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Get behind the scenes of venture capital

You’d be forgiven for thinking venture capital is a black box – its inner workings are complex and not easily understood. It shouldn’t be that way. That’s why you’ll hear directly from the investment managers at Octopus Ventures, one of the largest venture capital teams in Europe¹, at these seminars.

What to expect:
  • A panel of venture capital investment specialists joining from the studio for a Q&A.
  • Why there’s a huge opportunity in venture investing right now and the trends we’re seeing.
  • Hear from the founders of inspiring companies we’ve invested in.
  • How to access venture capital through Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) investments. And why your clients should consider these investments as tax year end approaches.

¹2021 Annual Interactive Global League Tables, PitchBook, 4 March 2022.

Our investments place investors’ capital at risk. Investors may not get back the full amount they invest.

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and tax rules may change in the future.
Tax relief depends on portfolio companies and VCTs maintaining their qualifying status.

The shares of smaller companies could fall or rise in value more than other shares listed

on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.

Dates and locations
20 regions across the UK

These events are happening in 20 locations around the UK. Depending on where you are located, your seminar will be either a morning (8:30-11:00) or afternoon session (13:00-15:30).

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  • 5 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - Nottingham, Nottingham Belfry Hotel.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - Birmingham, National Conference Centre.

  • 10 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - London, 33 Holborn.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - London, Courthouse Hotel (Soho).

  • 11 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - Milton Keynes, DoubleTree Hilton Milton Keynes.

  • 12 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - Cheltenham, Delta Hotels Marriott Chase.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - Cardiff, The Vale Resort.

  • 17 Jan

    13:00 - 15:30 - Glasgow, The Marriott, Glasgow City Centre.

  • 18 Jan

    13:00 - 15:30 - Belfast, Titanic Hotel.

  • 19 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - Knutsford, Mere Court hotel.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - Manchester, Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

  • 24 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - New Forest, Captain's Club Hotel & Spa.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - Epsom, Epsom Racecourse (The Jockey Club).

  • 25 Jan

    08:30 - 11:00 - Newcastle, Malmaison.

  • 26 Jan

    13:00 - 15:30 - Leeds, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa.

  • 31 Jan

    13:00 - 15:30 - Exeter, Exeter Golf & Country Club.

  • 1 Feb

    08:30 - 11:00 - Horsham, Cottesmore Golf Club.

  • 13:00 - 15:30 - Tunbridge Wells, Spa Hotel.

  • 2 Feb

    13:00 - 15:30 - Norwich, Carrow Road (Norwich City Football Stadium).

  • 7 Feb

    08:30 - 11:00 - Colchester, Milsoms.

Speakers

Tim Dickens
Tim Dickens

Investment Specialist (Octopus Ventures)

Mark Hopcroft
Mark Hopcroft

Area Sales Director (Octopus Investments)

Nick Jones
Nick Jones

Area Sales Director (Octopus Investments)

Joining from the studio

Joining from the studio

Hear from a panel of our investment managers. They’ll cover everything from what’s exciting in the venture capital space now, to how they select the businesses they invest in.

What’s being covered

Depending on where you are located, your seminar will be either a morning (8:30 - 11:00) or afternoon session (13:00 - 15:00). 

Here’s a more detailed agenda so you can see what’s being discussed.

The seminar agenda
  • 8:30/13:00

    Welcome with breakfast / lunch.

  • 9:00/13:30

    Introduction to venture capital investing.

  • Why now is such a good opportunity in the market.
  • Our venture capital investment specialists join from the studio for a Q&A panel session. They will cover the investment approach and process of Octopus Ventures, the exciting things happening in the venture capital market right now and companies to watch. 

  • Hear from the CEOs of some of the exciting companies we have invested in.

  • 10:00/14:30

    Break.

  • 10:15/14:45

    How can investors access venture capital investments? Intro to VCT and EIS. 

  • The opportunity for venture capital investing at tax year end.
  • Spotting opportunities in your client bank.

  • 11:00/15:30

    Finish.

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Contact us

Call us on 0800 294 6827 or contact your local BDM

More about Octopus Investments

More about Octopus Ventures