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EUVC is your go-to podcast for everything European VC. Co-hosted by Andreas Munk Holm and David Cruz e Silva, EUVC features some of the most prominent people from the European VC industry, giving you a fresh new perspective on the industry and geo we love.

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EUVC is your go-to podcast for everything European VC. Co-hosted by Andreas Munk Holm and David Cruz e Silva, EUVC features some of the most prominent people from the European VC industry, giving you a fresh new perspective on the industry and geo we love.

Follow us and stay in the loop with everything European VC on eu.vc

    Empowering women in innovation and venture - CO-INVESTIN roundtable | E334

    Empowering women in innovation and venture - CO-INVESTIN roundtable | E334

    In this roundtable discussion, experts from European venture capital and innovation ecosystems share insights on empowering women in these fields. The conversation addressed the importance of female representation in venture capital, investment in women-led startups, women's challenges in these industries, and initiatives to support female entrepreneurs.

    The dialogue also touches on inclusive innovation policies, the impact of parental leave on careers, and strategies for long-term solutions to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, and engineering.

    Our guests were:
    Ralitsa Zhekova, Executive Director at RAPIVDeepali Nangia, Partner at SpeedinvestIwona Cymerman, General Partner at FundingBox Deep Tech FundJone Vaituleviciute, General Partner at FIRSTPICKThe roundtable happened as part of the CO-INVESTIN project, an EU-funded project to connect our beautiful European investment ecosystems while strengthening transparency and inclusion across the ecosystem ✊.

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    Chapters:

    07:04 Inclusive Innovation Policies
    09:52 Challenges in Female Representation
    11:53 Breaking Barriers in Venture Capital
    21:47 High Churn Rates Among Women in Venture
    27:36 Strategies for Retaining Women in Venture
    30:57 Empowering Women in the Workplace
    31:58 Challenges Faced by Women and Ethnic Minorities
    32:06 Balancing Parenthood and Career in Venture Capital
    33:19 Parental Policies in Small vs. Large Funds
    34:07 Personal Experiences with Parental Leave
    36:35 The Reality of Parenthood in High-Level Careers
    40:02 Gender Roles and Societal Expectations
    43:56 The Importance of Open and Transparent Relationships
    51:15 Encouraging Women in STEM

    • 1 hr
    Angel investing insights with Sarah Harvey, Advisor at Tunic Pay | E333

    Angel investing insights with Sarah Harvey, Advisor at Tunic Pay | E333

    Join us as Tom Wilson from Seedcamp and Anthony Danon from Cocoa talk to Sarah Harvey, Advisor at Tunic Pay.

    In this episode of the Super Angel podcast, Sarah Harvey discusses her career transition from strategy roles in both corporate and non-profit sectors to operating roles in startups, eventually starting her journey into angel investing.

    Sarah shares insights from her experiences with different startups, including Tough Mudder, Square, and Prodigy Finance, and highlights the importance of networking, the impact of her work in health tech during COVID-19, and her approach to angel investing. She also emphasizes the significance of diversity on cap tables and how her unique background adds value to the companies she invests in.

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    Chapters:

    02:30 Discovering Angel Investing
    03:03 First Steps in Angel Investing
    03:18 Bringing Experience to Angel Investing
    03:58 Memorable Deals and Investments
    04:37 The Value of Angel Investing
    05:25 Personal and Professional Growth
    05:48 Encouraging Female Angel Investors
    07:22 Transitioning to Investment Strategies
    07:44 Investment Focus and Portfolio
    09:04 Evaluating Founders
    10:04 Value Proposition to Founders
    11:07 Future Portfolio Development
    14:59 Collaboration and Networking
    16:48 Core Learnings from Angel Investing

    • 28 min
    Carlos Espinal, Seedcamp on "Fundraising field guide" his latest startup founder's guide to all things fundraising | E332

    Carlos Espinal, Seedcamp on "Fundraising field guide" his latest startup founder's guide to all things fundraising | E332

    n this episode of the EUVC podcast, Andreas discusses with Carlos Eduardo Espinal , Managing Partner at Seedcamp.

    Carlos Eduardo Espinal is a Managing Partner at Seedcamp, arguably, Europe's leading seed fund, first launched in 2007 to support European entrepreneurs truly compete on a global scale. With investments in over 460 companies including publicly listed Romanian-founded, UiPath, Wise and unicorns Revolut, wefox and Pleo. Carlos is a published author, fellow podcaster and has been on the Forbes Midas List as one of the most influential VCs in Europe for more or less as long as yours truly has been alive.

    In today’s discussion, we're talking about the third edition of the "Fundraising field guide" the latest startup founder's guide to all things fundraising launched by Carlos. This third edition captured a very interesting period in VC, marking the completion of VC market’s full fundraising cycle.

    The first edition of the book was written during the linear growth curve of the post-2008 era. The second during the “bubble” in valuations formed post-COVID where we saw large injections of capital into private markets leading to an exponential growth period for startups. This third edition covers the collapse of that “bubble”, and highlights common pitfalls you should avoid as an early-stage founder (such as taking too much money).

