BVCA Diversity Webinar - Investing in diverse founders

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21 April 2021


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Investing in diverse founders


Following the recent publication of best practice guidelines to help increase investment in under-represented founders and drive diversity and inclusion across private equity and venture capital, we are delighted to confirm the next webinar in our diversity series. This event is open to all BVCA members.  

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13:00 Welcome by Gurpreet Manku, Deputy Director General, BVCA

13:05 Panel discussion

13:45 Interactive Q&A

14:00 Webinar close 


Tom Adeyoola, Entrepreneur and Co-founder, Extend Ventures 

Tom Adeyoola is a technology entrepreneur passionate about disruptive technology for societal and climate good. He was CEO and Founder of acquired apparel technology scale-up Metail (2008-2019).

He is currently a cofounder of Extend Ventures, which aims to diversify access to finance for underrepresented founders through data and research. He also serves as Non-Exec Director for zero carbon monitoring consultancy Verco and environmental behavioural change start-up ‘Do Nation’. In addition, he is chair of mindfulness app Spoke, served on the board of the revolutionary women’s personal wellness scale-up Elvie and as a board trustee for the Black and ethnic minority focused creative industries charity MeWe360.

Tom also serves on various other advisory boards, is an active founder mentor and angel investor, and is the inspiration behind the government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Addie Pinkster, CEO and founder, Adelpha Group and Rose Review board member 

Addie is the founder and CEO of Adelpha, a female-led Corporate Finance firm, and leading private investment network that has advised on over $250m of transaction value in the UK in the last 12 months.

Adelpha focuses on UK-based growth companies, usually in the GBP 10m-150m EV space. Although sector agnostic, they are known for their work in Fintech/IT infrastructure/Private Equity 2.0, CleanTech and sustainability, Hospitality/Retail SaaS, and Games/Esports/Dsports infrastructure.

Track record aside, Adelpha are respected for the diversity within their client portfolio, with the majority of their transactions to date relating to under-represented founders or end-users, and with a high level of social and environmental impact.

Addie is a member of the Rose Review Board, The Council for Investing in Female Entrepreneurs, and recently co-authored the D&I guidelines on how to improve diversity and returns within the venture space. Addie read SPS then Management Studies at Cambridge before joining UBS and Citi in their Hedge Fund facing businesses. She has a portfolio of private direct and LP investments, holds a number of NED positions, is a playing member of the MCC, and mum to two school-age boys.

Jos White, General Partner, Notion 

My journey in business started with endless hours around our family dining table while growing up. My father was (and still is!) an obsessive entrepreneur and we would talk and talk for hours about the excitement and the romance of running your own business and taking on the world.

This inspired myself and my brother Ben to start three businesses including Star in 1995 and MessageLabs in 2000. Star was one of the UK’s first ISP’s and MessageLabs was one of the world’s first software as a service (‘SaaS’) companies. We built MessageLabs into a $150m ARR business that was acquired by Symantec in 2008 for $700m.

At Notion we are trying to build a team and a platform that can be a powerful and scalable resource in European enterprise tech, driving success for our portfolio and beyond. I like to think that we have our own ‘dining table’ at Notion where we spend hours talking about how we can keep doing better at creating the right conditions for extraordinary success.

I’m obsessed with entrepreneurs who have the fire burning inside and who, when they say ‘I’m going to build a huge business’ you actually believe them and will do anything to be involved.

Sophie Winwood, Associate, Anthemis 

Sophie is an Associate at Anthemis, where she helps discover, evaluate and execute early stage investments as well as supporting the current portfolio. She has a passion for all things FinTech and InsurTech, is a regular on 11:FS’s InsurTech Insider podcast, and is a strong promoter and supporter for diversity within the industry.

She started her career at Deloitte, qualifying as a chartered accountant before moving into financial services mergers and acquisitions (M&A), where she worked on a variety of banking, insurance and fintech transactions. Before joining Anthemis, she headed up partnerships at Innovate Finance, working with some of the largest members (e.g. Visa, BBVA, Deloitte) as well as running the VC engagement strategy (including producing the annual VC Investment Landscape).


Date and time

Wednesday, 21 April - 1:00-2:00


Complimentary and exclusive to BVCA members 

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