16 Apr 2009

Speaker and session updates for Monday’s event ‘Financing your business in a credit crunch’

Just a quick reminder for you to register for Monday evening's event at the CBI/Centrepoint. Yes, we're back at the CBI but there will be sandwiches to accompany our beers and wine courtesy of the lovely folks at DCKTN.

The evening is a slightly different format than usual so I just wanted to explain it a little bit more here.

We'll open with short presentations from DCKTN and Numeritas and we'll get pitches from Vodafone Mobile Clicks (about the competition and the 150k Euro prize fund) and Pembridge Partners LLP (about the Gateway to Investment programme).

We'll then move on to a panel session. Our line-up is looking good:
Benjamin Ellis, Redcatco is our chair for the evening and a seasoned entrepreneur himself. He's also very charming and will do his utmost to get the best out of our panellists.

And our panellists are:
Pamir Gelenbe, a partner with Newton More Venture Capital and Private Equity and co-founder of mobile marketing company, Flytxt. Pamir knows where the money is and where it’s going, and maybe even how to get it. He might just be worth listening to.
Carl Uminski, co-founder IMW. Carl's been there and done that as an entrepreneur with Overture/Yahoo/AOL and more recently with Trutap. Carl is battle-worn but is fighting the good fight again with a new start-up.
Rose Lewis, Pembridge Partners LLP knows a thing or two about mergers and acquisitions, particularly with media and digital businesses. She also knows how to get your company investment ready so will have a few top tips worth keeping an ear open for.
Chris Padfield who is Investment Manager for London Business Angels & London Seed Capital and can explain to us how London Seed Capital works and what's happening in the angel sector at the moment.

There will also be some other experts in the room from Kemp Little LLP (our lovely legal sponsors), and with a bit of luck, someone from cmypitch.com amongst others. And I know there will be some investors in the room as well as scouts for investors. As well as our usual mix of interesting mobile folks.

Following our panel sessions, we will be having surgery sessions alongside the networking and drinks. This is your chance to have a one to one chat with one of our experts without jostling to get their attention over a glass of wine. Tables and chairs will be laid out for the various surgeries in and around the reception area. Helpers will be on hand (I hope!) to take down details of who wants to chat and give you a time slot if there's a queue. And for those who weren't able to have their one to one or small group session there and then, the various doctors will be able to get hold of you afterwards to chat anyway. We will be having the following surgery sessions:

Vodafone Mobile Clicks - explaining more about the competition and how it worked last year
Pembridge Partners/Gateway to Investment - Rose can explain in more detail how the G2i programme works, what's involved and share some case histories with you to see if you're eligible to apply (I'm told the programme is *fantastic* from more than one trusted source). She can also have a chat to you about Pembridge's work on the M&A and strategic partnering front too.
London Seed Capital - Chris will be on hand to explain what LSC is all about, how it works and how you can get in on the act.
DCKTN - Eddie and Philip are on hand to discuss the various initiatives going on with them and how you can get in on the act to benefit from the options on offer.
Numeritas - Denver is available to talk through how their financial modelling works and discuss its relevance for your business if you're thinking of going for finance and investment. If finance isn't your strong suit, and it isn't mine, then Denver might just be able to help you.

There is room for one or two more surgeries if anyone would like to offer to run one. Please get in touch with Helen if you do.

I'm very much looking forward to Monday evening's event and if you haven't signed up and RSVP'd already, then please do over at http://momolo.org and do tell your friends. If you can't come to the panel session, but want to pop along later to have a surgery session, then please do sign up. This event is also suitable for digital businesses and not just mobile ones. Any problems with registration or website queries - please let Alex know.