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The Human Face of Venture Capital

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Time: 3.45pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Town House, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Various

The Human Face of Venture Capital

Meet the real people behind venture capital funds and learn how to access equity funding for your start-up.


Obtaining finance for a new business can be daunting, difficult confusing and opaque. Pre-revenue, post-revenue? Who to contact? How to impress them? Where do you start...?

At this event, we'll talk to some real life, surprisingly pleasant, venture capitalists who specialise in providing equity funding to high-growth start-up businesses or to businesses that have reached a position to scale-up fast.

Please arrive at 3:45pm for a 4:00pm start time.


Ian Roberts, Head of Kingston Business School, Kingston University

Matthew Cushen, Founding Partner at Worth Capital (and Kingston University graduate)

Jeffery Faustin, Partner at Jenson Funding Partners

Sarah Barber, Chief Executive Officer ay Jenson Funding Partners

Saket Narula, Investment Director at Fortunis Capital

David Woods, British Business Bank

What to expect

The panel will share insight into some of the choices business founders have for funding, how to get started and how they help entrepreneurs on their journeys. They will share some of their personal experiences, some of the challenges they faced and how they ended up as a venture capitalist.

They'll also be giving live feedback on a few business case studies for everyone to understand more on what venture capital firms are after, what it takes to impress them and what turns them off!

Meet the Venture Capitalists

After the panel discussion, there will be a unique opportunity for some founders who have already started their businesses to meet with one of the VCs for some 1-2-1 feedback. We'll ask you to provide some details on your business by 11 February (details of how to submit this information will be provided by email after you register) and the VCs will select a few which interest them to meet on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not an application for funding and due to limited availability, not all applications will be selected for a 1-2-1 session. If you are selected, your 1-2-1 time slot will be confirmed by email a few days before the event.

Not ready for equity investment yet?

We've got you covered. There will also be representatives from Start-Up Loans and London Business Hub available to discuss other financing options which may be more suited to your business needs and also to provide general guidance on how to navigate your start-up journey.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Business Services


Directions to Town House, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE: