9th February 2017 – NEF Speaker Series – Mind the (Funding) Gap!

NEF Speaker Series Feb 17

Mind the (Funding) Gap! How to get your Start-Up Funding Right


We start this year’s NEF Speaker Series with an evening of inspiration and entrepreneurship with a special focus on investment.

Securing funding for your start-up has never been easy and is especially difficult in the current climate. Raising an early round can make or break your venture.

Come and hear our panel of experts and investors debate how start-ups can secure vital investment, tackle funding challenges and get advice on how to raise that crucial early round.


We have limited tickets available to the public – RSVP now to book your place!


Karen Kerrigan

Karen Kerrigan 

Chief Legal Officer at Seedrs

Making the move from the traditional legal career at Simmons & Simmons into the world of startups, Karen joined Seedrs as their Legal and Finance Director in 2013 before moving into her current role in September 2015.

She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in crowdfunding and is also currently a director with the UK Crowdfunding Association and was named one of the top women in fintech in the UK by Innovate Finance.

Seedrs is the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the world.

Lara MorganLara Morgan

Angel Investor 

Lara learnt the business game by starting Pacific Direct with nothing and growing it with her team into a global business.

She is passionate about enterprise, continual improvement and maximising opportunities

Now Chief Growth Accelerator at Company Shortcuts Lara is on a mission to transform the way entrepreneurs and growth leaders are educated and supported.

Lara is also a regular commentator on current affairs and business issues with Sky and BBC News.

Nic Brisbourne

Nic Brisbourne

Managing Partner, Forward Partners

A seasoned venture capitalist with a talent for spotting new markets early, Nic can distinguish hype from reality and knows which trends have legs and which will flame out.

He is currently Managing Partner of Forward Partners (FP), a high value adding early stage investment business part of Forward Internet Group. Previously, he’s worked in a number of venture capital roles, mostly in London, but also in Silicon Valley. Nic specialises in ecommerce, software and media and has been responsible for over 40 investments including Buy.At (acquired by AOL for $125m), Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m), Unbound, Conversocial, StrikeAd and Lyst.

He is also the author of www.theequitykicker.com

Ricky Knox

Ricky Knox

Founder, Tandem Bank

Ricky, a serial entrepreneur, is currently the founder of Tandem Bank. Described as ‘The Good Bank’, Tandem is designed to transform your banking experience.

During his career, Ricky has built five technology companies prior to founding Tandem including GSM Systems, Small World Finance and Azimo. He also has experience in private equity having worked at MMC Ventures backing high-growth companies and is currently Managing Partner at Hexagon Partners, a specialist private equity firm which invests in financial technology.

This event will be hosted at NEF HQ in Huckletree workspace, Moorgate.

Huckletree Event Space