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Private Capital Symposium Panel

Six things we learnt from our Private Capital Symposium 2022

This week we welcomed over 200 attendees who returned to the London Business School for our first Private Capital Symposium in three years, organised by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital. It was amazing to bring so many people together to discuss investment trends, technological developments and forecast how the turbulent market will affect […]

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Grape ESG launches RotasAirbnb, a sustainable tourism platform

Airbnb collaborates with Grape ESG to launch of sustainable tourism platform RotasAirbnb, an ecologically sustainable way to enjoy the most beautiful locations in Brazil. Grape ESG’s latest venture is a collaboration with Airbnb, with the combined support of Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica and the National Road Safety Observatory. RotasAirbnb offers tourists ecologically sustainable opportunities for […]

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China's Venture Capital

China’s vibrant venture capital scene: just a step behind the USA

Venture capital (VC) in China has grown enormously since its establishment in the mid-1980s such that the level of VC investing is now second only to the USA. Dr. Keith Arundale, the author of Venture Capital Performance: A Comparative Study of Investment Practices in Europe and the USA (2019, Routledge), and his colleague, Dr. Ying […]

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Vinu Natarajan (MBA2022) wins Imperial x LBS Healthcare Hackathon

We spoke to Vinu Natarajan (LBS MBA2022), winner of Imperial College Business School x London Business School Healthcare Hackathon. About the Hackathon There were 65 students from Europe’s top business schools that were randomly divided into 14 teams.  We were then given a case study and given the following prompt: “Ideate a solution that can […]

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Sylvera founders

Sylvera, co-founded by Allister Furey, raises $32m in Series A

Sylvera, the leading carbon credit rating provider, raised a $32m Series A round to accelerate its mission to be a source of truth for carbon markets. Notable VC investors – Index Ventures and Insight Partners – co-led the round with participation from Salesforce Ventures, LocalGlobe and angel investors. This brings Sylvera’s total funding to $39.5 […]

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Hussein Kanji, General Partner at Hoxton Ventures shares advice for founders

Hussein Kanji (LBS MBA 2007) is a Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures having invested in multiple unicorn startups, most notably Deliveroo, Babylon and Darktrace. Hoxton has recently raised its third fund, $215m to invest in early-stage startups. I sat down with Hussein to hear about what founders often get wrong during the fundraising process. Ineffective […]

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Daniel Robaczewski

Vaqat, revolutionising the internship world

Vaqat, is a start-up revolutionising the internship world for students and was founded by early careers London Business School alumnus Daniel Robaczewski MiM2016. We sat down with Daniel to talk about his entrepreneurship journey. Connecting three different problems over 10 years Daniel, an excellent problem solver, joined together three separate pain points he had experienced […]

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Gabriel Jacobson and Michael Vardi, co-founders of Valerann

Valerann co-founders share their 10 life lessons for startups

Gabriel Jacobson MBA2017 and Michael Vardi MBA2017 began working on the prototype for London and Tel Aviv-based smart-mobility startup Valerann in their first year at London Business School. Launched in 2016 and initially conceived as a smart road stud to be used in traffic control and road monitoring, the co-founders made a shift to a […]

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Beenu Arora and Manish Chachada

Cyble: A blue-ocean-industry strategy for a deep, dark place

Beenu Arora EMBA2020 and Manish Chachada EMBA2020 share the wisdom they have acquired since founding cybersecurity startup Cyble in April 2019. This much we know Get the business fundamentals right and the funding will follow Beware the fine print – VCs may want to throw cash at you, but don’t take the ‘easy’ money The […]

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