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Female Founders Forum Roundtable III: The Pre-IPO Phase

  • Room U, Portcullis House Bridge Street London, SW1A 2LW (map)

Where our first two FFF Roundtables address early stage investments, the third will cover the pre-IPO phase – later stage investments (Series C+) and debt financing.

As companies grow, they need access to greater capital either with additional rounds from venture firms, institutions, private equity or strategic partners. The private capital markets are heavily male-dominated, both in terms of who is allocating capital and the companies they choose to fund. While we are seeing an expanding number of organisations committed to investing in women entrepreneurs, the Roundtable will ask how promising women-led businesses can better promote themselves, and access the finance they need to achieve unicorn status.

We will hear first hand from Forum members on their experiences of raising advanced investment to scale their businesses, and uncover the challenges that remain.


The Female Founders Forum is sponsored by Barclays. Barclays has a 325-year history of backing pioneers in business and beyond, as well as helping provide solutions to the challenges facing business and society across the world. That’s why the bank has been delighted to help convene some of the country’s leading female entrepreneurs from business, media and politics, to discuss the challenges and solutions to starting and scaling up a business.

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