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Kalkscheune, Berlin, Germany

6 November 2014


The Next Stage for Venture



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The agenda is currently in development under the guidance of the VC Forum Task Force. To submit potential topics and speakers, contact events@evca.eu.


The advisory task force of industry practitioners are:


Hendrik Brandis


Earlybird Ventures


Christoph Jung

Christoph Jung

General Partner

Holtzbrinck Ventures


Anne Glover

Chief Executive

Amadeus Capital & EVCA Chairman


Joey Mason

Joey Mason


Delta Partners


Thomas Andrae

Thomas Andrae


3M New Ventures


Daniel Sanchez

Daniel Sanchez

General Partner

Nauta Capital




5 November 2014, Earlybird Venture Capital Office, Berlin



Cocktail Pre-Party hosted by Earlybird Venture Capital    Earlybird Venture Capital


6 November 2014, Kalkscheune, Berlin




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Opening remarks by the Conference Chair


Joey Mason Partner, Delta Partners



Welcome address by the host city


Cornelia Yzer Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, Berlin


09.45-10.45    Terms & Conditions Debate


This session is an open floor discussion on the latest terms and conditions trends.


Dr. Philip Schwarz van Berk Partner, P+P Pöllath + Partners


Private Session for VC-backed Portfolio Companies Only.
09.45-10.45 Entrepreneurs & Founders Executive Roundtable

The Venture-Backed Executive Workshop is a rare opportunity for venture-backed portfolio companies to discuss with their peers the next phase of their growth and operational strategy, after receiving VC funding.


The roundtable will kick-off with industry data and analysis particularly valuable to the founder / entrepreneur, including:

  • Trends in VC backed companies able to raise additional rounds of funding?
  • Which European regions are more likely to depend on cross-border investment?
  • How to increase attractiveness to investors abroad?


Key topics covered will include:

  • Best practices in managing the VC relationship
  • Keeping up the growth and innovation momentum after VC funding
  • Preparing for the next stage


Jonas Kjellberg one of the creators of SKYPE and lecturer at Stanford University on entrepreneurship


Expected Participants:

C-level executive of venture capital backed portolio companies

Participation Criteria:

The Venture-Backed Executive Workshop is complimentary. As there are only 40 seats available, all registrations will be reviewed and approved by the Venture Capital Forum Taskforce.


Participation in the workshop includes a complimentary pass to the Venture Capital Forum. For more information, contact events@evca.eu.



State of the Market address by the EVCA Chairman


Anne Glover Chief Executive, Amadeus Capital & EVCA Chairman 2014-2015


European Venture: A Call for Action

Opening Presentation - View from the top: The next stage of venture

  • 2014 Market Update: prominent sectors and regions, VC-backed IPOs
  • A closer look at sectors: holding periods, how long does it take to exit
  • Growth segment: how many VC funds are actually undertaking growth?
  • Growth ambition: where are the funds who have the growth ambition?

Hendrik Brandis Co-founder & Partner, Earlybird Ventures



European VC Panel - Defining the Next Stage of Venture


Moderator: Hendrik Brandis Co-founder & Partner, Earlybird Ventures


Dr. Michael Brandkamp Managing Director, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH


Benoist Grossmann Managing Partner, Idinvest Partners


Jonas Kjellberg one of the creators of SKYPE and lecturer at Stanford University on entrepreneurship


Stephen Lowery Partner, Frog Capital


A Closer Look at the European VC Model

Innovative Funding Sources


Rémi Charrier Head of International Business Development, EIF - European Investment Fund (EIB Group)



Stakeholder Debate - Is the VC model fundamentally sound?


Moderator: Dr. Matthias Ummenhofer Founding Partner, Mojo Capital


Sebastian Blum Partner, ACTIVE Venture Partners


Dr. Robert C. Bush Jr Managing Partner, Majlis GmbH


Rémi Charrier Head of International Business Development, EIF - European Investment Fund (EIB Group)


Roger Johanson Head of Venture Capital and Direct Investments, Skandia Life Insurance Company Ltd.




Networking Lunch


A Global Perspective

Keynote Speech - The US Venture Capitalist’s Perspective


David Lam Managing Director, WestSummit Partners



Global Panel - Innovation Without Borders: Global lessons, local applications


Moderator: Elaine Coughlan General Partner, Atlantic Bridge


John C. Cook Chairman, Rock Lake Associates & Chairman Emeritus, Thunderbird Private Equity Center


Roland Dennert Managing Partner, Cipio Partners


David Lam Managing Director, WestSummit Partners


Wolfgang Seibold Managing Partner, Growth Invest Partners and Board Member of the BVK


Transforming the VC Ecosystems

The Next Wave of Industrial Innovation


Thomas Andrae Director EMEA, 3M New Ventures



The Corporate VC Perspective


Moderator: Thomas Andrae Director EMEA, 3M New Ventures


Claus Hackmann Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital


Dr. Sebastian Sieglerschmidt Managing Director, Allianz Digital Accelerator GmbH


Jan Westerhues Investment Partner, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH




Networking Break



The Seed Stage / Angel Investor Perspective


Moderator: Daniel Sanchez General Partner, Nauta Capital


Robert Dighero Partner, Passion Capital


Luis Martin Cabiedes Partner, Cabiedes & Partners SCR


Nikolas Samios COO, German Startups Group Berlin AG


The Next Stage

Social Venture & Investing for Impact


Moderator: Cyril Gouiffes Social Impact Investment Manager, EIF


Florian Meister Managing Director, Finance in Motion


Johannes Weber Managing Partner, Ananda/Social Venture Fund


Jochen Wermuth Founder, Green Gateway Fund



Closing Session - EVCA Update: A Look into the EU Political Future and the Impact on VC


Michael Collins Public Affairs Director, EVCA


Dörte Höppner Chief Executive, EVCA



Closing Remarks by the Chairperson


Joey Mason Partner, Delta Partners




Cocktail Dinner Party at the Solar Bar







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