The 2018 agenda is currently in development, under the leadership of the advisory task force. If you are interested in speaking on the programme, please complete the speaker submission form.  Service providers interested in speaking on the programme, please contact Steinar Liverud by filling in this form to discuss sponsorship of the event.

VC Forum 2018 Preliminary Programme Outline


Here's the latest version of the 2018 agenda.


18 October - Thursday


14:45 - 17:30 Innovation Showcase 

Open exclusively to limited partners in venture capital funds (and institutional investors looking to invest in venture) and Invest Europe member GPs, this programme is limited to 50 participants (max 15 GPs) and is an opportunity to experience first-hand Paris’ innovation hubs and the dynamic individuals carving the city’s VC success story.


For more details on this programme, please email All participants must be registered to attend the Venture Capital Forum.


Planned itinerary:
14:45 Arrival/Check-in
15:00 Spotlight on Paris’s Startup Successes
16:30 Transfer to Station F
17:00 Station F Presentation & Tours
17:30 Close


18:00 New Event - Opening Cocktail Party -  Station F - All Delegates are invited


Invest Europe and France Digitale invite you to kick-off the Venture Capital Forum at Station F, the world's largest startup campus, and an integral part of France's push to foster homegrown entrepreneurship. Primarily backed by investor Xavier Niel, and home to several Invest Europe member firms, Station F serves as the ideal location to launch the day and a half that will celebrate French and pan-European VC.


19:45 LP/GP Rotating Networking Dinner (invitation only) - UK Ambassador’s Residence in Paris


The British Ambassador to France is welcoming select Invest Europe delegates to the official residence, located at 39 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, just a few blocks down from the Élysée Palace. It was built in 1720 and bought by the Duke of Wellington in 1814 from Napoleon's sister, Princess Borghese, including most of the furnishings.  The Ambassador will be present to welcome guests.

There is a 1-to-3 ratio of LPs to GPs at this dinner and seating will be assigned to assure an even distribution of guests. All LP delegates will be invited to the dinner. To preserve the ratio, only Invest Europe-member fund managers will be invited to the dinner and at a capacity basis. We recommend registering for the Forum early as invitations will be sent out on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the security requirements, we will confirm availability before an official invitation is extended.

Due to security restrictions at the UK Ambassador’s Residence, a printed copy of your invitation to the dinner is required for entry. We cannot make onsite exceptions to this as security will be managed by the residence.



19 October - Friday


08:30 - 09:30 LP Breakfast & Workshop (invitation only) - Pullman Tour Eiffel


Open exclusively to limited partners in venture capital funds (and institutional investors looking to invest in venture), this is a closed-door discussion on how to effectively navigate the asset class.


Preliminary agenda:
08:30 Welcome
08:45 Open Floor Discussion
     •What role do LPs play to catapult Europe venture to the next stage
     •Navigating the sea of first time fund managers
     •Lessons learned from investing in European VC
     •Building confidence in European VC vs other global regions
09:30 Close of breakfast workshop


09:00 Badge Pick Up Opens & Welcome Coffee


09:30 Welcome Remarks by conference chairman

Gregoire Revenu, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Bryan, Garnier & Co


09:45 Opening Remarks - Europe Has Never Been Better

Nenad Marovac, Founder & Managing Partner, DN Capital and Chairman, Invest Europe


10:00 The Road Ahead: Investing in France and Beyond

Nicolas Dufourcq, CEO, Bpifrance


10:45 Opening Keynote - Why VCs should (and have to) be more helpful

Brent Hoberman, Executive Chairman, Founders Factory


11:15 Investors’ Views on VC: Why European VC?

Désirée Cachette, Founding Partner and Managing Director, Cachette Capital Management
Thomas Kristensen, Executive Director, LGT Capital Partners
Joe Schorge, Founder and Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Moderator: Jean Bourcereau, Managing Partner, Ventech 


12:00 Surfing the wave…how close to the crest?

Ulrich Grabenwarter, Director – Equity Investments, European Investment Fund


12:45 Table Topic Luncheon: Sectors, Regions, Strategies

Interested in leading a roundtable, let us know.


13:45 Founder Keynote

Pierre Kiecolt-Wahl, Managing Director, Bryan, Garnier & Co
Edwin Moses, CEO, Ablynx


14:15 Panel: Going Global

Philippe Chambon, Venture Partner, LBOFrance
Benjamin Joffe, Partner, SOSV / HAX
Eric Martineau-Fortin, Managing Partner, White Star Capital
Pauline Roux, Partner, Elaia Partners
Yaron Valler, General Partner, Target Global

Moderator: Katya Smirnyagina, Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners


15:00 Keynote

Klaus Hommels, Founder & CEO, Lakestar


15:30 Coffee break


15:45 Corporate Venture Capital Summit (invitation only) - Venue: Pullman Tour Eiffel

The CVC Summit is an annual gathering for corporate venture capital firms. CVC firms registered for the Venture Capital Forum are invited to attend this event.


15:45 Check-in
16:00 Welcome by the chairs
16:15 Discussion Panel
17:00 Snapshot from a local corporate venture
17:30 Closing discussion


For more details on this programme, or if you wish to only take part in the CVC Summit and not the entire Venture Capital Forum, please email


Check-in for the CVC Summit will open at 15:45


15:50 Invest Europe Keynote - Working Together to Promote VC

Michael Collins, CEO, Invest Europe


16:10 Panel: Fresh Perspectives, New Approaches

Clara Bullrich, Co-founder, Venture City
Anne-Sophie Carrese, Partner, Elaia Partners
Shirin Dehghan, Partner, Frog Capital
Ingrid Teigland Akay, Managing Partner, HadeanVentures

Moderator: Gail McManus, Managing Director, Private Equity Recruitment (PER)


17:00 Keynote Interview

Felda Hardymon, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Nenad Marovac, Founder & Managing Partner, DN Capital and Chairman, Invest Europe


17:30 French Ecosystem

Frédéric Mazzella, Founder, BlablaCar and Vice President, France Digitale


18:00 Closing remarks and close of conference




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