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 - 17:30 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’s 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:
14:30 Arrival/Check-in
14:45 Welcome remarks by Invest Europe
15:00 Featured Presentations
17:30 Close


18:00 Venture Capital Forum Opening Party


Open to Venture Capital Forum attendees and other Paris ecosystem participants, this opening party is a casual gathering of the key players in the local ecosystem.


19:30 LP/GP 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 - 10:00 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.


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
10:00 Close of breakfast workshop


 Main Conference - Part 1 

09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Coffee & Roundtables

These sessions are small group working sessions, held under Chatham House rule. Please note that participation is limited. Please reserve your seat to assure that you can participate in your preferred discussion table.

  • Fundraising Trends
  • First Time Funds / Emerging Funds
  • Convergence and Collaboration Across Sectors


Welcome remarks by Invest Europe and Conference Chair



Pascal Cagni, Chairman of the Board at Business France. Founder & CEO at C4 Ventures


France as a blue print for European VC evolution

The panel will be comprised of French GPs, a French founder, and international GPs who are taking the deep dive into the French market

  • What lessons can be applied to growing an ecosystem and attracting leading international investors?
  • Capital and talent and… - what’s the recipe to success? What is needed to further grow the ecosystem and attract larger rounds of later stage funding?

Jean Bourcereau, General Partner and President, Ventech; Invest Europe Board Member
Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner & President, Sofinnova Partners; France Invest Board Member
Fleur Pellerin, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Korelya Capital
Roxanne Varza, Director, STATION F
Moderator: Pascal Cagni, Chairman of the Board at Business France. Founder & CEO at C4 Ventures


LPs on VC: Capitalising on the Momentum

A panel of experienced and prolific venture capital investors will take a closer look at how the industry has evolved and what is essential to delivering returns. Possible discussion points include:

  • Go local or go global?
  • Pure product approach or multifunds approach?
  • Where do emerging managers fit in the mix?
  • What should European GPs be doing better?
  • What change is needed in the European VC market to catapult/sustain growth?

Jessica Archibald, Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners​​
Ian Connatty, Managing Director, Funds, British Patient Capital
Henri de Perignon, Co-founder and President, Quadrille Capital
Benjamin Paternot, Executive Director, Fund of Funds, Bpifrance
Joe Schorge, Founder and Managing Partner, Isomer Capital


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, Deputy Director, Equity Investments, EIF


Lunch with Optional Table Topics: Sectors, Regions and Strategies

 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. Each set of presenters will have 8 minutes to build a case for their sector/strategy plus 2 minutes of Q&A. The presentations will be framed around three parameters:

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

Pauline Roux, Partner, Elaia Partners (AI)
Max Bautin, Partner, IQ Capital (Deep Tech)
Bruno Montanari, Partner, Seroba Life Sciences (Life Sciences)



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, BPI France
Jeremy Green, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Redmile Group
Adam M Koppel, Managing Director, Bain Capital Life Sciences
David Nicault, Director, Bridgepoint
David Thevenon, Partner, Softbank Investment Advisers


Coffee break

16:00-18:00 Corporate Venture Capital Summit (invitation only)

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


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


 Main Conference - Part 3 


CEO/VC fireside chat

Speaker and Interviewer TBD


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 capitilise 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 capitalizes on opportunities?

Dr Ulrich Geilinger, Head of Private Equity, HBM Partners AG
Fidel Manolopoulos, Vice-President, Hermes GPE
Paul Miller, Managing Director, Principal Investing, Legal & General Capital


Closing remarks and close of conference