What to Expect From VCs at Web Summit

By Juan Fajardo Juan Fajardo has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on October 15, 2021

Web Summit, the biggest tech event in the world, is coming back with a panel with some of the most influential speakers in the corporate venture capital world.

With more than 2000 corporations actively engaging in venture capital initiatives, many founders are left wondering “Why should we consider corporate VC?” Moderated by our own Jordan French, Grit Daily’s Executive Editor, the panel will explore the growing popularity of corporate venture capital (CVC) over traditional firms when it comes to raising funds on November 2nd.

Duncan McIntyre, Global Strategist at Delivery Hero and Managing Partner at DX Ventures; Anis Uzzaman, Founder & CEO at Pegasus Tech Ventures; and Gouzelle Ishmatova CSO at L’OREAL BOLD Ventures, will make their case for CVCs by explaining how they can add value to growing businesses.

About Jordan French

An award-winning journalist and Executive Director at Grit Daily, Jordan has decades of experience in the engineering, law, and creative industry having worked for organizations ranging from NASA to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

He has also co-founded 6 successful companies, which provide him with a unique perspective on the world of entrepreneurship that he is now using to help others start and succeed in their own journeys… As well as how to dress to impress while doing so.

About Duncan McIntyre

Having started his career at Macquarie Bank as part of the principal investment team, Duncan is now a managing partner at DX Ventures, where he applies his vast experience by investing in the most promising startups. Duncan is also considered the one who got Delivery Hero listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange some years ago after internationalizing the business.

A firm believer in the need for innovation through disruption, he has led DX ventures to invest on a global scale instead of limiting itself to a geographic focus. By supporting startups all around the world, the firm he helps lead has become a major driver of innovation in multiple industries.

About Cecilia Qvist

A University of Edinburgh graduate and former Spotify executive, Cecilia Qvist is now the Head of LEGO Ventures, an organization focused on supporting learning-through-play startups and initiatives. With years of experience in the tech industry, she has been helping founders to build sustainable and successful businesses.

Cecilia has held several leadership positions across the years, including Global Head Of Market at Spotify, Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cint, Head of Business Development and Vice President at Ericsson, and more. Now, she is focusing all of her experience, connections, and drive for innovation into helping startups succeed in an increasingly competitive entrepreneurial landscape.

About Anis Uzzaman

Founder and CEO of Pegasus Tech Ventures, Anis has become a household name in Silicon Valley. His firm has more than $1.7 billion under its management, including some of the biggest startups in the world such as SpaceX, Airbnb, Doordash, 23andMe, Bird, Coinbase, and Robinhood.

In addition to being a Forbes Finance Council Member and contributor, the Computer Engineering PH.D. also serves as Chairman of the Startup World Cup, one of the biggest platforms for startups looking to make it in the increasingly competitive entrepreneurship world.

About Gouzelle Ishmatova

With more than 16 years in the #1 beauty company in the world and a passion for entrepreneurship, Gouzelle is now serving as Chief Strategy Officer at Bold Corporate Venture Fund L’Oreál.

Gouzelle’s strong focus on innovation, brand strategy, and advertising, as well as having traveled and led teams across the globe, instilled an entrepreneurial mind and hunger for innovation from an early age. She holds an MBA degree from the London Business School and an insatiable curiosity, a combination that has allowed her to help startups in different industries to thrive.

By Juan Fajardo Juan Fajardo has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Juan Fajardo is a News Desk Editor at Grit Daily. He is a software developer, tech and blockchain enthusiast, and writer, areas in which he has contributed to several projects. A jack of all trades, he was born in Bogota, Colombia but currently lives in Argentina after having traveled extensively. Always with a new interest in mind and a passion for entrepreneurship, Juan is a news desk editor at Grit Daily where it covers everything related to the startup world.

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