In this session we aim to dispel some of the myths about investors and Lean, and show how successful pitches are constructed around evidence. Evidence of market/customer need, feasibility of the solution and viability of the proposition as well as drive, determination and team fuelled by Lean methodology.
We will have investors such as Daniel Ross and Arnold du Toit with us, and we will also role-play being investors ourselves, using an investment scorecard to enter into the investors mindset.
Alex and Charlie met working at a digital agency in the early 2010’s. Discovering a shared appreciation of mindfulness and meditation, they agreed they both hugely benefited from their practice and found that giving their minds a break created space for innovation and motivation. They both have experience in company setup, management and growth.
I had worked a few years in China with the New Zealand embassy before I discovered my interests in food, wine and cultural discussions. Following the passion I studied wine and gastronomy management in the Cordon Bleu London, and a master’s degree in anthropology of food in SOAS, University of London. With what I have been working on, I hope to bring more cultural understandings to the food and beverage industry and possibly become a leading “culture broker”.
I’ve spent the last two decades leading organisations, coaching individuals and building software applications to make business better. Following training as an occupational psychologist, I extended study into Learning and Development with CIPD, and formed Stay Nimble in response to changes to employment due to rapid technological change, in the belief that each of us have unique abilities that can be directed to navigate whatever comes next. Fellow of the RSA.
I am a solution-focused, driven and passionate entrepreneur with a creative flair and resourcefulness – a dreamer about ideas and outcomes without the fear of failure.
Casa Seven is a one-stop-shop platform providing design, supply and fitting solutions to homeowners looking to renovate their bathrooms.
Welcome drinks and pizza6:30 pm
Introduction to Lean, investors in the room and your own investment scorecard6:45 pm
Pitches, their Q&A and feedback.
Pitches will include:
Charlie Cadbury & Alex Strang: Co-founders of Mind Pebble
Mindfulness isn’t new. Weaving it into everyday lives is. Moment Pebble is a London based product design business focused on products that can bring mindful moments into busy people’s lives. With our first product, The Moment Pebble, we’ve created a tool that makes mindfulness accessible, quick and easy. Join us in spreading the word of the moment movement.
Xijun Tang: Founder of Oenologist
Oenoligist is my business with the aim to increase the interests in wine and highlight wine tasting experiences for Chinese-speaking tourists and residents here in the UK, starting form London. At the moment I am engaged in marketing services for on-trade businesses in London, via Chinese social media by writing reviews and wine related articles. At this stage, my goal is to create a ‘product’ to deliver the service of wine awareness.
Dominic Atkinson: Co-founder of Stay Nimble
Stay Nimble is a social enterprise providing a career and work performance coaching service through a digital platform. Their mission is to support everyone in society to find their purpose in the new world of work.
Danielle Queiroz: Founder of Casa Seven
I am a solution-focused, driven and passionate entrepreneur with a creative flair and resourcefulness – a dreamer about ideas and outcomes without the fear of failure. Casa Seven is a one-stop-shop platform providing design, supply and fitting solutions to homeowners looking to renovate their bathrooms.
Sam Abrika: CEO and co-founder of CashCoach
After a successful career in financial liquidity, including Head of EMEA Liquidity and Funding Risk at UBS Sam has given it all up to create best and coolest personal finanace app.Cash Coach is the superhero created to make the world more rational with money. Its mobile app allows users to link their bank accounts, visualise their spending pattern, and benchmark their spending against the other Cash Coach members. It aims to bring the most advanced analytics for all those who want to be geek with their money.
Summary conversation about how to pitch to investors with Lean8:00 pm
Networking and drinks
Mark works with founder entrepreneurs and their teams to overcome blocks and prepare them for external finance, product launches, company sale and other large change, as a person centred business advisor, coach and start-up educator. Many people benefit from help and support to take their product to market, or reach the next level. His services are for those who want to stretch and grow their vision to become successful and sustainable businesses, and for those who want to make their initial business soar. Together they create clarity and focus on customer segments, whatever the market.
Davide is founding partner at Studio Zao, where they help individuals and organisations to develop entrepreneurial skills and propositions through bespoke open-innovation programs and trainings.
He has a specialist background in venture strategy and development, enterprise innovation, incubation and acceleration program design, and entrepreneurial skills training.