Investing in businesses with founders from backgrounds not otherwise widely represented in the investment space, not only allows for a fairer and more balanced ecosystem, but it also makes financial sense. This half day Future Forward session will explore the impressive opportunities that come from investing in a diverse portfolio as well as defining the actions we can all take to improve diversity across the ecosystem.
Investing in Diversity
welcome: 12:00 – 12:10
Introduction to Investing in Diversity
UKBAA CEO Jenny Tooth OBE will open Future Forward by setting the scene for Investing in Diversity and giving an overview of what to expect from the day’s events.
keynote: 12:15 – 12:25
Why Investing in Diversity Matters
Hear about the challenges the investment industry is likely to face in the coming years and how best to respond.
keynote: 12:30 – 12:50
How embracing Diversity just adds up
Embracing diversity is more than just a box-ticking exercise. We look at the latest research and stats which highlight the commercial benefits of pursuing D&I as a core business strategy.
Panel: 13:00 – 14:00
Leading by example: industry growth stories
We hear from leaders around the industry on how their own approach to diversity and inclusion has made material improvements to the way they do business.
Fireside Chat: 14:20 – 14:40
Introducing the new Investing in Diversity Code
Building on the success of the Investing in Women Code, we’ll explore the code’s next step of evolution in addresses the broader diversity agenda and how you can get involved.
Talk: 14:50 – 15:50
From funnel to funding – diversifying your approach from end-to-end
Our panel look at everything from how to expand your network to improve the diversity of deal flow, to how to ensure a fair, accessible investment process for founders.
Roundtable: 16:00 – 17:30
Practical steps for implementing change
This exclusive invite-only roundtable dives into the latest best-practice guidance for implementing systems and procedures to build a more diverse and inclusive investment ecosystem.
pitch showcase: wed 14 Jul, 10:30 – 12:00
TechInvest: Diversity in Tech
The next TechInvest pitch showcase, will turn the spotlight on 10 incredible founders that are otherwise underrepresented in the investment ecosystem.