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Venture Capital Forum 2021

12 - 13 Oct 2021
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Day 1 - 14 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

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

Day 2 - 15 Oct 2020

10:00 – 10:30

Market Outlook from Conference Chair

Greg Revenu Managing Partner, Bryan, Garnier & Co

10:30 – 11:15

How to survive in a downturn, from those who have done it!

A panel of leading VCs share their views and experience on managing a crisis and the key factors in ensuring resilience and recovery.

Anne Glover Chief Executive and Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners

Regina Hodits Managing Partner, Wellington Partners Life Sciences

Antoine Papiernik Managing Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Carles Ferrer Roqueta General Partner, Nauta Capital

Jan-Gisbert Schultze Founding Partner, Acton Capital

11:30 – 12:00

Keynote: The Impact of Corporates/CVC on European VCs & Startups

Corporate/CVC investors have become a significant integral part of the entrepreneurial and VC ecosystem, participating in VC-rounds representing 25-50% of total VC investment value and 10-20% of deal-count in Europe, U.S. Israel and APAC. What impact do Corporates/CVC investments have on their portfolio internationalization, growth, deal-size, valuations, exits and deal performance? How does Europe differ from other global innovation hotbeds? What do LPs and GPs need to know on Corporates/CVC participation?

Martin Haemmig Adj. Professor, CeTIM & Global Network Partner, GLORAD

12:15 – 13:15

Is this the right time to invest in European VC?

What is the outlook for the next 10 years? How do LPs access new opportunities? What distinguishes the European VC ecosystem? A panel of leading LPs discuss their views and insights.

Eric de Montgolfier CEO, Invest Europe

Thomas Kristensen Principal, LGT Capital Partners

Stanislas Subra Manager of Alternative Investments, MACSF

Stefan Fallgren Senior Investment Manager, Private Equity, Skandia

Natalia Fontecha Managing Director, StepStone

14:15 – 14:45

Keynote: The European Tech Ecosystem - Where are we now?

The Founder & CEO of one of Europe's leading tech VCs will provide an update on the state of the European ecosystem and a look to the future.

Klaus Hommels Founder & Chairman, Lakestar

15:00 – 15:45

Roundtable: Doing deals virtually

Covid-19 has pushed us all to operate virtually, to an extent unimaginable before now. Join this interactive roundtable to learn more about recent fund manager experiences of committing to new investments and fundraising entirely virtually and to discuss the implications for the future.

Max Bautin Managing Partner, IQ Capital

Haakon Overli Co-Founder & General Partner, Dawn Capital

15:00 – 15:45

Rountable: Fundraising trends

An open discussion on recent trends, impact of Covid-19 on fundraising and the outlook going forward.

Anna Serafini Head of Private Equity & Venture Capital, Sabadell Asset Management a company of Amundi

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

Ian Connatty Managing Director, British Patient Capital

16:15 – 17:15

Succession Planning

What are the key factors in successful succession planning? Where are the pitfalls? What are is the LP perspective on succession planning and what are their expectations?

Till Burges Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

Xavier Lazarus Partner, Elaia

Christina Brinck Investment Director, AP6

Björn Odlander Founding Partner, Healthcap

William van Eesteren Managing Director, Wilshire Private Markets


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