Thursday 11 November 2010
With Lucy P. Marcus
Lucy P. Marcus (Founder & CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, Chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, Fellow of Judge Business School and Non-Executive Board Director – full bio below) will share her outlook on the state of venture capital in the UK, Europe and beyond, examining how the model is functioning and asking whether it is robust enough to function in the future.
The session will examine the changing nature of what it means to be an accomplished VC in an arena of increasingly complex deals and sectors in a transitioning economy. It will also look at the impact of the economic environment where limited partners and venture capitalists are becoming increasingly risk averse: who is left to invest in early-stage ventures? Finally, Lucy will look at the responsibility the investment community bears when investing in sectors like biotech and cleantech, areas that impact people and the planet.
Date: Thursday 11 November 2010
Capacity: 200 people
Agenda: Networking and Drinks (from 6:30 onwards); Talk (7:30); Q&A Session (8:00); Drinks and canapés, networking (until late)
Venue: Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5JJ - 30th Floor (we hope you'll enjoy breathtaking views of London and the River Thames !!)
Proceeds from the event will go to the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), a charity promoting equal access to education and care for all children.
ABOUT LUCY MARCUS
Lucy is the Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd. Committed to fostering sustainable success for funding organisations, Marcus Venture Consulting works with clients from around the world in venture capital and private equity funds, institutions and corporations to help them create robust businesses with strong foundations for their funding efforts, and to ensure that they are recognised as smart and good money in what is a competitive and challenging funding environment. She is also a Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, teaching and researching on leadership & innovation, and exploring the changing landscape in funding in biotech, pharma, and cleantech.
Lucy serves as non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund Investment Panel, non-executive director and chair of the board audit committee of BioCity Nottingham, and as an independent non-executive director and treasurer on the board of the International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA). She is co-founder, judge and chair of the board of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards, a member of the international advisory board of the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, is also on the board of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She recently completed two consecutive terms on the advisory board of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and was a non-executive director and board treasurer and fellow of the British-American Project. She co-founded and chairs the Leadership in Conflict project which is developing leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones. Lucy is also the Chair of The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders, and the Founder of HighTech Women.
Bringing a 360 degree perspective, Lucy has worked in a numbers of sectors from software and the internet to government and financial services. Prior to founding Marcus Venture Consulting, Lucy was co-founder and VP of Marketing and Sales of an enterprise management software company, she was in charge of Marketing and Business Development for EMEA at Infinity Financial Technologies, ran the EMEA operations of a communications consulting company, and worked at Price Waterhouse in the East European Services Division and at the US Treasury Department’s Economic Policy Division.
Selected as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, Lucy is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program and a fellow of the British-American Project, and was selected to take part in the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Transatlantic Forums, and the Council of the United States and Italy’s Young Leaders Forum. Lucy was featured as “Director of the Month” in Director Magazine for December 2009. She has been listed as a “face to watch” in Management Today Magazine’s list of Britain’s 50 Most Powerful Women and in Business Age Magazine’s “10 Women Changing the Direction of British Business”. Lucy also served on the jury to select The Wall Street Journal Europe’s Most Successful Businesswomen in Europe, and on the “Digital Democracy” steering group of the John Smith Memorial Trust.
A regular speaker on global economic trends and best practices for investment, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, technology, corporate governance, and women in business, Lucy is frequently quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Reuters, Investment Dealers’ Digest, Les Echos, the Guardian, Globes, Financial News, Venture Capital Journal, Infoconomy, and Red Herring. She has been profiled in the Financial Times, Tornado-Insider Magazine, and Lynne Franks’ Seedfusion. Lucy has appeared on CNBC, Sky Business Report, and BBC World Service; her articles have been published in Management Today Magazine, Tornado-Insider Magazine, netimperative, and Business 2.0. She was also profiled in the book “Powerful Women: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling” (Wiley 2001), and contributed to “Women in the New Economy: A Regional Perspective” (The Smith Institute 2001).
A dual American and British citizen, Lucy holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England). She can be found on Twitter via @lucymarcus