Monday 13 November
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Preparing for your first EdTech fundraising

Join the team from Ufi Ventures for a focused session of information, insights and discussion for founders and operators in the vocational technology start-up world.

Ufi Ventures are the UK's specialist investor in EdTech for adult skills with more than £4.2m invested in companies building the future of adult learning in the UK.

In this session the Ufi Ventures team will be sharing practical insights gained through their investment activity, along with tips and advice about:

  • when and why to raise equity,
  • the pros and cons versus other forms of funding,
  • how to position your business for success,
  • the state of the investment market, and
  • what to look for in an investor (and what different investors are looking for in you)

We’ll also open-up the floor for you to ask the Ufi Ventures team any burning questions.

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Our speakers

Helen Gironi

Director of Ufi Ventures

Helen is the Director of Ufi Ventures, working with early-stage technology companies focused on the future of work and skills. Helen has been investing in early-stage ventures since 2002 and early-stage impact ventures since 2016. She currently sits on the boards of Learnerbly, Learning Labs and Data Literacy Academy.

Helen was previously Investment Director at Nesta Impact Investments, where she led several investments in high-growth businesses (Applied, Third Space Learning and Oomph) and managed successful exits for the fund (Applied and Reconnections).

Alex Bishop

Senior Investment Manager at Ufi Ventures

Alex leads the dealflow process at Ufi Ventures.

Prior to Ufi, Alex was an investment manager at Sky, where he worked in their impact fund team, Sky Ocean Ventures, building out a portfolio of 20 seed stage companies focused on the circular economy.

Alex also had vast consulting experience with Sky, working on a variety of different transformation programmes across the business.

Ellasaid Woodhouse

Investment Associate at Ufi Ventures

Ellasaid manages the pre-seed deals, sourcing and impact measurement at Ufi Ventures. She brings experience across the capital spectrum within impact investing, and has led a successful pivot of an energy sector start-up.

Prior to Ufi Ventures, Ellasaid worked within the United Nations setting up responsible investment instruments to scale tech start-ups working on SDGs 2 & 8.