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Founderfest 2019 programme

Registration and networking

11:00am - 11:30am 

Arrive early to sign up to the Startup Soapbox, take a professional headshot and network over refreshments.

Welcome Keynote

11:30am - 12:00pm

From Founderfest 2018 to Startup 54: Foundervine are excited to welcome you to our 2nd Founderfest and share our year in review! 

TALK: "Killing It" Without Killing Yourself

12:00pm - 12:20pm

In this engaging talk, our guest speaker Ifeyinwa Frederick challenges the narrative within entrepreneurship that the way to succeed is to work, work, work without rest. Drawing on her personal experiences Ifeyinwa will pitch an alternative for those of us who want to kill it in their careers without killing ourselves!

Guest Speaker: Ifeyinwa Frederick, Co-Founder of Chuku's

TALK: Data Protection: Is your Start-up Safe?

12:25pm - 12:45pm


Data Protection sounds like something for the grown-ups rather than the cool kids to worry about. It is a dull term and a complex subject — and one that can get you into serious trouble if you do not have as tight a grip on it. In this talk, Risk Consultant Toyin Oni will guide you on why cyber security is important and how to keep your data safe. 

Guest speaker: Toyin Oni, Technology Risk Manager, Close Brothers

Startup Soapbox I

12:45pm - 13:05pm

Our Startup Soapbox allows early stage startups to pitch their ideas to our live audience for the opportunity to gain advice, build networks and get live feedback.

Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.


13:05pm - 2:00pm

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interaction with industry leaders and professionals from a variety of fields spanning tech, product, marketing, finance and more. 

Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

PANEL: Intrapreneurship and the future of working

2:00pm - 2:40pm

Intrapreneurs are employees who do for corporate innovation what an entrepreneur does for his or her start-up. These pioneers are essential to any business's success. Yet, one mistake many businesses make is to stifle the creativity of employers with innovative ideas that have the potential to keep the company moving into the future. In this interactive panel, our speakers will discuss how their companies are building innovation into the model and how employees can re-ignite their creative potential at work. 


Stephan Eyeson, Guest Products Lead UK at Uber

Samira Abokor, Associate Product Manager at Just Eat 

Matteo Scarabelli, Head Of Investment at L Marks 

Heather Delaney, Managing Director at Gallium Ventures

Ishaan Malhi, CEO of Trussle 

TALK: Building Digital Communities: A Blueprint

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Gary McPherson is a community force and has been building community projects for over 20 years. It’s the great paradox of the digital age: the internet connects us to millions of people, yet we can often struggle as business owners to build communities that transcend the functionality of a product or service, and satisfy this longing for community. In this talk Gary outlines what defines an effective community and the key steps required to launch and manage one.

Guest speaker: Gary McPherson, Founder of Ingenyus

Where Are All the Black VC's?

3:30pm - 4:00pm


In the UK as a whole, there are 1,703 people currently working at decision-making levels in VC. Fewer than 1% of decision-making VCs are black.

Andy Davis, Director of London accelerator Backstage Capital, has been the driving force behind bringing the few black people working in VC in the UK together. In this talk, Andy shares his insights challenges, opportunities in the VC space and what founders can do to position themselves for success. 

Guest speaker: Andy Davis, Director at Backstage Capital

PANEL: The Magic of Failure

4:00pm - 4:30pm

The purpose of this panel is to shed a light on the entrepreneur journey and how one learns and builds resilience over time. We will ask our panel candid questions like: What's the most challenging aspect of running a business / raising finance / managing a team? How do you manage your mental health when things don't go to plan? How important is your support system in dealing with setbacks? What do you wish more entrepreneurs knew when starting out?


Darren Tenkorang, Founder of TRIMIT App

Amit Patel, Managing Director of Experience Haus 

Dr Yvette Ankrah MBE, Director of Yvette Ankrah

Regina Oladipo, Head of EU Exit Digital Delivery and Strategy at GDS and Founder of Mainstream

Urenna Okonkwo, Founder of Cashmere App

Startup Soapbox 2

5:00pm - 5:40pm

Our Startup Soapbox allows early stage startups to pitch their ideas to our live audience for the opportunity to gain advice, build networks and get live feedback.

Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

PANEL: Womanhood, Motherhood and Entrepreneurship

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Let’s face it. The world would be a better place if more women and mothers were able to launch and grow their businesses. If we trust the birth and mothering of human life with women, we should trust them with creating and nurturing a business to succeed. Gender equality is a hot topic, but what does it really mean in the world of entrepreneurship? What’s at stake if we don’t address the biases women face, from fundraising (receiving more advice than funds) to balancing or choosing between motherhood and business aspirations? Through real life accounts of gender bias (magnified for mothers and women of color), this innovating panel paints womanhood and motherhood not as a hindrance to entrepreneurship, but as essential to creating a healthier, wealthier, and more equitable world.


Fisayo Longe, Founder and Creative Director of KAI Collective and Mirror Me

Kike Oniwinde, Founder and CEO of BYP Network

Ruth Afolabi, Founder and CEO, Magnify

Ambreen Khasru, Head of Business Banking at Monese

Jess Meredith, Head of Ecommerce / GM Show Stores at Monterosa 

Networking + Close


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