The aim of the event is to clarify the process of fundraising and connect entrepreneurs into financing networks.

Judging panel

  • Zorrie Dimitrova - COO & Co-Founder, GlycanAge
  • Jinesh Vohra - Founder, Sprive
  • William Sachiti, Founder and CEO of Academy of Robotics
  • Amer Hassan - CEO & Founder, Minicabit

Agenda

5:00pm - Event start
8:00pm - Event ends

Synopsis

A community event for investors and entrepreneurs. Join us in-person for a paradigm-shifting reverse pitch that allows investors and entrepreneurs to connect in a fun collaborative way. Our judging panel consists of plucky entrepreneurs that have closed over 1M GBP in external funding for their companies.

Our panel of investors will each take the stage to provide a ‘reverse pitch’ for three to five minutes. After each pitch, there will be a Q&A session.

The aim of the event is to clarify the process of fundraising and connect entrepreneurs into financing networks, as well as give investors the opportunity to demystify their processes and explain what they look for in making investment decisions.

The reverse pitching event is to bring together entrepreneurs and investors together to see how they can collaborate and form a productive partnership. This event aims to expose entrepreneurs on how to pitch, key points needed when seeking for investors . Also exposes investors to various investment opportunities.

About the speakers

Zorrie Dimitrova

Zorrie is the Co-Founder & COO of GlycanAge - GlycanAge allows you to measure & influence your longevity by looking at an entirely new part of biology. Glycan biomarkers uniquely encapsulate genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors driving longevity for every human. She has 15 years experience in optimising processes, compiling comprehensive spreadsheets, reports, and improving the alignment of deliverables to business priorities. She has worked previously as a business implementation manager at Marks & Spencers as well as operations manager at Lime Street. She is also a very creative and artistic person and enjoys getting involved with design and marketing projects when possible.

Jinesh Vohra

Goldman Sachs alumnus Jinesh Vohra is CEO and co-founder of Sprive, a fin-tech business that uses smart technology to help homeowners overpay their mortgage, clear their debt faster and save on interest payments. He has 14 years of experience at Goldman Sachs; Managing global teams within Operations with a focus on effective execution, strategy and designing technology solutions to automate manual processes. In addition, he has expertise in Operational Risk – Framework, Cyber, GDPR, Resilience. Jinesh holds a BSc Economics Hons degree from the University of Warwick.

William Sachiti

Founder and CEO of Academy of Robotics William Sachiti is a serial entrepreneur and inventor. At 35 he has already set up and successfully exited 3 companies and is now regarded as a leading expert on AI and autonomous navigation with regular appearances on TV and at industry and government panel discussions. His latest venture, Academy of Robotics has developed Europe’s first autonomous delivery vehicle for the road, Kar-go. In 2021, Sachiti was awarded Disruptor of the Year by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and in 2022 he was named Company Leader of the Year in the AI Journal's Global Excellence Awards. His company, Academy of Robotics is also a finalist in the 2022 Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Amer Hassan

A versatile ‘all-rounder’ with 20 years’ management experience. Has both broad and deep marketing experience in launching innovative Global and local products & propositions for mobile operators and internet companies.

Now running his startup, minicabit.com (as seen on BBC’s Dragons’ Den and backed by O2) which is on a mission to be the most trusted, decarbonised mobility platform. Was previously responsible for Vodafone Group’s internet partnerships with ebay, Facebook, Google Maps, MySpace and others. This was followed by responsibility for Vodafone Global’s Apps proposition for both developers and end users, as well as the publishing of Apps into Vodafone’s App Store.

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COVID-19

BCS is following government guidelines and we would ask attendees to continue to also follow these guidelines. Please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for more information, advice, and instructions.

This event is brought to you by: BCS EMBRACE specialist group

Reverse pitching event - EMBRACE SG
Date and time
Wednesday 1 February, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
Silicon Valley Bank
Alphabeta 14-18
Finsbury Square
London
EC2A 1BR
Price
Free