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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions - Delivering a UK digital revolution powerhouse: access to capital

Posted on 21 July 2021

In this session our panel considered the challenges to and opportunities for the UK tech sector, focusing on access to funding for early-stage tech businesses.

Our panel, moderated by Mishcon de Reya Innovation Partner, Andrew Wolfin, comprised: Darren Mulvihill, Senior Venture Portfolio Manager at Founders Factory, Sophie Deen, Founder & CEO of Bright Little Labs, and John Spindler, CEO of Capital Enterprise.

The key themes from the discussion include:

  • The need for greater institutional and private sector investment into the tech sector
  • Diversity being an additional barrier to accessing funding and what more could be done to combat the imbalance  
  • Changing the psychology of UK investors to address the challenges of accessing capital
  • Unlocking Government support in order to drive transformative growth across the tech sector.

This event forms part of a series examining the recommendations in Mishcon de Reya's report 'A blueprint for an entrepreneurial technology driven economy', which explores how the UK can build on its existing strengths to create a framework for tech innovation.

Our previous events on the report's other themes include:

  • The report's launch event interview with Ron Kalifa OBE: watch here
  • Our panel event exploring bridging the tech talent deficit: watch here
  • Our podcast on creating a tech-sympathetic regulatory environment: listen here

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