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    Chapters:

    06:23 The Challenges of Access to Knowledge and Best Practices
    09:12 The Three Cycles of Carlos' Book
    13:09 The Success of VC as an Asset Class
    16:24 The Emergence of Many Unicorns
    26:18 Added Pressure on Founders to Tell Compelling Stories
    28:41 The Focus on Sustainable Business Models
    33:45 The Balancing Act: High-Growth Potential vs. Stable Business Models
    38:32 The Cyclical Nature of Venture Capital
    43:09 Creating Liquidity and Attractiveness for Companies
    46:20 Supporting Struggling Companies and Making Difficult Decisions
    49:47 The Challenges and Benefits of the Large Portfolio Model
    56:20 The Impact of Financing Terms and Structures
    01:13:39 Changing Attitudes to Tech Entrepreneurship and the Role of VCs

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Sion Evans, VenCap on big vs. small funds, manager selection, performance & portfolio concentration | E331

    Sion Evans, VenCap on big vs. small funds, manager selection, performance & portfolio concentration | E331

    In this episode of the EUVC podcast, Andreas discusses with Sion Evans, Senior Investment Manager at VenCap, currently investing out of a $340M fund with $2.0bn in total AUM.

    VenCap was founded in 1987 and is one of the longest-established FoFs around. They are headquartered in the UK and are backing the leading Tier 1 firms from globally — with just 12 core relationships! They count 47 underlying unicorns with notable mentions being the likes of Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Coinbase, ByteDance, and Stripe.

    In today’s discussion, we're talking about manager selection and big versus small funds, a topic we're constantly debating on LinkedIn, as well as how Sion and Andreas thinks about fund sizing in Europe.

    Sion emphasizes that good funds outperform, regardless of their size, and whatever the strategy, manager selection is the most important factor in venture.

    Go to eu.vc for our core learnings and the full video interview 👀

    Chapters

    00:11 Overview of VenCap's Investment Strategy
    03:13 Debating Big vs. Small Funds
    04:50 The Importance of Manager Selection
    05:42 Analyzing Fund Performance Data
    09:39 Fund Sizing in Europe
    14:46 VenCap's Global Investment Approach
    26:40 Fund Size and Investment Strategy
    27:58 Fund Sizes and Portfolio Construction
    28:35 Early Stage vs. Growth Stage Strategies
    29:02 Global Investment Approach
    30:08 Performance Consistency Across Strategies
    31:21 Risk and Return in Venture Capital
    32:31 Building and Maintaining Relationships
    35:14 Performance Dispersion in Venture Capital
    44:11 Secondary Investments and Strategy
    49:17 Reflections and Personal Insights

    • 53 min
    Giulia Van Waeyenberge, Sofina Group on why you need talent, money, and network to build a great ecosystem | E330

    Giulia Van Waeyenberge, Sofina Group on why you need talent, money, and network to build a great ecosystem | E330

    In this episode, we welcome Giulia Van Waeyenberge to the pod. Giulia is an experienced investor and judge in the European VC Awards and a Managing Director at Sofina Group, an investment holding company with more than 9 billion in AUM.

    Sofina Group is a global investor investing mainly in the Venture and Growth stages. Its sectors include digital, healthcare and life sciences, consumer, education, and sustainable supply chain sectors. Sofina has a direct investment strategy, investing from a series B/C until IPO and beyond. They also invest in venture and growth capital funds on a global basis. They invest from their balance sheet and take a long-term view. Sofina is also a shareholder in Vinted (a second-hand marketplace), Mistral AI, Cleo (an AI chatbot providing financial advice to young adults), and ByteDance.

    On the fund side, they have long-standing relationships with US managers where they have invested for several decades in firms like Sequoia, Iconiq, and Lightspeed. In Europe, they invested in several European GPs, some more emerging than others. In the seed stage, they have a partnership with Point Nine, Moonfire, Atlantic Labs, Seedcamp, Visionaries Club, Stride, and Hoxton. On the seed/series A stage they have invested in Blossom Capital, Singular, and Alven. On the platform side, they have in funds like Northzone, Balderton, Atomico, Dawn, and Felix Capital.

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    Chapters

    05:49 Direct Investments and Partnerships
    06:16 Allocation and Investment Decision-making
    07:40 Investing from a Balance Sheet
    08:39 Investment Pace and Diversification
    09:08 Allocation to Venture and Growth
    10:44 Investing in Venture for Multiple Decades
    22:56 Views on the European Venture Ecosystem
    25:12 Maturity of the European Ecosystem
    28:37 US Investors' Perspective on Europe
    32:37 Venture in Eastern...

    • 35 min
    Roundtable discussion on ESG becoming a core part of doing business in Europe | E329

    Roundtable discussion on ESG becoming a core part of doing business in Europe | E329

    In today’s episode, Andreas discusses the importance of ESG in the venture capital industry with our four guests:Henry Philipson, Director of Marketing and Communications at BeringeaAshley Brown, Sustainability Manager at AtomicoAntonia Whitecourt, Director at SeedcampGrace Savage, ESG Lead at Molten VenturesWe are talking about ESG in VC because ESG_VC recently published an analysis of ESG data collected from 587 startups backed by leading VC firms, including Atomico, Molten Ventures, Bringea, and Seedcamp. ESG_VC is a global network of more than 300 VC firms enabling start-ups to tackle ESG.

    Join us while diving into the value of ESG for startups, how VCs are working with founders to drive forward the sustainability agenda, and what the future of European ESG looks like. We also address the buzz surrounding ESG, emphasizing the need to focus on building well-governed and responsible businesses.

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    Chapters:

    00:34 Deep Dive into the ESG Report
    07:11 Importance of ESG in Startups
    07:36 Historical Context of ESG
    09:15 Operational vs. Strategic ESG
    10:19 Challenges and Opportunities in ESG
    11:14 Backlash and Misunderstandings of ESG
    12:32 Divergence in ESG Practices
    16:32 Future of ESG in European VC
    19:38 Materiality and Practical Implementation
    25:25 Carbon Footprint and Environmental Impact
    35:17 Diversity and Talent in Startups

    • 51 min

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