Barely a day goes by when there isn’t some talk about what we are doing to our planet and how we must develop more sustainable ways of living and working. Retailers, restaurants and brands are often on the front line, on top of the perfect storm of escalating costs and digital transformation there is consumer and regulatory pressure. Are they doing enough to reduce plastic? Are they giving enough attention to eco issues? With consumers clamouring for change, why are the solutions not as obvious as they seem? We speak to some pioneers in the field to get the behind the scenes story.

Since the beginning of the year, private equity investors have had to navigate the volatility created by the European elections, Brexit, the rise of nationalism and extremism in Europe, Italian politics, French Gilets Jaunes and more. Are these opportunities or threats? What has been the investors’ approach and how have they changed or adapted their models? What is the outlook for alternative investments in Europe? This is what our speakers, leading European investors, will cover.

This month we’re meeting at the quirkily furnished Crown and Sceptre with its range of London brews, guest beers, wines and long drinks. Decorated with vintage Radio Times posters and a print of the first image from the BBC studios – it’s just a short walk from Broadcasting House. We have reserved the Den for the evening.

Wanderlust and the road not taken

October 9, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A relaxed evening discussing the wonders of travel, tales from far off the beaten path, and the why and how of getting to the middle of nowhere.Join us to hear from our intrepid INSEAD explorers (and travel photographers), who have ventured to all those places that we also yearn to see, and hear how their experiences have changed them and what they bring back into their everyday lives. We will be hearing from:

PE and VC Group: Venture Capital Investing

October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Europe’s venture capital landscape has grown dramatically with the emergence of global businesses and more institutional capital flowing to Europe. Which sectors has Europe outperformed in and what are governments doing to encourage more entrepreneurship? Has there been a significant growth in institutional capital flowing into the asset class? In the tech space, what are the key drivers for early-stage businesses and how might strong founders be supported?

Join a presentation on the secret of making two careers and a relationship work over a life-time, and celebrate the launch of INSEAD Professor, Jennifer Petriglieri’s new book: Couples That Work. Enough with the old idea that your relationship is a refuge at best, and a burden at worst, for your career, Jennifer will present insights from her research on how dual-career couples can move beyond trade-offs and set up a work and love life that makes both partners thrive. The event will include a presentation, Q&A and a book signing.

Perfect for those just starting to learn about wine, the Old World classics tasting explores eight of Europe’s signature red and white wine regions. We’ll delve into world-famous grape varieties in their native soils and discuss how regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rioja and Barolo became benchmarks for wine excellence. We’ll also demystify some of the complex labelling terms and jargon surrounding these wines. The evening will be led by Lucy Stevenson, DipWSET.

Entrepreneurs’ Group – Business Angels

November 6, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For the 25th event in the series, we are bringing together more business angels and start-ups. We will select six to eight companies to present to the people with the know-how to help or the cash to invest. This is your chance to play a crucial and fulfilling role if you’re a business angel with resources, time to mentor or would like to be on our expert panel.