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Investment Futures 24

12.30 Networking & lunch plus the opportunity to meet the pitching company founders 

13.30 Welcome and intro to IMPACT-IP – a new programme set to revolutionise commercialisation

13.45 One-minute investment pitches from 11 companies

14.00 Roundtable discussions (session one)

  • Corporates and VCs working together – should corporates just invest in funds or come alongside as a co-investor?
    Facilitator: Jim Mawson, CEO, Global Corporate Venturing
  • Spin-out review – so what? How does this shape the landscape going forward?
    Facilitator: Tamsin Mann, Head of Policy and Governance, PraxisAuril
  • Impact vs ESG – Which do you prioritise in your portfolio? Does either make a difference in return on investment?
    Ed Phillips, Partner, Future Planet Capital

15.00 One-minute investment pitches from 11 companies

15.15 Coffee break & networking

16.00 Roundtable discussions (session two)

  • Can the UK and Europe compete with the rest of the World with the level of investment available? Are we in danger of our best companies moving further afield for investment?
    Lauren Crawley-Moore, Senior Business Development Manager, London Stock Exchange
  • Building a more inclusive fundraising ecosystem: challenges and opportunities ahead
    Facilitator: Brianna Bao, Simsan Ventures
  • How can we deepen the connections between investors and tech transfer offices to speed up the commercialisation of research into the marketplace?
    Diana Galpin, Director of Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange, University of Southampton

17.00 Networking & drinks reception

18.30 Event closes

Meet our roundtable discussion facilitators

Tamsin Mann

Head of Policy & Governance at PraxisAuril

Tamsin is Head of Policy & Governance at PraxisAuril, the UK’s national association for Knowledge Exchange professionals. Her work with members and sector stakeholders explores the changing expectations of knowledge exchange to understand how PraxisAuril can support the needs of the membership now and in the future and inform KE policy and funding to do the same.  She represents PrA as a speaker at sector events and initiatives, notably contributing to the development and implementation of the UK’s KE Concordat.

Tamsin joined PrA after a decade at the University of Cambridge, working with major R&D funders and industry partners in a variety of KE projects. She spearheaded KE activities with arts, humanities and social sciences disciplines, including a project with the UK’s Arts & Humanities funding council (AHRC) to understand motivations, incentives and impact from knowledge exchange in those areas and a project managing a large-scale collaborative initiative in digital humanities. She has a background in languages, marketing and policy engagement.


Ed Phillips

Investment Director at Future Planet Capital

Ed is an Investment Director at Future Planet Capital where he manages the Blue Ocean fund and sits on the Investment Committees for flagship Future Planet Capital funds and the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund. He is a Director at Captura, and has led investments into companies including NeoVac, Queen of Raw, Vaarst/RovCo., Aria Pharmaceuticals, Navenio and Vaccitech (NASDAQ) the Oxford spin-out behind the COVID-19 vaccine with 3 billion doses now made available worldwide.

As part of the founding team at Future Planet Capital, he helped grow the firm from a $20M experiment fund to over $400m in committed capital today. He has led investments for a number of strategies, including a Pandemic response micro-fund with Barclays, followed by an ocean focussed fund for the government of Monaco. He also developed Future Planet Capital’s partnership with Seedrs to become the first VC firm to democratise investment into its management company.

Ed has previously been a Venture Fellow and Scout for a leading US deeptech accelerator and the UK’s most active seed investor. Before Future Planet Capital he spent time researching molecular genetics at Hong Kong University and received a 1st (Hons) in Biological Sciences at Bristol University, where he was President of Bristol Think and joint first for the Liv Sidse Jansen Prize for his work into the impact of Climate Change on marine ecosystems.


Lauren Crawley-Moore

Regional Lead, London & The South, UK Primary Markets London Stock Exchange Plc

Lauren Crawley-Moore heads regional coverage for London and the South within the Primary Markets team. Lauren is responsible for providing guidance to ambitious private companies and their investors in their initial and on-going assessment of a potential IPO strategy. Lauren is responsible for leading the portfolio in London and the South region across AIM and the Main Market.  Lauren works with key stakeholders including companies and the corporate advisory, Private Equity and VC communities – including nominated advisers, sponsors, lawyers, and accountants.

Lauren has held a variety of roles at the LSEG, most recently as Head of Group Campaigns & Events, notably spearheading the inception and development of the Market Open experience for companies, and leading the Companies to Inspire projects, that focus on the promotion of private and public business in the growth sector across the UK and Africa.


Brianna Bao

Founder of Plantin

Brianna Bao is an early stage deep tech investor and also founded Platin, an early stage AI startup. As a Forbes-featured VC specialising in supporting underrepresented founders, Brianna actively promotes DEI as well as democratisation within the tech industry through her mentorship roles at various accelerators, including Zinc VC, Google for Startup Black Founders’ Fund, and Tech Nations’ Libra Programme.

Brianna is the Diversity Lead at University of Oxford’s Founders & Funders, a highly curated community bridging the gap between science and business, where Brianna cohosted a Webinar Series on “Investing in Underrepresented Founders”.

Brianna holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London and a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Education from New York University, following a double major in mathematics and physics. Prior to embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, Brianna served as one of the earliest Math for America Fellows, teaching mathematics and coding to underprivileged students in New York City.

Currently, Brianna is involved in Girls Are Investors (GAIN) and is a passionate advocate for girls in STEM. She firmly believes in transformative potential of deep tech and actively promotes STEM education and learning throughout her career.


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