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BVCA podcast – S2 EP6: The Mindful VC

Publish Date 17 May 2024
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To coincide with this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, between 13-19 May 2024, the BVCA has produced a new podcast, The Mindful VC.

Hosted by Chris Elphick, Head of Venture Capital at the BVCA, with guests including Daniel Waterhouse, Partner at Balderton, Hayley Hand, Investment Director at Better Society Capital and Henrik Wetter Sanchez, General Partner at Playfair Capital, the podcast explores approaches to mental health for founders and investors.

The guests discuss the practical steps that VCs can take in supporting founders, how LPs consider mental health in the funds they invest in, and the impact of tech on mental health more broadly.



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Running order:
  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 02:20 – Balderton’s approach to support mental wellbeing
  • 05:07 - How Playfair supports founders and encourages founders to be open and honest about their mental health
  • 08:03 – The impact of the tougher fundraising environment
  • 11:38 – Coaching founders and optimising performance
  • 15:03 – The role of board governance in supporting founders
  • 18:55 – Better Society Capital’s approach to founder mental health
  • 23:27 – The LP perspective on how VCs can support founders and management teams
  • 28:27 – The main qualities of founders and investors and what they need to succeed
  • 31:55 – Tech’s role in poorer mental health and how it can be part of the solution
  • 36:21 – Wellbeing hacks that can help with mental health

You can listen to the podcast via the media player above, as well as your favourite podcasting platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. If you have any questions about the content in this episode, or feedback then please contact communications@bvca.co.uk.


Previous episodes
  • Episode 1: Reflections from Charlie Troup, BVCA Chair 2022-23 (23 March 2023) | Listen here >
  • Episode 2: Reflections from Garry Wilson, BVCA Chair 2023-24 (30 March 2023) | Listen here >
  • Episode 3: Private capital: rising to the challenges of turbulent times (17 July 2023) | Listen here >
  • Episode 4: Private capital's role in the Net Zero puzzle (24 November 2023) | Listen here >
  • Episode 5: The outlook for venture capital & tech in 2024 (12 January 2024) | Listen here >
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