Funding Focus Annual Conferences

After the success of our first inaugural conference on 25 November 2019, we’ve decided to return and host conferences annually!

Each year brings different speakers and attendees, from different backgrounds with different stories to tell!

Our next conference is taking place on 23 November 2021 and we’re hoping to make this even better than last year! Watch this space for dates and more details.

Here’s what our past attendees have said:

Just thank you! As a new founder (www.100ways.eco: a sustainability behaviour change programme for the workplace), I came across David from his recent TedX talk. I’ve since been lapping up info from him and The Fight for Fairer Funding / Funding Focus with relish. Sooo useful and insightful.

Thanks for organising this event. It was very insightful and full of supportive dialogue for female entrepreneurs.

It was very informative and well structured

2021 Conference

Funding Focus is a social enterprise that is raising awareness and providing training for female and under-represented entrepreneurs of all genders who face a very uneven playing field when it comes to raising venture capital.

Taking place online on 23 November – just days before the anniversary of our first annual event at the London Stock Exchange – we are bringing together successful female and diverse entrepreneurs who have raised funding, enterprising minds, investment gurus and sector experts. The event will include speakers from around the world.

We are taking our annual event online again this year which allows us to extend the event to our friends outside the UK.

2020 Conference

With the hit of the COVID19 pandemic, we decided to take the conference online and host a virtual event instead.

In 2020, the focus of the conference was slightly different. With the 2019 conference, we concentrated solely on the inequalities that female entrepreneurs faced. With the 2020 conference, we looked more broadly at the barriers experienced by entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds – whether that be in terms of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Founder of Funding Focus David Horne said:

“Looking back at the inaugural Funding Focus event on 25 November 2019 at the London Stock Exchange, beyond the fact that it was an amazing day, two things in particular spring to mind:

The inequalities faced by female founders are not confined to the UK. The social media posts around the conference in 2019 received engagement from people in 10 countries around the world – Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. The comments made it clear that inequitable funding was a big issue for these other countries too.
This isn’t just about women versus men. That day I heard stories of people from all manner of diverse backgrounds who face the same uneven playing field.”

You can read David’s thoughts in full here.

Catch a glimpse of some of our speakers in action

Here’s what our past attendees have said:

I was very impressed and inspired by this event. Being an entrepreneur from a developing country (El Salvador) and having little to no access to event such as this is hard. But, hearing from women who have gone through tremendous circumstances to reach levels of success beyond my imagination gave me a huge hope for my career as a woman.

It was well thought through, organised and carried enough information which was also clear and concise, not at all overwhelming unlike some events where information can be overloaded. This was just right, very professional and thoroughly enjoyable.

Brilliant, vibrant informative conference with quality speakers! I received a free book so very happy. I would definitely attend another conference.

2019 Conference

The Funding Focus annual conference aimed to blaze an enduring path for female founders and address the unequal funding women receive from venture capital. The first annual conference took place on 25 November 2019 at the London Stock Exchange, where we brought together successful female entrepreneurs who have raised funding, enterprising minds, investment gurus and sector experts.

Venture capital investment in start-ups with female founders was increasing but progress was and continues to be very slow. At current rates, it will take 25 years (2045) for all-female teams to reach even 10% of all deals. We want to change this. By radically transforming the flow of funding for female-founded businesses, we can unleash a whole new stream of entrepreneurial activity to boost the UK’s economy.

Over the half-day conference, we focused on why women face barriers in venture capital, discussed what approaches have worked, and helped female entrepreneurs understand their routes to funding. By connecting and informing individuals, firms and industry bodies, we hoped to drive sustained commitment to progress and the outcome of this event was more than we expected.

Catch a glimpse of some of our speakers in action

Funding Focus Quarterly Events

Given the success of our inaugural Funding Focus Conference at the London Stock Exchange on 25 November 2019, and the 2nd Annual Funding Focus Conference held online on 25 November 2020, along with feedback we received from the attendees, we went away and put together a series of 90-minute quarterly events, all of which will be held online.

The shorter quarterly events will feature two in-depth discussions and include networking breaks where attendees get to meet and greet each other as well as our speakers.

To accommodate our friends around the world, we’ve decided to host these events twice on one day. That’s right! So whether you’re from the west coast of North America or in Australia and New Zealand, join us at a civilised local time rather than getting up in the middle of the night.

  • Session 1 will start at 9 am BST / 4 pm SEAST / 6 pm AET
  • Session 2 will start at 4 pm BST / 8 am PT / 11 am ET

Next event:
2022 dates coming soon

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