Beyond Series A: The Challenges of Scaling Up in 2022
Breakfast, networking and panel discussion at Arboretum Club, London
8am – 11am DATE TBC
Startups have been experiencing a golden age of investment over the last few years which means there are now even more businesses looking for growth stage funding in order to scale, or who have secured the next stage of funding and need to grow.
But these are uncertain times, and rapidly changing economic conditions mean that it will become tougher to secure that next level of funding as investors respond to market volatility. Those who have recently secured investment face a variety of challenges to growing their businesses including increased costs, rising interest rates, tighter margins, a shortage of talent and supply chain issues.
So how do you secure the right investors and scale a business in these uncertain times? Our panel, who have substantial experience of both funding and growing startups and scaleups, will be discussing the following:
- What will those looking for Series B and beyond need to do to attract investment now?
- What support should you be looking for from your investors?
- What will be the financial and operational challenges of scaling up over the next 12 months?
- Who do you need on your team to secure funding and successfully scale a business?
Carmen Carey, CEO at Sorted
Carmen has spent 25 years helping fast-growing SaaS businesses to realise scale and value through transformation. She became CEO of Sorted Group in late 2021 having spent two years as a NED on the board. Sorted is a global SaaS company that provides a delivery experience platform used by retailers and brands. Sorted completed its Series C funding in November 2021, and Carmen and the Sorted team are now focused on enabling the business to scale even further.
Uthish Ranjan, Principle at Octopus Ventures
Uthish focuses on investments into B2B software scale ups. He currently sits on the boards of Mention Me, Turtl, Natterbox and Homesearch and is also a member of the IC. Prior to joining Octopus Ventures in 2018, Uthish spent over six years in the private equity buyout industry; initially as an investor in Dubai and Singapore and then as an M&A advisor at Barclays Investment Bank in London.
Camilla Taylor, Startup/Scaleup Advisor & CFO
Camilla has worked with a number of founders and execs building Seed to Series C stage companies in the climate, clean tech, sustainability or impact space. She supports fundraising, financing strategy and planning. She began her career working in climate related startups, and then joined a specialist climate / clean tech fund as an investor. Prior to her current portfolio work, she was CFO at what3words while the company scaled from 20 people to post Series C, and CFO at Saietta Group PLC.
Anthony Rawlinson, CFO at Papier
Anthony joined Papier as CFO four years ago, after serving as a consultant for the brand beforehand. Previously, Anthony worked in investment banking with Greenhill & Co. and PwC, providing generalist corporate finance advice. Since joining the business, Papier has secured a total of $65.4m in funding across three rounds, the most recent of which was at Series C in February 2022.
This is an opportunity to connect with people in the industry, discuss the issues currently impacting your sector, get advice and learn from the experiences of our panel of experts.
Date/Time: Tuesday 21st June 8am – 11am ( Panel starts at 9am)
Location: Arboretum Club, 2a Charing Cross Road, London WC2N 4BD
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