Alpha Wolves: A Recap of the Leading Scaleup Event connecting CEE scaleups with UK venture ecosystem

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Alpha Wolves: A Recap of the Leading Scaleup Event connecting CEE scaleups with UK venture ecosystem

The Alpha Wolves, an exclusive forum for growth-stage companies partnering with venture and growth capital to achieve scale, was held in London on March 8-9th, 2023. The event  brought together over 289 attendees from 36 countries, including 54 investors, 23 LPs, and 55 business executives. It provided a chance for all attendees to network, learn about the UK tech environment, and hear from experts on investment trends, international scaling, alternative financing sources, and business psychology.

Numerous renowned speakers discussed gender, socioeconomic diversity, and developing empathy and inclusivity to foster positive relationships between employers and employees in a business.

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Alpha Wolves was organized in collaboration with the headline partners: Vienna Business Agency and City of Vienna, Green Angel Ventures, Miquido, JWW, and Invest HK.

Alpha Wolves London was opened on 8th March, the International Women’s Day, with a panel discussion about how gender-balanced investment can affect the returns. Let’s give a big shout out to the panelists:

  • Agata Leliwa Nowicka, Founder at Female Foundry
  • Gina King, Co-Founder, Partner & CCO at Supernode Global, 
  • Jaysri (Jay) Thangam, Senior Investment Manager, Fund F by Female Founders,
  • Moderator: Irina Obushtarova, Co-founder & CEO, The Recursive.

The panel discussion aimed to explore the reasons behind the funding gap and how female investors could help bring more diversity into the venture capital ecosystem and fund more female entrepreneurs. The panelists highlighted the importance of gender-balanced investing and the need to continue the conversation beyond International Women's Day.

 

On March 9th, the event officially opened with a fireside chat that was focused on scaling up, building a sustainable business and agility in startups. Revolut's Co-Founder and CTO, Vlad Yatsenko, spoke about the company's journey from two people in 2014 to 6,000+ people in over 40 countries with 25 million users and a valuation of $33 billion. Maria Barsuk, an investment director at EBRD, joined the panel and discussed her experience helping a Ukrainian company, Depositphotos, scale up and eventually be acquired by a public company in NASDAQ. 

 

Other notable activities included the GP showcase, where investors had the opportunity to present their fund’s strategies to our hand-picked board of Limited Partners, and the Scaleup Showcase, where scaleups presented their innovative products and services to a diverse audience, along with the expert-led Mentors panel. 

The event's agenda was packed with tailored 1:1 Matchmaking sessions, interactive workshops about international expansion, investment trends and mindfulness for business professionals, keynote speeches, and panel discussions. Among the featured speakers were Neville Taraporewalla, President of The Times Group in North America, Antoaneta Hristova, VP of Partnerships and Customer Marketing of Smule Inc., Sheena Amin, Director of ITW AdVentures, Jan Riepl, Regional Manager of Vienna Business Agency, Lucanus Polagnoli, Founding Partner, calmstorm.vc, Jonathan Hollis, Partner, Mountside Ventures, and Zoltan Vardy, Startup Mentor, Founder, The Launch Code.

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Join our events for the opportunity to participate in a leading tech and startup event mark your calendars for Wolves Summit, which will take place on May 23-25th, 2023 in Wroclaw, Poland. Don't miss the chance to connect with leading investors, industry experts, and innovative startups and scaleups! 

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