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May
17
Wednesday
6:45pm
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Dine with Head of Downing Ventures: attracting UK investment for your business

at Aubaine - Regent Street, West End (map)

Who's coming

  • Ana

    Founder, SC

  • Nicholas

    Founder, people.io

  • Anthony

    Founder and CEO, The Webinar Vet

  • Michael

    CEO, Stickyworld

  • Sangeeta

    CEO and Founder, Crossing- The Travel Company

  • Sanjeev

    Consultant , Mattioli Woods plc

  • Steve

    CEO, tosay

  • Gil

    Pioneering Fastest growing Retiremet Lifestyle Market- Active 50+ Retirement Holiday Living Community Resorts, summers Villages

  • Violeta

    Hostess Extraordinaire, TableCrowd

  • Birju

    Founder & Chief Skwibbler, Skwibble Ltd

  • Chris

    Marketer & Founder

  • Matt

    Head of Downing Ventures, Downing Ventures

  • Jyoti

    Founder & CEO, Red Rickshaw

  • Andrew

    Founder & CEO, BoroughBox

Venue

Aubaine - Regent Street

French
4 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BS
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Started by:
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Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Matt Penneycard is the Head of Downing Ventures, a division of Downing LLP, who invest venture capital into early and growth stage technology businesses. They focus their investments around consumer internet & mobile, enterprise software, defence and security technology and financial technology businesses, seeking to invest between £100k and £1m per company. Standout recent investments include Habu, Live Better With, Miappi, Glisser and Flock to name just a few. Matt is keen to talk up the UK tech scene and to highlight why now is a good time for VC’s to invest in UK tech businesses – and how to attract that investment for your business.

This dinner is perfect for...
Business owners and CEOs.
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.

The dinner conversation will be…
Matt’s career has focussed fully on venture capital so he is therefore perfectly placed to speak about:
✓ Why now is a good time to invest in UK Tech – and how to attract that investment.
✓ Why the UK tech scene will survive brexit.
✓ The key criteria that makes your business an investable proposition.
✓ How to get on the radar of a VC firm or investor.
Expect an overview of the UK investment scene plus the chance to speak directly with the head of a VC firm, as well as your peers, informally over dinner.

Who is Matt Penneycard?
Matt joined Downing in 2014 to head up Downing Ventures. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Law, Matt started his career in venture capital as one of the early hires at Octopus Investments in 2002. After four years with Octopus and two years at Hermes Private Equity, Matt moved to the US in 2009 and co-founded DTI Capital, a technology focused VC investment firm based out of New York. Matt has been an active angel investor in the UK and US early-stage technology sectors.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine 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.

Matt Penneycard joined Downing in 2014 to head up Downing Ventures. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Law, Matt started his career in venture capital as one of the early hires at Octopus Investments in 2002. After four years with Octopus and two years at Hermes Private Equity, Matt moved to the US in 2009 and co-founded DTI Capital, a technology focused VC investment firm based out of New York. Matt has been an active angel investor in the UK and US early-stage technology sectors.

Downing Ventures invest venture capital into early and growth stage technology businesses. They focus their investments around consumer internet & mobile, enterprise software, defence and security technology and financial technology businesses and seek to invest between £100k and £1m per company.
Their belief is that technology now forms an integral part of the everyday lives of consumers, corporations and governments. They look to invest in visionary entrepreneurs with the ability to execute as well as dream, large potential addressable markets, distinct product or service advantages and a limited adoption risk for customers.

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.

Two 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

Violeta, 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.

Violeta fell into the world of start-ups after joining global media agency Starcom Mediavest group to work on their NextTECHnow initiative. She now works to connect big brands with entrepreneurs - particularly in the areas of mobile, content, data, and social.

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

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