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Masterclass: Inside the Investor's Mind, 9 July 2018, W London – Leicester Square

The Industry London
13 June 2018

How to find the right backer for fashion and style industry businesses.

Whether you are starting out or scaling up, this Masterclass will help you prepare your business for investment, find the right investor and get the best from them through to exit, be they seed investors, high net worth individuals or private equity houses.

How do you get ready for investment? Where do you find an investor? What type of investor is right for you? How do you structure the right deal? How do you work with an investor once you have them on board? These burning questions and more will be answered.

We have assembled an expert panel to impart their valuable advice and the benefit of their experience in this energetic and engaging event, including a leading entrepreneur who has raised more than $8m, one of fashion's best known and respected business advisers and a professional investor.

Over two hours after breakfast we will have you inspired, confident and ready to start planning the next big step of your growth plan before you are back at your desk before lunchtime.

As well as the chance to quiz our speakers, you will also meet with fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders in the fashion, beauty and style-related industries in the setting of one of the West End's most fashionable hotels.

Our speakers are:

Toby Darbyshire, co-founder and CEO, of innovative underwear business Heist Studios which is backed by a number of investors including Dame Natalie Massenet's Imaginary Ventures, Firstminute Capital, JamJar and Pembroke VCT. Toby has raised more than $8m and Heist is considered to be one of the most exciting new direct to consumer businesses in the fashion space.

Natasha Frangos, partner at top 30 accountancy firm haysmacintyre. Natasha heads up haysmacintyre's Creative, Media and Technology (CMT) team and her clients include digital agencies, design, fashion, retail and ecommerce businesses and technology companies. She wll be speaking on the subject of preparing for investment, finding the right investor and getting what you want from a deal.

James Wain, Senior Associate, True Global. James works for leading retail and consumer private equity and venture capital fund True, which has more than £200m of assets under management. He sits on the board of two of their portfolio companies, Ribble Cycles and The Cotswold Company. Prior to joining True, James worked for the Retail & Consumer M&S Advisory Team at PWC and before that worked for high-growth online retailer The Hut Group. He will offer his insight on what attracts investors, what scares them off and how to work with an investor to best mutual advantage once you have them on board.


8am: Arrivals, coffee and pastries

8.30am Welcome: Lauretta Roberts, Editor in Chief, The Industry

8.35am Natasha Frangos, haysmacintyre

9.05am James Wain, True Global

9.35am Toby Darbyshire, Heist Studios

10.05am Audience Q&A and networking

10.30am Event close

This event is FREE of charge for members of The Industry; members should please RSVP to [email protected]  To become a member of The Industry and attend all of our events for free for a full year, please visit our JOIN US page.

Non-members can book here. Early bird bookers can benefit from the special price of £75+VAT until 20 June 2018 after which the price will rise to £95+VAT. Seats are also limited, so you are advised to book early.

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