The  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 who are interested in speaking on the programme, should  complete this form or contact Steinar Liverud to discuss sponsorship of the event.

2019 Venture Capital Forum Agenda



16 October 2019 - Wednesday



14:30 - 17:00 Innovation Showcase (invitation only)

Organised in collaboration with Choose Paris Region, the showcase is 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’s innovation ecosystem 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:
14:30 Arrival/Check-in
14:45 Welcome remarks by Invest Europe and Choose Paris Region
15:00 Featured Presentations
17:00 Close



19:30 LP/VC Rotating Networking Dinner (invitation only) - Hôtel d'Evreux, Place Vendôme


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.



17 October 2019 - Thursday


08:30 - 9:30 LP Breakfast & Workshop (invitation only) - Verso - Centre de Conférences

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.





Performance in Private Equity: an Overview of European and US performance and trends

Ross Morrison, Partner, Adams Street Partners

Followed by an open floor discussion:

  • What role do LPs play in the continued growth of European VC?
  • Navigating the sea of first time fund managers
  • Lessons learned from investing in European VC
  • Building confidence in European VC vs other global regions


Close of breakfast workshop
Moderator: Joe Schorge, Founder & Managing Partner, Isomer Capital


 Main Conference - Part 1 

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


Welcome remarks
Patricia Delaney, Membership, Events & Training Director, Interim CEO, Invest Europe


Market Outlook by Conference Chair
Greg Revenu, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Bryan, Garnier & Co.


Opening Keynote

Pascal Cagni, French Ambassador for International Investment, Chairman of the Board of Business France


France as a blue print for European VC evolution

VC fundraising in France has tripled over the past 5 years to reach €2.2bn in 2018, representing 20% of all European VC fundraising. [source: EDC/Invest Europe]. Following his keynote, Pascal Cagni will moderate a discussion with leaders from the French VC ecosystem to identify the key factors in this success story, the lessons that can be applied to other countries and regions and the next steps and challenges in sustaining and expanding the VC sector in France.

Jean Bourcereau, General Partner and President, Ventech; Invest Europe Board Member
Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner, Sofinnova Partners; France Invest Board member
Fleur Pellerin, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Korelya Capital
Roxanne Varza, Director, STATION F
Moderator: Pascal Cagni, French Ambassador for International Investment, Chairman of the Board of Business France


LPs on VC: Capitalising on the Momentum

A panel of experienced investors will engage in an in-depth discussion on the recent evolution of European venture capital and the future trends and approaches to sustain its growth and performance.

Lisa Edgar, Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
Ian Connatty, Managing Director, Funds, British Patient Capital
Henri de Perignon, Co-founder & CEO, Quadrille Capital
Anna Serafini, Head of PE & VC, Sabadell Asset Management 
Moderator: Anne Gherini, Vice-President, Affinity


EIF Keynote

Venture Capital performance is at record highs. EIF’s comprehensive data analysis of the trends in the industry is an invaluable snapshot to assess where the industry moving and captures in clear and condense charts the value proposition of investing in European venture.

Uli Grabenwarter, Director - Equity Investments, European Investment Fund


12:45 Lunch & Roundtable Discussions

These sessions are small group working sessions held over lunch. Each roundtable covers a specific theme and the moderated discussion allows a frank exchange of views on the topic. Please note that space at each roundtable is limited. Delegates will be requested to sign up for the roundtable of their choice to ensure a place. 

  • Fundraising Trends
    Moderator: Alexandre Alfonsi, Axonia
  • First Time Funds
    Moderator: Kinga Stanislawska, Managing Partner, Founder, Experior Venture Fund
  • Public-Private Partnership: matching fund, funds of funds and other structures of investments
    Moderator: Renato Giallombardo, Partner, Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners


 Main Conference - Part 2 


Be the LP: The Strategies Bringing European VC to the Next Level

In this interactive and informative session, the audience acts as the LP choosing the next strategy to back. The presentations will be framed around three parameters:

  • Economic Impact / Growth Potential
  • Areas of Distinction
  • Innovation ("wow" factor)

Pauline Roux, Partner, Elaia Partners (AI)
Eric Archambeau, Co-Founder, Astanor Ventures (AgTech)
Max Bautin, Managing Partner, IQ Capital Partners (Deep Tech)
Bruno Montanari, Partner, Seroba Life Sciences (Life Sciences)
Moderator: Joe Schorge, Founder & Managing Partner, Isomer Capital



Lionel Assant, Senior Managing Director and European Head of Private Equity, Blackstone


Industry Transformation: Increasing Ticket Sizes and New Models

The emergence of a growth equity market and additional funding sources are bridging the financing gaps and providing much needed later stage financing for Europe’s start-ups. What is needed to grow and sustain this trend, to and past the next cycle?

Maïlys Ferrère, Director Large Venture Investment, Bpifrance
Jeremy Green, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Redmile Group
Adam M Koppel, Managing Director, Bain Capital Life Sciences
David Nicault, Director, Bridgepoint
Moderator: Dr Marcus Peter, Partner, GSK Stockmann


Coffee break


 Main Conference - Part 3 


CEO/VC Fireside chat

Hervé Brailly, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Co-Founder, Innate Pharma
Katya Smirnyagina, Executive Director Health-tech Fund, Capricorn Partners, Chair of Invest Europe VC Council
Moderator: Pierre Kiecolt-Wahl, Partner & Managing Director, ECM, Bryan, Garnier & Co.


The New Models and Funding Sources in European VC

LPs and VCs will explore how the dynamics of European VC are evolving:

  • How are European VCs innovating operating models and investment strategies to capitalise on market conditions, get ahead of trends and deliver returns to their LPs?
  • What needs to change? What must remain the same?
  • Convergence and collaboration – how can the industry unblur the lines and work together to capitalize on opportunities?

Dr Ulrich Geilinger, Head of Private Equity, HBM Partners AG
Fidel Manolopoulos, Principal, Hermes GPE
Paul Miller, Managing Director, Principal Investing, Legal & General Capital
Natalia Fontecha, Managing Director, StepStone Group
Moderator: Anne Glover, CEO & Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners


Closing remarks and close of conference