Join us to hear from the incredible founder of Backstage Capital, Arlan Hamilton.


About this Event

As a university we have the power to shape the future workforce. But currently only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs are women, a gender gap that’s comparable to 1.1 million missing businesses, and just 0.2% of Venture Capital funding goes to black women founders.


Closing this gap could add an additional £250 billion in Gross Value Add to the UK economy and businesses with a woman on the executive team are proven to be more likely to have higher valuations.


There is an urgent need to diversify in order to strengthen the future workforce. This evening, we will discuss how we can empower and support more women, people of colour and those from underrepresented groups to become founders and leaders? How can we help address the disparities in entrepreneurship support, celebrate more role models, and create a diverse and confident workforce that represents all of us?


Join us to meet nine exceptional entrepreneurs on the Foundry's L.E.V8 Women programme, and hear from three of our 2019 L.E.V8 Women Ambassadors Arlan Hamilton, Niamh Gavin and Kal Patel. Arlan and Niamh will be interviewed by Investor and Advisor, Kal Patel, they will discuss the responsibility we have and the role we can play in contributing to a brighter future.




5.00pm Registration opens


5.30pm Welcome from Foundry Director Ana Bakshi


5:40pm Showcase by L.E.V8 Women 2019


6.15pm Interview with Arlan Hamilton and Niamh Gavin, by Kal Patel


7.00pm Event close


Arlan Hamilton


Arlan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm that exclusively invests in companies founded by women, people of colour and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Through her new $36 million fund for black female founders, Arlan is changing entrepreneurship in the United States. She is a Stanford grad and was on the cover of Fast Company's magazine. But just a couple of years prior, Arlan was homeless. Join us to hear her inspirational story and words of advice.


Niamh Gavin


Scientist turned Product Manager turned VC, Niamh enjoys exploring tech from multiple angles. This curiosity has also resulted in her deploying frontier tech across Asia, Middle East, Europe and USA. Having worked with incumbents, disruptors and regulators she appreciates the challenge that category defining startups face but also the immense benefit created when they succeed. Her multidisciplinary approach results in her providing strategic, product and operational support across sectors; from R&D hubs to listed companies. Niamh holds a double First from Oxford in Bio/Genetics, an MBA from Stanford and Computational Bio Post Grad from Stanford/Tsinghua


Kal Patel


Kal Patel is a seasoned global business executive currently focused on angel investing and advisory partnerships with innovative growth-oriented CEOs. He has over 25 years of senior executive level global business experience across a range of organizations including Best Buy Inc, KPMG Consulting, Vantage Point Capital Partners and Strategos Inc.






Undergraduates – Postgraduates – DPhil candidates – Staff




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