Venture Capital & Angel Investment: Is Diversity Key to an Economic Level Playing Field?

Wed, Apr 14, 2021, 6:30 PM (BST)

About this event

"100% commitment is needed to design a positive and responsible policy. This is only attainable by actively putting an ‘inclusion, diversity and equality lens’ at the centre of every equalities decision, with fair, just and inclusive procedures." - Dr Poonam Malik

April is Funding Month at Startup Grind. We're excited to host leading VC Reece Chowdhry and Angel investor / Mentor Dr Poonam Malik to the Startup Grind Stage!

We'll be discussing what investors look for, investment philosophies and how we can promote an inclusive and equitable economy for all founders, no matter the background, gender, ethnicity or outlook.

What you need to know:

Who: Reece Chowdhry, Founding Partner of RLC Ventures & Dr Poonam Malik, Angel Investor, Mentor & Board Advisor.

When: Wednesday 14th April, 2021

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Remo

What Else: A Community of FRIENDLY & ENTREPRENEURIAL People

A little more about our guests:

Reece Chowdhry

Reece is the Founding Partner of RLC Ventures and a multi award-winning Venture Capitalist. He began his career at EY as a technology management consultant and qualified accountant and has since founded, invested in and sold startups for over 15 years, from ideas to unicorn stages. 

Reece has a particular focus on B2B Software and Fintech. He is passionate about giving back to society via the Venture Pledge and in his spare time is partial to a round of golf and is an avid Manchester United fan.

Dr Poonam Malik

Dr Poonam Malik is an entrepreneurial business strategy leader and an investor in innovation. She is a research management professional with extensive experience of working in innovation, enterprise, governance, healthcare, business and academic sectors globally. Board Member of Scottish Enterprise; Non-Executive Director for Skills Development Scotland; Trustee of Firstport Group for Social Entrepreneurs & Governor for University Court of University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI)- with leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors.

Dr Malik has an interest in entrepreneurship, skills, women empowerment and economic development. She is passionate about Diversity, Equality & Inclusive values, promoting Boardroom effectiveness and STEM career’s growth as Public Speaker with Changing the Chemistry & Equate Scotland.

Poonam brings expertise in growth of Life Sciences, Biotech, Health, Clean & Digital Technology businesses and is an investor in Innovation. She is a Syndicate Investor with Investing Women Angels, Mentor, Coach with AccelerateHER and Board-level Advisor Consultant for Technology Startup companies. 

Community in Virtual Times

Since the success of our 2020 End of Year Social, we wanted to keep things lively and provide a virtual space for connection to catch up with old friends, make new ones and share grand ideas and learnings with each other. With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to use Remo!

Remo is a virtual platform where you can interact face-to-face and move around a ‘room’ to different tables to meet and talk with other people.

If you’ve not used it before here is a quick introduction to the platform (it’s really easy)!

Ticket Price: This is to help cover the cost of the Remo platform. The SG Scotland team are fully voluntary and host these events to bring people and ideas together.

Join us on April 14th to hear what investors look for in startups, our guest's investment philosophies and how we can promote an inclusive and equitable economy for all founders, no matter the background, gender, ethnicity or outlook. 

See you on April 14th!


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