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Startup Activator Session Three: Get a Deeper Understanding of Investment - Panel Discussion

26 March 2024 16:00 - 18:00

‘Getting investor ready’ is a phrase you’ve no doubt heard countless times on your journey so far…

But in most cases, getting investor ready is usually more about you and your company and less about the investor, the market or the external timing being right to align with your expectations.

However to be truly investor ready and know exactly what your investor is looking for requires a knowledge of how different funds work, how your investor is expecting to make their ROI, how things such as micro and macroeconomics can impact the market and how to get your timings right for not just yourself but the wider market you’re about to go and pitch to.

Join us at 4pm on 26th March 2024 for the Startup Activator's 'Get a Deeper Understanding of Investment Panel’ as we bring together Investors and Entrepreneurs to demystify the world of investment for early-stage startup founders.

The panel discussion brings together a diverse group of investment experts, including seasoned Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Private Equity professionals, and successful startup founders to help educate founders on the intricacies of investment, shedding light on the mechanics of funding, the impact of cyclical events and wider economic factors that can influence how investment decisions are made works.

Don’t go to your next pitch second guessing what your investor is likely to be thinking…



Kate Longsworth - CEO of Gaia Learning

Kate Longworth is the CEO of Gaia Learning, and marketing entrepreneur across Education and Tech; having partnered with the NHS, local authorities and colleges to understand learner experiences in education. Kate's daughter has Pathological Demand Avoidance.

Jess Jackson - Investment Manager, Praetura Ventures

Jess has extensive experience supporting businesses, including at Praetura Ventures where she is responsible for identifying and managing investment opportunities for our EIS Growth Fund and the GMC Life Sciences Fund By Praetura.

As well as having a passion for social impact companies, Jess is a founding member of Fund Her North, a collective which champions investment opportunities for women. Prior to joining Praetura, Jess worked at GC Angels, overseeing fund deployment into a wide range of businesses.

David Levine, Principal at Manchester Angels & CEO at Glenluna Ventures

David is a serial entrepreneur in the technology sector and Principal at Manchester Angels; a technology investment angel network in partnership with leading global tech advisory GP Bullhound and commercial property specialist Bruntwood. He also runs Glenluna Ventures, a tech advisory business that raises money for early-stage startups and scaleups.

As Founder and ex CEO of Visual Commerce business DigitalBridge (now Fixtuur) he pioneered the use of AI in consumer-facing design solutions concluding deals with some of the world's largest DIY retailers

He is an advisor and NED for several technology startups/scaleups and supports those businesses through early growth and fund-raising journeys; he has raised millions in funding for both his business and for others.

Jordan Dargue, Co-Founder of Lifted ventures

Jordan Dargue, a visionary senior executive, board director and angel investor in her own right revolutionising the investment landscape with unrivalled passion for diversity, innovation finance and a proven track record of success. 

Jordan has made a significant impact in the investment landscape, having been recognised for her achievements in making a difference for SME’s to access early stage finance.

As the former co-leader, Director and Board Member of NorthInvest, as well as co-founder of Fund Her North, and Founder of Women Angels of the North an angel syndicate which she grew to 50 women to support and back female founders.  Jordan has led multi million equity-based investment rounds, developed award winning investor networks and supported thousands of SME’s to raise investment. 

Jordan has recently Co-Founded Lifted Ventures to support diverse entrepreneurs to access early stage investment.

Lifted Angels are an angel and co-investor network which is primed to address the lack of funding going to diverse entrepreneurs outside of London, promoting the business benefits to backing female founders. 


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26 March 2024 16:00 - 18:00
Manchester Tech Incubator Circle Square, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED

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