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.