secretive about their activity?

  • Moderator Colette Ballou - Investor, Ballou Capital
  • Panellists Radu Georgescu - Founding Partner, Gecad Ventures
14:30 - 14:55 25 mins
Day 1
Entrepreneur perspectives: what does VC bring to the table?

What do entrepreneurs get from great VCs? Can venture capital be better and do better?

  • Stephen Bayer - Founder & CEO, Sofatutor
14:55 - 15:05 10 mins
Day 1
Hubs under the spotlight: the start-up and scale-up scene in Zagreb

The second city in our trip around some of Europe’s lesser-known hubs. 

  • Presentation Ivo Spigel - Co-founder, Tech.eu and ZIP
15:05 - 15:45 40 mins
Day 1
Pitch your sector

3 GPs with different sector specialisation will each take 5 minutes to explain their fund thesis and the sector behind it. LP judges will offer feedback on the delivery and concept and then the audience vote for the sector that has piqued their interest

  • LP Judge Heinz Blennemann - Principal, Blennemann Family Investments
  • GPs Mor Assia - GP of the iNgenuity Fund and Co-CEO, iAngels
  • Jan Borgstädt - Partner, JOIN Capital
15:45 - 16:15 30 mins
Afternoon refreshments and networking break
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
Day 1
Why diversity matters: the numbers behind the rhetoric

Realising the benefits of diversity: how can access to different ways of thinking lead to more profitable companies and therefore higher returns? What does the latest data say about the industry when looking at across multiple metrics and countries? And how can LPs screen VCs for diversity and team culture – should LPs be voting with their feet?

Introductory presentation: 15 minutes. Panel discussion: 30 minutes. 

Closed door session run under the Chatham House Rule. No press. No late admittance.  

  • Introductory presentation & Moderator Francesca Warner - Founding Partner, Ada Ventures
  • Panellists Hanna Naima McCloskey - Founder and CEO, Fearless Futures
17:00 - 17:30 30 mins
Day 1
Building and nurturing the right team culture and the right investment committee

How do GPs approach investment committee decision making and develop a culture of trust within their firm? To what extent are senior level employees working with and being challenged in a positive way by those that are more junior in the firm? Do GPs apply the same level of governance to themselves as they would to a portfolio company? And how can LPs learn about team culture during the due diligence process?

Closed door session run under the Chatham House Rule. No press. No late admittance.  

  • Panellists Andre de Haes - Founder & CEO, Backed VC
  • Sitar Teli - Managing Partner, Connect Ventures
  • Leila Zegna - Founding Partner, Kindred Capital
17:30 - 17:35 5 mins
End of SuperVenture Day One

Chair's closing remarks

17:35 - 19:00 85 mins
SuperVenture Networking Drinks Reception

Speed networking (17:30-18:00)

10 GPs and 10 LPs will have the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes before the timer sounds and the GPs rotate.

For LP registration, please contact Krystal Pierre at krystal.pierre@knect365.com. 

For GP registration, please use the sign-up sheet which will be available at the Registration Desk from 08:30 on Tuesday. 

Please note that this session will start promptly at 17:30 and if you are late you may lose your place.