Founders & Funders

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Informal chats on science and business, part of the Ideas 2 Impact programme

An initiative by Saïd Business School, bridging the gap between science and business

Founders & Funders is a lunchtime event series of informal conversations about science and business. The initiative was first held in March 2020 as an extension of the ‘Ideas 2 Impact’ programme. The sessions convene early career research scientists, MBAs, and others interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. The speakers are science business founders and funders, mostly Oxford-based, but also drawn in from the wider ecosystem, such as leading experts and alumni based in Silicon Valley, Boston, and beyond. 

How to participate

To attend please email christiaan.dekoning@sbs.ox.ac.uk. Each chat can allow a max of 20-25 people to ensure fair interaction among the attendees.

Who can participate

University of Oxford early career research scientists, current MBAs/EMBAs, and alumni, with an interest in science and business.

    Thursday 2 July 2020

    Faisal Butt

    Faisal Butt - Founder, Pi Labs Ltd

    Faisal founded Pi Labs Ltd in 2015, after leading the first round of investments in PropTech start-ups Hubble and Trussle as an individual investor. He has since taken on a leadership role in the PropTech space as Chairman of the Pi Labs Ltd board and Pi Labs Investment Committee. Together, Faisal and his team have built a portfolio of 45 PropTech companies across UK and Europe, making Pi Labs one of the most active global investors in PropTech start-ups. Faisal is also the founder of Spire Ventures, a personal investment vehicle with a focus on investment in traditional property companies.  His traditional property investments include POD Management, Beaumont Bailey, Quoinstone IM, and 90 North, a real estate investment manager which has managed $2bn of real estate assets across Europe and the USA. In 2009 he received a MBA from Saïd Business School. 

    Thursday 16 July 2020

    Jeff Lynn

    Jeff Lynn

    Jeff is a former SBS MBA, and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Seedrs. Seedrs is Europe’s largest equity crowdfunding platform and was launched by Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva in 2012, out of their MBA. The platform allows investors from a variety of backgrounds to invest with ease into innovative startups and other growth-focused businesses. From as little as £10 investors can own shares in, and become part of, the ‘next big thing’, whilst receiving the same world-class shareholder protections as professional investors. The platform helps companies to reduce the administrative burden of raising capital, leaving entrepreneurs to do what they do best – running and scaling their businesses for success. Their ethos is ‘equity crowdfunding done properly’ and to give every Seedrs investor access to high-risk high-return assets, together with the tools to build a diverse, growth-focussed investment portfolio. Seedrs has seen over a 1000 deals and recorded close to £900m raised.