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Venture Capital Forum 2021

12 - 13 Oct 2021


Print Agenda

The agenda is currently in development, under the leadership of the LP/GP Advisory Task Force, and will be updated regularly. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact us here.

Peripheral and networking events will take place on 12 October, with the conference sessions taking place on 13 October at the Verso Conference Centre.

Day 1 12 Oct 2021
Day 2 13 Oct 2021
08:30 – 09:30

LP Breakfast: Working with Governmental LPs: A conversation on the keys to successful collaboration

Open exclusively to LP delegates and discussion held under the Chatham House Rule

New governmental funding programmes have been launched to support the post-covid recovery. What are the key factors influencing LPs decision to invest alongside government investors? What are the implications and the potential challenges for other LPs? For funds and portfolio companies?

Jörg Goschin Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director, KfW Capital

Martin Bresson Public Affairs Director, Invest Europe

David Dana Head of Tech VC Investments, EIF

Florent Debienne Head of Innovation Funds Investments, Bpifrance Investissement

09:30 – 09:45


Eric de Montgolfier CEO, Invest Europe

Greg Revenu Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Bryan, Garnier & Co

09:45 – 10:15

Market Overview : the latest trends in the European VC ecosystem

Greg Revenu Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Bryan, Garnier & Co

10:15 – 10:45

France: The tech springboard of Europe


Following the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the environmental transition, a new wave of innovation is on its way. Europe must prepare itself to be at the front of this new wave in which deep tech will have a key role. The European tech has had numerous successes during the last months, but to have a greater impact on the world scale, initiatives such as harmonization will be welcome.

Pascal Cagni Chairman of the Board, Business France

10:45 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15

Exit markets- where are we going?

Now that European VC has finally cracked the DPI barrier, how has the exit market evolved? What is the mix of trade sale/IPO? Will SPACs become a force in Europe? How long will the current trends continue?

Anne Glover CEO and Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners

Pauline Roux Partner, Elaia

Antoine Papiernik Chairman & Managing Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Sander Slootweg Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Forbion

Cem Sertoglu Managing Partner, Earlybird

12:15 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:15

Fund Manager selection - what key differentiators matter to LPs?

With European VC reaching a new level of maturity and increasing competition, how do LPs differentiate fund managers? What elements beyond performance are considered and how can an emerging manager stand out in the crowd?

Patrick Polak Managing Partner, Newion Partners

Brian Defee Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

Francisco Velázquez CEO and President, Axon Partners Group

Ian Connatty Managing Director, British Patient Capital

14:15 – 15:00

Impact Investment - what strategies have developed and what are LPs looking for?

As the focus on impact has grown, a range of strategies have emerged. Have these strategies carried over to returns? What do LPs take into consideration and how can GPs demonstrate and respond to new demands?

Mathilde Ostertag Partner, GSK Stockmann

Erin Sarret Director, StepStone Group

Nazo Moosa Managing Partner, EIP

Remy de Tonnac Partner, ETF Partners

Catherine Dupéré Partner, Isomer Capital

15:00 – 15:30

Networking Break

15:30 – 16:15

"Be the LP" - Battle of the sectors

In this annual "battle of the sectors", prominent GPs promote a sector for investment. This year: Spacetech, Edutech, Workflow automation, Digital Health - where would you invest?

Joe Schorge Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Marie-Christine Levet President, Educapital

Rouven Dresselhaus Managing Partner, Cavalry Ventures

Emmanuel Daugeras Venture Partner, Karista

Gordon Euller Partner, APEX Digital Health

16:15 – 17:00

EIF Performance Data

A view of the latest data and insights from the EIF.

Uli Grabenwarter Deputy Director-Equity Investments, EIF

17:00 – 17:15

Conference Close

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