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Venture Capital Forum 2020

14 - 15 Oct 2020


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The agenda sessions below are displayed in Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).

Day 1 14 Oct 2020
Day 2 15 Oct 2020
11:00 – 11:15


Eric de Montgolfier CEO, Invest Europe

11:15 – 12:30

Current dynamics in European Venture Capital and their impact on fund strategies

Presentation of the latest data from the EIF from the past 6 months with a look at deal dynamics, the evolution of funding round sizes and price levels. What are the implications for VCs in terms of portfolio management and selection of investment strategy? What changes are needed and which innovations do VCs need to adopt to thrive?

Uli Grabenwarter Deputy Director – Equity Investments, EIF

Dina Chaya Partner, Neomed Management

Staffan Helgesson General Partner, Creandum

Nenad Marovac Founder, Managing Partner, DN Capital

Katya Smirnyagina Executive Director Capricorn Health-tech Fund, Capricorn Partners

12:30 – 13:45

Networking Break

13:45 – 14:25

Upgrading Competitiveness for Recovery : The imperatives for a new economic and business model.

A new world of competitiveness is emerging from the crisis. It creates vast opportunities for the daring. How will the economic and business environment influence the strategies of companies and governments? What do companies need to do to thrive? As closing keynote speech, Professor Stephane Garelli, Professor Emeritus at IMD and Founder of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, will look at the changes and challenges of the future and how leaders and companies can react to remain competitive.

Professor Stéphane Garelli Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness, IMD business school and at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

15:00 – 15:30

Fireside Chat with Founders: Themis Bioscience

Themis Bioscience is a vaccine development company based in Vienna, Austria. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has leveraged their vaccine platform technology to prioritize their work on the development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus strain that causes Covid-19. In this fireside chat, CEO and Founder, Eric Tauber, will discuss the company’s journey from VC-backed start-up to its acquisition by Merck in May 2020, as well as their on-going work in the fight against Covid-19.

Erich Tauber CEO & Founder, Themis Bioscience

Christina Pamberg Managing Partner, Alcyon Holding

15:30 – 16:00

Fireside Chat with Founders: Mirakl

Mirakl is the only marketplace SaaS platform that empowers both B2B and B2C organizations to launch and grow an enterprise marketplace at scale. On September 22nd the company announced that it has raised US$300 million at a valuation of over US$1.5 billion led by Permira and with participation from the company’s long term VC investors. In this session, Alexandre Margoline of Permira will chat with CEO Adrien Nussebaum, discussing the Mirakl development to date and the role venture capital support has played, the impact of Covid and the company’s response and the next steps as the company enters a new period of hypergrowth.

Adrien Nussebaum CEO, Mirakl

Alexandre Margoline Partner, Head of Paris, Permira

16:15 – 17:15

LP Panel: Making allocation decisions & the factors that differentiate VCs

What is the decision-making process for allocations? What are the unique selling points that differentiate VCs and convince LPs to change allocations?

Marcus Peter Partner, GSK Stockmann

Fidel Manolopoulos Principal, Hermes GPE

Miriam Schmitter Managing Director, Commonfund Capital

Joe Schorge Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Stephen Lowery Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

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