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 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.