Thank you to everyone who attended the first UK RE$EARCH MONEY Conference. We were thrilled with the turnout and with the high level of discussion and networking that took place. We’ve had a number of people request that we run another conference next year. We’d love to, but we need your feedback to make sure it happens! Please fill out our conference evaluation and let us know if you’d come again, and what we can do to improve the conference experience.
Would you like to be involved in a future conference? Please contact Jeff Crelinsten at 416-481-7070 ex 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the edge of tomorrow.
The financing landscape is changing dramatically as the Internet opens up new mechanisms for ordinary citizens, special groups and professionals to invest in companies and causes. These new modes of financing bring expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs and companies to attract funding from anywhere in the world and for investors to leverage their investments in innovative ways. They also promise to disrupt how public and private support for entrepreneurship and business development is delivered.
Who should attend this conference – and why?
Entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a FinTech firm developing a new platform or a tech entrepreneur looking for new markets or financing, this event will connect you with potential investors, lenders, collaborators or customers.
Investors. Learn how the investing landscape is changing in both the UK and Canada. Meet potential co-investment partners from both sides of the Atlantic as well as companies on the leading edge of FinTech and other technology sectors.
Innovation intermediaries. Find out how accelerators and incubators are helping UK and Canadian tech firms scale and expand into Europe and North America. Meet potential suppliers, customers and investors for your client firms. Explore trans-Atlantic partnership opportunities with other intermediaries.
Government. Compare the policy and regulatory environments in the UK and Canada. Learn about innovation support programs that are successfully helping UK and Canadian firms scale. Hear from entrepreneurs and investors about what they need.
Financial institutions and other corporates. Meet innovators on the leading edge of FinTech and alternative finance from both sides of the Atlantic. Learn about the UK and Canadian ecosystems and explore trans-Atlantic partnership opportunities.
Whether you are from Canada or the UK, this is a chance to connect with and learn from your own as well as the global community.
Participants will get to:
- Examine emerging trends in crowdfunding, impact investing, hi-tech accelerators and incubators, and scale-ups
- Hear from thought leaders including Sherry Coutu (Cambridge University, Founders4Schools, London Stock Exchange), Hermann Hauser (Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners) and Geoff Mulgan (Chief Executive, Nesta)
- Share strategies and successful practices with Canadian and UK colleagues
- Expand global networks in an intimate setting
- Learn about different models and strategies for financing and scaling companies
- Investigate the rapidly changing alternative finance environment in Canada and the UK
- Meet investors and growth-oriented firms from both sides of the Atlantic
- Explore trans-Atlantic collaboration opportunities
This is a great opportunity for companies looking to expand into European or North American markets or investors looking for co-investment opportunities.
Participation in this event is complimentary and by invitation only.
If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please contact Jeffrey Crelinsten at
email@example.com or +1-416-481-7070 ex 1.
RE$EARCH MONEY is Canada’s leading publication on science, technology and innovation policy, funding and investment. Twenty issues a year, in print and online, provide information and analysis of trends in the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Our conferences connect leaders from business, finance, government and academia around critical issues affecting economic development and business innovation.
Day 1 - October 13, 2015
Welcome and opening remarks
Opening Keynote: "The Future World of Enterprise Finance"
The Economic Impact of Scaling Up Companies
Sherry Coutu, Cambridge University, Founders4Schools, London Stock Exchange
Panel: Lessons from Successful Scale-ups
Lawrence Bloom, Chairman, Be Energy Secretary General, Be Earth Foundation
Jack Lang, Co-Founder and Chair, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Executives from three companies that have successfully scaled will share how they scaled, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, and how policies and regulations helped or hindered them on the way.
Panel: Emerging Trends in Crowdfunding
Kelly Angood, UK manager of Tech, Design and Hardware, Indiegogo
Alixe Cormick, Founder, Venture Law Corporation Advisor, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
From reward-based crowdfunding to niche offerings for lending, exchanging, transferring and investing funds, the internet and big data are revolutionizing financial services and investing. This panel will look at emerging crowdfunding trends in the UK, Canada and elsewhere, the rise of the FinTech sector and implications for innovation policy, entrepreneurship and economic development.
Panel: Emerging Trends in Accelerators and Incubators
As growth and scale become increasingly important for entrepreneurs, investors and firms, new innovation support models are emerging and accelerators are proliferating around the world. Universities, colleges, cities, investors and corporations are all supporting these entities with the hope of commercializing the next “big thing” and spawning a new Google or Apple. This panel will examine different models in Canada and the UK and assess their impact on the commercial success of the firms they support.
Panel: UK-Canada Collaboration Opportunities
Edwina Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Startupbootcamp Fintech London
Sanjay Purohit, ICT Trade Commissioner and Project Lead, Canadian Technology Accelerator UK High Commission of Canada, London
Varun Sahni, Managing Partner, Impact Investment Partners
Most firms scale by starting their business at home and expanding into other markets as they grow. Establishing global customers as early as possible is increasingly critical for success. This panel will explore ways in which innovation support organizations, firms and investors in the UK and Canada are collaborating to help UK and Canadian firms establish and expand business in the UK/Europe and Canada/North America.
Day 2 - October 14, 2015
Day Two Opening Keynote: "Innovations in finance: will they destroy, create or share value?"
Panel: Emerging Trends in Impact Investing
Kieron Boyle, Head, Social investment, Government Innovation Group, UK Cabinet Office
Tim Jackson, EVP Corporate and Community Development and Lead Executive, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
The marriage of financial, social and environmental returns – the so-called “triple bottom line” – is a goal that resonates with many individuals and organizations. Social entrepreneurism and social investing have been around for some years, but their scale and impact are unclear. This panel will examine impact investing initiatives in the UK and Canada and explore emerging trends in this important area of alternative finance.
Innovative Financing Models: Impact and Challenges – A Discussion
Proposition for discussion: It is proposed that new, innovative financing models will completely change the landscape for access to finance.
Following the close of the UK RE$EARCH MONEY conference, investors from both sides of the Atlantic will gather to learn about their respective ecosystems in a number of tech sectors. As part of this session, selected companies from these sectors will give an overview of the different clusters in their sector and the particular strengths and opportunities that exist for firms and investors from the other side of the Atlantic.
The session will start with a networking lunch, followed by two plenary panels, one on the Canadian ecosystem and one on the UK ecosystem. Investors and established firms from Canada and the UK will present an overview of the business and investment landscape in each country and field questions about growth and investment opportunities from investors. Participants will then break up into smaller, sector-specific groups, for a facilitated session focused on opportunities in that sector.
The goal of the session is to provide an opportunity for investors and select companies from the UK, Canada, and Europe to learn more the investment climate and key players in these industry sectors. The session will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic who are looking to capitalize on new ways to finance innovation and grow their global networks.
Investor Session: Networking Lunch
Investor Session: Welcome and Introduction to the Session
Amber Nystrom, Co-Founder & Curator, Trinity Nexus Founding President, DelphÏmpact Foundation
Panel: Overview of the Canadian Investment Ecosystem
Manny Padda, Managing Director, New Avenue Capital Managing Director, PM Search Partners
Overview of the UK Investment Ecosystem
David Gill, Managing Director, St John’s Innovation Centre
Keynote: "Change of Age: The Rise of Impact and Why There's No Turning Back"
Facilitated Discussions and Networking
Amber Nystrom, Co-Founder & Curator, Trinity Nexus Founding President, DelphÏmpact Foundation