International Women's Week Conference 2022
Funding Focus went back to the London Stock Exchange!
In celebration of International National Women’s week 2022, Funding Focus hosted a half day conference live from the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, 10 March 2022. The event was also streamed live online for our community outside of London.
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
2022 International Women's Week Conference
In celebration of International National Women’s week, Funding Focus hosted a half day conference live from the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, 10 March 2022. The event was also streamed live online for our community outside of London.
The conference aimed to blaze an enduring path as we work to level the uneven playing field that female and under-represented founders face when it comes to raising capital.
We brought together successful entrepreneurs who raised funding, enterprising minds, investment gurus and sector experts who shared their experiences, nuggets of wisdom and helped raise awareness in the fight for fairer funding.
Over the half-day conference, we focused on why female and under-represented entrepreneurs face barriers in the investment world, discussed what approaches have worked, and helped to understand their routes to funding. By connecting and informing individuals, firms and industry bodies, we hope to continue to drive sustained commitment to progress.
We also made a BIG announcement!
Live from the London Stock Exchange we announced the launch of a new fund that will be listed in the premium segment of the Main Market on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest in entrepreneurial businesses where at least one of the founders is female and/or non-white ethnicity. We aim to break the inherent bias that is rife in the investment industry.
Please see our official announcement for more details and important regulatory information.
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.
Our 2021 conference took place virtually on 23 November – just days before the anniversary of our first annual event at the London Stock Exchange. We brought together successful female and diverse entrepreneurs who have raised funding, enterprising minds, investment gurus and sector experts. The event included speakers from around the world.
Taking the event online in 2021 allowed us once again to extend the event to our friends outside of the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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 starts at 9 am BST / 4 pm SEAST / 6 pm AET
- Session 2 starts at 4 pm BST / 8 am PT / 11 am ET