Next week sees the launch of UKBAA’s three-day Future Forward event where we are looking back at the impact of the 2020 crisis for the angel and early stage investment market and looking at what 2021 will bring. We will be focusing on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, as we seek to reset the economy and to rebuild and further grow the entrepreneurial finance ecosystem across the UK.
Future Forward will be focusing on three key themes over the three days and which will be fundamental to the finance landscape in 2021 and of core interest to the investment community. Each daily theme will be considered through keynote addresses, panel debates and roundtable discussions, drawing on the insights and expertise of leading players across the industry.
Day one, 24th November, will precede the Chancellor’s spending review, and will focus on the Future of Finance when we will be looking at the implications of the £15billion annual equity gap across the UK and what is needed to rebuild the investment supply chain and build economic recovery. We will be reviewing throughout the day, different aspects of the finance value chain, how these have been impacted by the pandemic and how we can ensure that we have an effective and connected investment ecosystem to address the future growth capital needs of scaling entrepreneurs across the UK.
We are delighted to be joined by leading industry speakers, including Catherine Lewis La Torre, newly appointed CEO of the British Business Bank, and Judith Hartley, the new CEO of British Patient Capital, who will review the BBB’s role in addressing the finance challenges for small businesses during the pandemic and in building the supply chain of finance from start up through to long-term growth. We will also be joined by Irene Graham, CEO of the Scale-up Institute, who will review the implications of the Future of Growth Capital report that she co-led. Irene will also draw on the recent findings of the 2020 Scale-Up review launched this week, looking at how Scale-ups have performed during the crisis and what are the prospects for strengthening our scaleups in the year ahead.
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