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Playfair Capital presents our Female Founders Office Hours initiative

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Our Mission

Collaboration is Queen. At Playfair, we believe in the power of bringing people together to solve issues and make us all stronger. As investors, we recognise the potential for entrepreneurship to improve society, but this will not be fully realised until we achieve real equality in access to startup funding. That’s why we have always been strong advocates of the power of collaboration. We are using this principle to address the continuing headwinds for female founders in tech.

Started by the Playfair Capital team in 2019 and supported by Tech Nation and Microsoft for Startups in 2020, FFOH has already brought together 300 founders for 1,200 one-to-one mentoring and pitch meetings with over 80 investors across three editions to date.

We recognise that there is no single quick fix for redressing the lack of funding for female founders; we need everyone to play their part. That is why we are hosting collaborative office hours with dozens of other VCs, diversity groups and advocates. We hope to build on their great work, helping to connect the dots between founders and investors.

Playfair has committed to running the main initiative three times a year to ensure continued support for female founders. In addition, all investors participating in the initiative have pledged to take on one founder from each edition for ongoing mentoring, giving depth as well as breadth of support.

The problems we’re focussing on are:

  1. A lack of funding and support for female founders in tech

  2. Barriers to accessing investors, particularly outside of London

Our solution has four pillars:

  1. Access. No warm intros needed.

  2. Remote. Geography is not a barrier.

  3. Collaboration. All investors, groups and initiatives working together.

  4. Founder-driven. Ask for advice, feedback, funding, or introductions.

If you would like to dive deeper into our reasons for launching the Female Founder Office Hours initiative and for a wealth of resources for female founders, please visit our dedicated Notion page.

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November 2020

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Female Founders Investor Office Hours - November

Female Founder Office Hours (remote 4th edition)

Thursday 5th & 12th November Three Dots Horizontal

On Thursday 5th November and Thursday 12th November, another 200 female founders will have the opportunity to meet over 60 investors from the UK’s leading VCs for one hour of remote office hours to discuss their business idea, ask for advice (Covid-related or otherwise) or pitch for investment.

The criteria for applying are:

  1. Your company has at least one female founder.

  2. You’re a tech company.

  3. You’re UK-based.

  4. You’ve raised less than £1m.

  5. NB. Female founders who have previously attended FFOH Editions I-III can apply again, but new founders will be given priority.

If you either are or know a female founder who would like to join us for Edition IV, please register at the link below. Applications close Sunday 18th October. We will be in touch by the end of October to confirm all founders selected and with further details.

Register for the event

June 2020

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Female Founder Office Hours (remote 3rd edition) - Event 2

Wednesday 24th June Three Dots Horizontal

We received so many applications for Female Founder Office Hours that we decided to put on a second event for another 100 female founders, with 30 more VCs joining Playfair Capital and Tech Nation on June 24th.

Across these two events combined there will be:

  • 800 office hour meetings

  • 200 female founders

  • 200 hours of mentorship, support & pitching

  • 60+ VC investors from the UK’s leading funds

Applications are closed for this June edition, and the next Female Founder Office Hours will be held in October with details to be shared in September.

Please visit our Notion page where we are collating all resources for female founders pre- and post- office hours here

Female Founders Event 2

Female Founder Office Hours (remote 3rd edition)

Thursday 4th June Three Dots Horizontal

Our third, remote edition of our collaborative Female Founder Investor Office Hours builds on the success of our events in February 2020 and November last year.

This time, we're going fully remote to broaden access to female founders across the country, supported by Tech Nation and 30 investors from the UK's leading VCs alongside the Playfair Capital team.

The primary aim of this initiative is mentorship & support, and secondary is fundraising. We hope that with time, the two will go hand-in-hand.

We welcome applications from any UK-based female founder whose business is tech and pre-Series A. We will do our best to accommodate as many founders as possible and provide support to all regardless. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 24th May.

Female Founders Event 2

February 2020

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Female founder investor office hours

Female Founder Office Hours (2nd edition)

Thursday 20th February Three Dots Horizontal

Our first investor office hours of the year builds on the success of our event in November last year.

As before, the Playfair Capital team will be joined by investors from other funds as we welcome up to 40 female founders to Warner Yard.

To finish the event, we’ve invited a female founder from our portfolio to deliver a keynote presentation on their journey so far – part advice, part inspiration.