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Genius Incubator & Cass Business School invite early stage & growth stage entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists to their Venture Lab on entrepreneurship and venture capital funding.

Venture Lab for entrepreneurs seeking Venture Capital

Genius Incubator

Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

Venture Lab for entrepreneurs seeking Venture Capital

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and anyone else who fancies networking with genius entrepreneurs
Ended £30.00 £1.40
CASS students (MBAs, Exec MBAs, Masters students)
CASS students should provide their cass student email id to qualify
Ended Free £0.00
CASS alumni
CASS alumni should provide their cass id to qualify
Ended Free £0.00
LBS students
LBS students should provide their student id to qualify
Ended £20.00 £1.15
Organisers, Club members of CWIB, special invtees of CASS
Please provide CASS email id to qualify
Ended Free £0.00

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Venture Lab II for Early Stage Entrepreneurs Seeking Venture Capital

Following the success of Venture Lab I, Genius Incubator in association with Cass Business School invites early-stage and growth-stage entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, CASS students and alumni to Venture Lab II.

Event Agenda:

10th June 2010, Thursday

Registration: 6:15pm

Talks & Q&A : 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

4 VCs and distinguished entrepreneurs will explain the mechanics of raising venture capital and speak on topics relevant to entrepreneurs on their journey to success.


Confirmed Speakers:

Hussein Kanji, early stage technology investor, Ex- Accel Partners

Hussein spent four years with Accel Partners in Europe, where he invested in Playfish, United Mobile, BountyJobs, Dapper, Netvibes and a still-in-stealth-mode open source risk management startup. A background in Silicon Valley and in enterprise software and consumer internet products influences his venture capital work. He was involved with the Accel's investments in Dapper, Netvibes, Njini and The Cloud, and was an observer on the boards of The Cloud and Njini . Prior to joining Accel, Hussein held several roles at Microsoft Corporation, where he was involved in a leadership program won for his work on its speech recognition business, Sun Microsystems and a bevy of startups. He has an MBA from London Business School and a BS from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems. Hussein is currently a board member of Byhiras and Nivio, two startups in Europe, and spends his time between London and San Francisco. He is an avid blogger http://hkanji.com/

Susan Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Emergent Asset Management

Susan has had a distinguished career spanning over 2 decades in the financial industry on both the sell side and the buy side, as an emerging markets trader at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, and later as a distinguished entrepreneur.

Susan was listed by Financial News as one of the Top 100 Women in Finance in Europe in both 2007 and 2008. Susan was awarded one of eight Shell UK Women of the Future Awards 2006.

Susan was appointed a Merrill Lynch/Shell UK Women of Achievement Ambassador in 2008.

In 1997, Susan founded Emergent Asset Management Limited, an award –winning, alternative investment firm based in the UK, where she is a Principal. In addition to its stable of hedge funds, Emergent manages the largest agricultural fund in Africa, where its local office is based in South Africa.

Susan is on the Board of
MyC4, a microfinance business focused on ending poverty in Africa, and is a Patron of the Africa-focused charity Medical Aid Films.

Susan is also Head of the London Chapter of 85 Broads, the largest professional women’s network
in the world.

Alan Barrell, Managing Partner, Cambridge Gateway Fund, Early stage investor and mentor

Dr Alan Barrell is a reknowned angel investor and advisor to numerous international early stage companies, as a member of Cambridge Angels and Sophia Business Angels ( France ). He was instrumental in launching the Cambridge Gateway Fund, a 70 millions Euros fund, to support early stage technology businesses in the region and was the fund's Managing Partner. Alan is the Chairman of Eagle Genomics Ltd, and Pneumacare Ltd, and a Director of Probe Scientific Ltd, early stage Life Science Companies. He is a Director of two Chinese Companies – Golden Bough Intellectual Property Company and Oriental Investments Ltd. He is also the Chairman of the External Advisory Board of NACUE – the National Consortium of University Enterprise Associations. Alan was CEO of Willett International Group, an industrial electronics company, and built its global business into a major success. He has also chaired the Cambridge Enterprise Conference and works closely with a number of Science Parks and Innovation Centres in Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK and overseas.Alan is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Alan has been involved with a number of charities including the Papworth Trust, the Royal Society of Arts, the Centre for Tomorrow's Company and The Prince's Trust. He received The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006. Access his lecture on Finding funding for your entrepreneurial business here.

James Dimitrios Constantine Seferis, Founder of Glocal Venture Capital, early stage investor and distinguished innovator

Dr. James Seferis is an early stage investor and a distinguished educator in chemical engineering, management science, environmental health and technology. His research comprises polymeric composites, materials and processes, clean energy. Read his ideas on "Catalytic entrepreneurship with social and venture capital" here

Since 2005, he also invests in his areas of longstanding expertise incorporating organizations that have a social mission while allowing for a profit potential. With a team of full-time professionals in seven countries and a network of over five hundred collaborators and former students in over one hundred organizations, Prof. Seferis can harness unprecedented resources for the benefit of his investments. Among his many Honors and Awards are First White House Presidential Young Investigator Award (1984) and Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation of Germany Awards (1987 and 1996).

Read his full profile here.


"How do smart entrepreneurs play on VC greed and fear, to get the bucks they are after? The inside scoop - What incentives do entrepreneurs offer VCs : Participating shares, Warrants, Board seats etc" - Hussein Kanji

“The Good, the Bad, The Ugly – Real stories of four companies which struggled to find fiance and made it the world stage - Alan Barrell

Alan Barrell will speak from his experience – as both an entrepreneur and investor of real life businesses – illustrating through stories of four companies, one being a FTSE star with a market capitalisation of £500m. The fortunes of the others have been mixed and one didn’t make it – and Alan will discuss the reasons why he feels it failed. He was the Chairman of the company and an investor at the time.  It will also show how when funding businesses – private equity / VC is not the only way to finance fast growth companies – and he has an example of one he ran as CEO to illustrate the point. 

"How to leverage human capital and investor partnerships to generate superior economic returns in ventures" - Dr James Constantine Seferis

Prof Seferis will speak as investor in people and organizations spanning the private, government and non profit worlds within the new realities of public/private partnerships. Dr Seferis will also talk about his personal investments in  Eco Green Power, a start up in Greece with the potential of globalizing, a regional US bank, and Aquajet, a joint start up venture with Boeing that was featured in the Wall Street Journal and Herald Tribune but failed after September 11 2001.

Networking & Drinks Reception:

9:00 pm onwards


Cass Business School

106 Bunhill Row

London, EC1Y 8TZ

Learn more abut the event organiser at http://geniusincubator.com


Cass Business School

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106 Bunhill Row
EC1Y 8TZ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Genius Incubator

Genius Incubator helps entrepreneurs realise their dreams. Genius Incubator provides mentoring and advisory services to early stage and growth stage entrepreneurs and helps them raise equity capital of GBP 200000 to GBP 10 million from angel investors, venture capitalists and high networth individuals in Europe. Genius Incubator is based in London.



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We are tremendously pleased with the feedback and testimonials for our Venture Lab I organised at London Business School on 5th May 2010. We are more ambitious for Venture Lab II and strive to bring you unparalleled insights into entrepreneurship and the VC world, and a not to be missed networking opportunity!

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