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Entrepreneurship Centre: Power Series

Venture Capital: From aspiration to unicorns

VC professionals debunk some of the most common myths and offer some tips and tricks to those interested to learn about venture capital.

Hearing the words 'Venture Capital' (VC) makes entrepreneurs dream about turning their ideas into global companies fast; policy makers dream about accelerating economic development and business school students from top universities dream about exciting careers.

But how can one start a career in this exciting field and more importantly how can one rise to the top of the industry? And what is real and what’s not about VC and the fascination it exerts? 

During this session you will have the opportunity to hear from 3 high profile VC professionals, who will try to debunk some of the most common myths and offer some tips and tricks to those interested to learn about venture capital. We are delighted to welcome on campus:

Lisa Edgar, Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

Lisa is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. Top Tier Capital Partners, LLC (TTCP) is a venture capital specialist managing niche-focused funds of funds, which has raised more than $3.3 billion from investors since inception. The firm makes primary and secondary investments in venture capital funds and co-invests in select portfolio companies. She focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Lisa joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2003. Prior to Top Tier, Lisa was part of the asset management team at WR Hambrecht + Co focusing on new and emerging private equity funds. Before that, she spent ten years at Horsley Bridge Partners. Lisa began her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in applied economics and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

Luciana Lixandru, Partner, Accel

Luciana joined Accel in 2011, where she focuses on enterprise software and consumer internet companies. Accel is an early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies, including Facebook, Spotify, Slack, Dropbox, Etsy and others. Luciana led Accel’s investments in Deliveroo, UiPath, Framer, Tessian, RealtimeBoard and is on the board of Vinted. Prior to Accel, Luciana worked at Morgan Stanley and was also an investor with Summit Partners. Luciana is from Romania and graduated in Mathematics and Economics from Georgetown University.

Irina Anghel-Enescu, Managing Director, South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

The conversation will be moderated by Irina Anghel-Enescu. Irina has been managing for more than 8 years the South Eastern Europe Private Equity and VC Association, being also on the representative committee of the European Venture Capital Association (InvestEurope). Expert with the Entrepreneurship Center at Saïd Business School and Advisor for Harvard Innovation Lab, Irina sits on boards of various for profit and not-for-profit organizations, and part of the jury for various global competitions, including the “Nobel for Education” - Global Teacher Prize. Irina was recognized as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2008, Mason Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.