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dd:LONDON “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” Presented by Financial Times


Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Digital DUMBO London

Join the FT and Digital DUMBO on Thursday, June 12 for an intimate discussion on how to successfully raise capital for your startup.

Digital DUMBO is partnering with the Financial Times to explore what budding entrepreneurs need to do to secure early-stage funding for their startups. Whether you’re building the next big web app or launching a creative ad agency, this panel features a diverse range of experts from across the creative and tech industries. You will get first-hand intelligence into what it takes to raise capital for your business. Coming up with an idea is straightforward. Pitching that idea to investors -- not so much. A startup revolution is sweeping across London but only a few manage to get the funding they need to thrive.

Hear from Eileen Burbidge and Hussein Kanji, both early-stage technology venture capitalists based in London, the founder of social video marketing company Unruly, and the directors of Wayra and YPlan. FT journalists Maija Palmer and Sally Davies will moderate. This panel discussion will equip entrepreneurs with the practical knowledge they need to win over investors. Entrepreneurs will learn:

  • What are the biggest obstacles that entrepreneurs face when trying to raise capital for their business?
  • What are the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when approaching VCs?
  • What are the skills and traits that investors look for in an entrepreneur and start-up?

Networking and drinks to follow. Spots are limited so sign up today.

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Opening Keynote...

Sally Davies

Sally Davies

Technology Reporter, Financial Times

Sally is a reporter at the Financial Times who has been covering technology from London since last October. She has also worked as a magazine editor and corporate lawyer. Among the many things that excite her are artificial intelligence, financial technology and social enterprises.

The Panel...

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Founding Partner, Hoxton Ventures

Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, an early stage European venture capital firm in London.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Founder, Unruly

Sarah is the founder of Unruly, a leading global platform for social video marketing.

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart

Director, Wayra

Gary is Director of Wayra UK and Wayra UnLtd. He is also co-founder of, an Internet start-up based in Barcelona,

Peter Briffett

Peter Briffett

COO, YPlan

Peter Briffett is Chief Operating Officer of YPlan and formerly the UK and Ireland CEO of LivingSocial.

Moderating the Panel...

Maija Palmer

Maija Palmer

Social Media Journalist, Financial Times

Maija is a social media journalist at the Financial Times, where she runs the FT’s presence on a number of social media channels. Before that Maija was the FT’s technology correspondent in Europe for seven years.

Closing Keynote...

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge

Partner, Passion Capital

Eileen is Partner at Passion Capital, the London-based venture capital firm she established with Stefan Glaenzer and Robert Dighero. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product development roles at Yahoo!, Skype, PalmSource, Openwave, Sun and Apple. She was ranked #18 in the WIRED100 list (2012) and serves on the advisory board for Tech City (chaired by the Prime Minister’s Office at No 10 Downing Street).

The Venue

Port of Entry is a co-working space for creative start-ups. It's located in the basement of the excellent El Paso on Old Street Road. The street address is 350-354 Old Street, EC1V 9NQ and is a mere 5 minute walk from Old Street tube station

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About Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 665,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1, 2014). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 60 per cent of subscriber consumption, 45 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

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El Paso
350-354 Old Street
EC1V 9NQ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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