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19 May 2020

The Future Fund Launched: A Real-Time Panel Discussion

Date Tuesday 19 May 2020 Time 17:30 - 18:45 BST Key Contacts
Location Online webinar

When: Tuesday, 19 May at 17:30 – 18:45 BST – sign up via the button below.

On Monday afternoon, the British Business Bank released the definitive guidance on the Future Fund, which was first announced by the Chancellor on 20 April and is now due to launch this Wednesday, 20 May.

Panel discussion: MJ Hudson has assembled a select Panel from the venture industry to discuss the practical implications of the Future Fund for UK start-ups and their investors. Expect a lively debate involving the views of founders and managers, covering a wide range of topics in relation to this latest Government scheme, including:

  • Eligibility requirements (investor and company)
  • Application process
  • Commercial terms of the convertible
  • Practical tips

Joining us on the Panel will be:

  • Joe White MBE, General Partner, Entrepreneur First
  • Kerry Baldwin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, IQ Capital
  • Melissa Morris, CEO and Founder, Lantum
  • Theo Saville, Co-Founder and CEO, CloudNC

MJ Hudson Partner and Head of VC, Karma Samdup, will moderate the Panel discussion, which will begin with a brief Future Fund update from fellow VC Partner, Andrew Pannell, followed by the main Panel discussion.

There will also be time for Q&A towards the end of the webinar so we encourage you to come armed and ready with some searching questions to put to the Panel.

If you wish to attend, please click here to register.


Panellist Biographies


Joe White MBE

General Partner, Entrepreneur First

Joe is Silicon Valley based entrepreneur and investor. He is General Partner of Entrepreneur First, a Greylock backed early stage deep tech fund for which he’s raised and run $200m of funds, co-chair of GBx, a curated network of British entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, non-exec for the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team where he advises on social impact technology products, and former co-founder of, a website and ecommerce platform hosting 7m sites, which he exited in 2012.

Joe is an active angel investor and received an MBE from HM Queen in 2017 for Services to Technology Businesses.


Kerry Baldwin

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, IQ Capital

Kerry co-founded IQ Capital in 2006 and has over 20 years deep-tech venture capital experience. Originally with BDO Stoy Hayward, she joined Venture Technologies in 1998, investing in the first wave of UK internet companies and has focussed on early stage technology investing ever since.

Kerry specialises in GTM, Strategic Marketing, Competitive Intelligence and board dynamics. She sits on several boards including FNA, Cybersmart, BMLL, Divido, Apperio, Neurovalens and Synthesized and has conducted several IPOs and exits.

She is known as a contributor to best practice in venture capital following her studies, including an in-depth study on Investment Committee best practice and decision making. She is the Vice-Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School).


Melissa Morris

CEO and Founder, Lantum

Melissa Morris is CEO and Founder of Lantum, a scheduling and workforce management platform for healthcare. Lantum is now the number one staffing platform in the UK by number of paying clients – Lantum has over 1,500 clients in the UK. Lantum recently launched in the US with Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in California.

Lantum has won multiple awards including Amazon Web Services digital business of the year last year. Melissa was previously a management consultant at Mckinsey & Co, where she saw first-hand the workforce management challenges faced by healthcare systems across the world.


Theo Saville

CEO and Co-Founder, CloudNC

Theo is a Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineer (M.Eng, University of Warwick), with a background in weapons development, advanced laser-based metals 3D printing research at Warwick Manufacturing Group, and sales. Theo entered metals 3D printing expecting to be able to harness a technology ready to disrupt manufacturing, but gradually became disillusioned with the state and future applicability of the technology. He was exposed to CNC machining around the same time and realised the disruptive potential if it could be automated to the same degree as plastics 3D printing.

Theo was recognised in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 in Manufacturing & Industry.