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BPI France

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Organized by SOSV and Hello Tomorrow, hosted by BPI France and part of the Deep Tech Week.



An evening with fellow deep tech investors to boost knowledge, deal flow and co-investments.

International investors with experience across multiple stages will share insights on Deep Tech, covering robotics, industry 4.0, synthetic biology, digital health / diagnostics / therapeutics, food & ag, energy and more, followed by extended networking time.

PARTICIPANTS (Limited to 150)

VCs, CVCs, Angel investors, LPs.


18:00-18:30 - Registration

18:30-18:50 - Building Deep Tech Startups From Scratch

Allister Furey (@alfurey), Managing Director - Europe, Entrepreneur First

  • About EF: Entrepreneur First is the world’s leading talent investor. It invests time and money in the world’s most talented and ambitious individuals, helping them to find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. So far, they’ve helped 1,000+ people create 200+ companies, worth a combined $1.5bn. Founded in London in 2011, EF now operates in 6 cities (London, Paris, Berlin, Bangalore, Singapore and Toronto) and raised a $115 million fund in 2019 to fund another 300 companies.
  • About Allister: Allister runs EF's European programmes in London, Berlin and Paris which generate over 30 VC backed startups a year, generating over $150m of enterprise value at seed. As well as running EF programmes in Europe and formerly in Asia, his experience spans biosciences, AI, robotics, sustainability, advanced manufacturing and aerospace.

André Loesekrug-Pietri, Director of JEDI, founder of ACAPITAL

  • About JEDI: the Joint European Disruptive Initiative is the initiative for disruptive innovation to bring Europe in a leadership position in breakthrough technologies. It is powered by 3.700 leaders of Europe’s deeptech ecosystem in 23 countries. JEDI is launching Tech GrandChallenges to push the frontiers of innovation, with a radical method based on excellence, no geographical return, speed, highest expectations & bold risk-taking. Driven by humanistic values, a purpose-driven approach to solve major societal issues in environment/healthcare/digital/space through innovation. Europe needs a revolution to stay in the race, affirm its values, and lead. & twitter @eurojedi
  • About Andre: Director of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, founder of ACAPITAL André Loesekrug-Pietri, French-German nationalities, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years with China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology and innovation. He is currently Director of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), aiming to accelerate Europe’s leadership in disruptive innovations. HEC and Harvard Kennedy School graduate, he is lecturer at SciencesPo and non-resident fellow of the German Marshal Fund. He attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is a private pilot, and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.

18:50-19:30 - Investing in Deep Tech

Matthew Scherba, Partner - Investment Director at Tern PLC

  • About Tern PLC: Tern provides venture capital to exciting, high growth IoT innovators in Europe.
  • About Matthew: Over 25 years of international executive management experience covering the full technology lifecycle, focused on strategy and commercial development, including investment and NED roles. A life-long entrepreneur obsessed with creating, building and scaling early stage technology businesses, having founded, run, scaled and invested in early stage companies across Internet of Things (IoT), software, hardware, mobile, AI, machine learning, and blockchain.

Aymerik Renard, General Partner, HCVC / Hardware Club

  • About HCVC / Hardware Club: Based in San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, we help hardware founders build amazing companies. Hardware Club is a stage, geography and sector agnostic community of highly curated hardware startups and corporate partners. We help member startups scale globally through access to strategic partnerships and resources aimed at overcoming critical challenges common to hardware, like manufacturing and distribution. With Hardware Club Fund I ($50m raised in 2018), we invest in the most promising early stage startups among our roster of 480+ members.
  • About Aymerik: Based in Silicon Valley, Aymerik has over 25 years of business development and investing experience spanning hardware, software, and services, across four continents. Before Hardware Club, Aymerik held leadership positions at Western Digital Capital, SanDisk Ventures, PCH International, Orange Ventures, Innovacom, and France Telecom, and has had portfolio companies exits via Nasdaq and NYSE IPOs, and via acquisitions by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cox Automotive, Ericsson, Assa Abloy, and Cable & Wireless. Aymerik is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Information & Decision Systems as well as Policy & Management.

Alexandre Terrien, Co-Founder, Future Positive Capital

  • About Future Positive Capital: invests in companies that apply advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, or robotics to solve massive global needs reversing climate change. It raised its inaugural $57 million fund in 2019.
  • About Alexandre: Alexandre started his career by partnering with a Harvard biomedical engineering professor to build a moonshot studio that developed products at frontiers of science and design to launch transformative companies. Prior to founding Future Positive Capital, Alexandre co-founded Kukua, a pan-African education media franchise, and built General Assembly’s enterprise business in Europe in view of the company's sale to Adecco for $412m.

Alex Zhigarev, General Partner, SpeedInvest

  • About Speedinvest: Speedinvest supports the best entrepreneurs and provides financing, entrepreneurial know-how, operational expertise, and business development assistance in EU and USA that are essential to building a great company. My team specializes in finding the best Deeptech projects from all across Europe, as well as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other FSU states.
  • About Zhigarev: Having completed a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, he started his career as a software developer and project/program manager in large IT companies (Luxoft, Dell, Ericsson). He developed an avionics software, managed process improvement initiatives, was responsible for due diligence cases and M&A in engineering and TMT industries and even evangelized agile methodologies before Agile became a mainstream practice. After obtaining an MBA from INSEAD in 2010, he co-founded and managed a number of companies, some of which were successful and some less so. The “airbnb” for Russian speaking markets was one of the largest online apartment rental players on the CIS market by 2012. The “” for medical tourists collapsed after the crush of the Russian currency in 2014. The gig he worked on before becoming partner of Speedinvest was Vest Financial – a company backed by Y Combinator and First Round Capital and acquired by Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2016. Alex is an angel investor in a number of startups and works on board of one of the largest online travel agencies in Russia.


Benjamin Joffe (@benjaminjoffe), Partner, SOSV

  • About SOSV: The first accelerator fund focused on deep tech with over $700 million AUM and close to 1,000 startups in portfolio. Its new $277 million fund raised in 2019 will invest in 600 startups including robotics, industry 4.0, digital health, food tech and synthetic biology. We invest an intial $100k-$250k in 150 companies per year through our world class vertical accelerator programs in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio) and Food (Food-X) and up to $5 million across later rounds. SOSV also publishes the free Deep Tech Trends report.
  • About Ben: Joined SOSV in China after founding an Asia cross-border strategy consultancy, and experiences in aerospace, telecom and gaming, following MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Aeroacoustics. Benjamin spoke at over 300 conferences in 35 countries about deep tech and startup ecosystems.

19:30 - 21:00 - Networking

The networking will focus on establishing sector-specific and cross-stages connections. We recommend participants take good care of their answers during the RSVP so they can benefit the most from this part.



SOSV is a hands-on, deep tech early stage fund with $700m+ AUM, investing in 150 startups per year.

Hello Tomorrow is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to leveraging deep technologies to solve world challenges.


BPI France is the French sovereign fund and finances businesses from seed to exit through loans, guarantees and equity.

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