Fireside Chats




13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 2.45pm – 3pm

Fireside Chat 1 :

Peter Cowley, Super Angel, UK Angel Investor of the Year 2015 & Chair, Cambridge Angels, UK

Best Practice: Corporate Ventures as an Exit Strategy

This fireside chat will focus on the practices of an angel investor who raised funds from a corporate venture for his investment in a startup. We will hear more about his experiences with corporate ventures and their expectations from angel investors and startups. We will also hear about the differences between raising funds from a corporate venture and from business angel syndicates, and from VCs vs private equity funds. The session will highlight the pros and cons of making an exit and/or raising funds in cooperation with corporate ventures. You will learn tips for partnering with corporate ventures when it is time to globalise your angel investment.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 3.45pm – 4pm

Fireside Chat 2 :

Prof Panayiotis H. Ketikidis, Chair, South-East European Research Centre (SEERC), Greece

The Science of Success: The Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory

Many universities have developed their business programme curriculum and the teaching of entrepreneurship methodology to align with the Startup Compass Theory, which proposes nine steps an entrepreneur has to consider: from wannapreneurship to innovation, on to entrepreneurship and marketing and sales, and then to branding to institutionalisation and franchising, finally progressing to leadership and angel investment. While the inclusion of this approach in educational programmes and workshops attests to its success, it has only recently been evaluated and scientifically validated. In this fireside chat, Prof Panayiotis H. Ketikidis will present their findings about the applicability of the Startup Compass Theory.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Montreux Hall ⏐ 3pm – 3.20pm

Fireside Chat 3 :

Tom Yoritaka, Founder & Global Managing Director, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence,
Cisco Corporate Development, USA &
Andrew McCartney, Founding Partner at Whitespace Ventures, UK

Corporate-Startup Collaboration and Opportunities for Investors

Corporate partners and investors can play an important role in accelerating the growth of startups. However, working with corporates is seldom as simple as it sounds. The fireside chat will explore opportunities and challenges of corporate-startup collaboration - and encourage investors to play an active part in helping to forge the right corporate-startup partnerships.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Montreux Hall ⏐ 4.30pm – 4.50pm

Fireside Chat 4 :

Dr Altay Atlı, Research Associate, Istanbul Policy Center, Turkey &
Rasih Ozturkmen, Senior Vice President, Li & Fung, Turkey

Involving angel investors and corporate ventures in the One Belt, One Road

Forecast to boost trade to $2.5tn per year in the next decade and reaching 63% of the world’s population, China’s Belt & Road Initiative will change the face of the global trade..
The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, also known as The Belt and Road (B&R), One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or the Belt and Road Initiative is a development strategy and framework proposed by president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries, primarily between the People's Republic of China and the rest of Eurasia. The project consists of two main components: the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the Maritime Silk Road (MSR).
The strategy underlines China's push to take a bigger role in global affairs and its need to prioritise capacity cooperation in areas such as steel manufacturing. The area covered by the initiative is primarily Asia and Europe, encompassing around 60 countries. Oceania and East Africa are also included. Anticipated cumulative investment over an indefinite timescale is variously put at between US$4 trillion and US$8 trillion. One Belt, One Road has been contrasted with the two US-centric trading arrangements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
If one takes into consideration that the total business revenue of the entire world is US$20 trillion, and that around half of it comes from the 60 countries involved in this initiative, and the initiative’s anticipated cumulative investment over an indefinite timescale is variously put at between US$4 trillion and US$8 trillion, it is critical to discuss what role early-stage investment markets will take in this process.
This panel discussion will address the challenges and opportunities for early-stage investment market players in one of the biggest global project of the 21st century. Panel members will discuss how corporate ventures, angel investors, early-stage investment funds, and private equities can take an active role in the project. They will propose set-by-step guidelines for interested parties to co-operate with project teams.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Montreux Hall ⏐ 4.50pm – 5.15pm

Fireside Chat 5 :

Luca Peyrano, CEO of ELITE, London Stock Exchange Group, UK

Next stage of growth through access to long term financing opportunities

London Stock Exchange Group proposes a unique programme, ELITE, an integrated service designed to help SMEs prepare and structure for the next stage of growth through access to long term financing opportunities. It targets SMEs with a sound business model, clear growth strategy and a desire to obtain funding in the near future. It now accounts for more than 200 companies of different sizes and sectors, more than 150 partners and more than 70 long term. Enjoy the exclusive interview with Luca Peyrano, CEO of ELITE - London Stock Exchange Group.