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June
21
Wednesday
6:45pm
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Dine with Octopus Ventures: who we back and why?

at Aubaine - Regent Street, West End (map)

Who's coming

Venue

Aubaine - Regent Street

French
4 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BS
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Started by:
Table Crowd

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Will Gibbs is Investment Manager at Octopus Ventures, a London and New York based venture capital firm, focused on backing unusually talented entrepreneurs. They have been fortunate enough to work with the founding teams of over 60 companies, including Conversocial, graze.com, LoveFiLM, Property Partner, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, SwiftKey, Swoon Editions, Uniplaces, tails.com, Zoopla Property Group and Zynstra. They invest £250k to £25m in first rounds of funding. Will will be sharing his experience and wisdom on gaining VC funding - a subject close to many of our hearts!

This dinner is perfect for…
Business owners, CEO’s and management level.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at hello@tablecrowd.com to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!

The dinner conversation will be…
Octopus Ventures is a leading VC firm with a track record of backing successful businesses, so Will is perfectly placed to speak about:
✓ The key things you’ll need to know about raising venture capital
✓ The criteria that Octopus Ventures use to measure if a business is truly investable
✓ Finding talented teams - the importance of the team when raising venture capital
✓ Insider stories from some of Octopus Ventures portfolio companies
Will spends the majority of his time working with their existing portfolio companies in New York and assessing future investments, so his insight and perspective will be invaluable.

Who is Will Gibbs?
Will joined the Octopus Ventures Team in 2013. Octopus Ventures is a London and New York based VC firm focused on identifying unusually talented entrepreneurs intent on building businesses that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. Prior to joining Octopus Ventures, Will set up and then scaled an organic spirits company and a rare breed pig farm. He currently sits on the board of a range of portfolio companies including Chronext, Permutive and Behaviosec and is also part of the Seedcamp investment committee.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Will joined the Octopus Ventures Team in 2013. Octopus Ventures is a London and New York based VC firm focused on identifying unusually talented entrepreneurs intent on building businesses that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. Prior to joining Octopus Ventures, Will set up and then scaled an organic spirits company and a rare breed pig farm. He currently sits on the board of a range of portfolio companies including Chronext, Permutive and Behaviosec and is also part of the Seedcamp investment committee.

Will is currently based in the New York Office of Octopus Ventures splits his time between deal origination for investments between £250,000 to £25 million and helping portfolio companies looking to internationalise to the US.

Octopus Ventures invest from £250k to £25m in a first round of funding and will then look to follow in subsequent rounds. They are proud to be known as one of the most entrepreneur friendly investors in Europe and a significant part of their portfolio consists of referrals from existing teams they have worked with or via serial entrepreneurs who they have previously backed.

For any dietary requirements, worry not, we have it covered, as long as we know in advance. If you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten intolerant let us know by filling out the dietary requirements section in the your preferences section of your profile on the TableCrowd website.

2 course dinner with wine or soft drinks.

STARTERS

Soupe du Jour

Bayonne ham, Cantalouple melon, rocket, honey & balsamic dressing

Grilled halloumi, heirloom tomatoes, chive dressing

MAINS

Pan-fried sea bream, braised fennel, black olive & spring onion sauce vierge

Sun-blushed tomato & mozzarella gnocchi, butternut squash puree pesto & wild rocket

Confit chicken, mash potato, green beans, red wine jus

Sajni, one of the TableCrowd hosting team will be on hand to make sure you are welcomed through the door and introduced to the most relevant people to you.

Sajni has transitioned from cocktail waitress to investment banker and is now a tech startup geek. By day she consults to startups from Auden (fintech) to Accomable (traveltech) and in the evening she loves to host TableCrowds, bringing people together to share and learn.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at hello@tablecrowd.com.

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