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Expanding Horizons with Equity LIVE

09:00 - 09:10
Introduction and Welcome

Introduction to event from Jamie Owen with Development Bank of Wales Chief Executive, Giles Thorley and Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething.

09:10 - 10:00
The Art of Fund Raising - Personal
Journeys & Preparing for Investment

A great event for businesses looking to develop their understanding of equity funding. Whether you are a tech start up on your first round or an established business looking to accelerate your growth, hear practical insights and tips from a diverse panel of business owners and investors with real life experience of fundraising. Understand key areas like valuation and how equity can be structured and be inspired by the stories of those who have successfully raised equity and expanded their business' horizons.


Key speakers:

  • Lucy Mayer-Page - Commercial Director, Vista

  • Dr Patrick Dodds – CEO, Hexigone Inhibitors

  • Jonathan Hollis - Managing Partner, Mountside Ventures 

  • Alex Leigh - Senior Investment Executive, Development Bank of Wales

10:00 - 10:40
Business Angels - Finding the right investor fit

Getting the right backing from the right Business Angel can propel your business to new levels. An expert panel of Angels and business owners, discuss how to get the right fit and importantly, how to be 'investor ready' when the opportunity comes along. In addition, the event will also explore common myths around Business Angels and discuss how angel investment can work alongside other financial tools.

Key speakers:

  • Jenny Tooth - CEO of British Angels Association

  • Steve Holt - Director, Angels Invest Wales

  • Rodney Appiah - Early Stage Investor

10:50 - 11:30
The Power of NEDs

Being a CEO or Managing Director can be lonely. Who do you turn to for advice and support? This event discusses the benefits of having Non-Executive Directors in your business. Hear from a panel of experienced NEDs and business owners about why having a balanced and experienced board can add value to your business. Get practical tips on how to expand your board and increase its effectiveness. A useful event for those businesses who are serious about working with investors.

Key speakers:

  • Alison Thorne - Founder of atconnect, Lead for Wales for Women on Boards

  • Sherry Coutu CBE - Entrepreneur and Investor 

  • Kate Bache - Entrepreneur, Founder of Health & Her 

11:30 - 12:00
Why it's never too early to start business succession planning

Succession planning is one of the most important things a business owner can do, but is often the last thing you want to think about. Does the way you want to realise value from your business align with your succession goals? How important is it to leave a legacy and protect jobs? What role can investors play in supporting your business succession ambitions? Listen to real-life succession stories from a panel of businesses, investors and advisors and get advice on succession planning, succession deals and how structuring something that works for all parties is always key.

Key speakers:

  • Steve Lanigan – CEO, ALS People

  • Beth Cousins – New Business Director, Development Bank of Wales 

  • Frank Holmes – Entrepreneur, Founder of Gambit 

  • Branwen Ellis - Business Advisor, Social Business Wales

12:00 - 12:30
Motivational speaker - Lowri

BAFTA award-winning broadcaster Lowri Morgan knows better than anyone the attitude and application needed to exceed goals and drive success. She will talk us through her experiences in broadcast and achievements as a world-class extreme endurance athlete and intrepid adventurer.

12:30 - 13:00
In Conversation with Piers Linney

Piers Linney, entrepreneur, investor and former Dragon’s Den ‘Dragon’ discusses his entrepreneurial and investor journey with host Jamie Owen, while providing insight and advice on how to raise funds and scale your business.

13:00 - 13:15
Closing remarks

Provided by Mike Owen, Group Investment Director of Development Bank of Wales and Warren Ralls, Managing Director of UK Network at British Business Bank.  

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