EVENT | Laidlaw Scholars Ventures Launch & Career Panel on Venture Capital

Join us in London or online on 3 December 2021, for the Laidlaw Alumni Society’s first-ever in-person Career Panel & the launch of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures!

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Join us in London or online on 3 December 2021, for the Laidlaw Alumni Society’s first-ever in-person Career Panel & the launch of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures!

Date: Friday, 3 December, 5 PM GMT / 12 PM EST.

Venue: This event will take place at Fora - Spitalfields, located at 35-41 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, United Kingdom. The venue is set between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations. View the location on Google Maps here.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92298383366

Dress Code: Smart Casual


5:00 PM - Registration begins in the live venue in London.

5:30 PM - Career panel begins live & on Zoom.

6:40 PM - Laidlaw Scholars Ventures launch begins after a short break. Opening remarks will be delivered by Foundation CEO Susanna Kempe and LSV Chief Investment Officer Niall Santamaria, followed by a Q&A with Niall.

7:00 - Networking session begins, with food and drinks available.

8:30 PM - The event closes. 

The Laidlaw Alumni Society and Laidlaw Scholars Ventures are pleased to announce their co-sponsored Venture Capital event taking place oFriday 3 December 2021.

Join us either in our live venue in London, or on Zoom from wherever you are in the world, to view our first-ever in-person Career Panel, this time exploring careers in Venture Capital. Then celebrate the launch of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures over drinks and nibbles with the Alumni Society, Laidlaw Foundation and Laidlaw Scholars Ventures CEO Susanna V. Kempe, Chief Investment Officer Niall Santamaria, and business mentors!

The Alumni Society will be revealing the Venture Capital panellists in the run-up to the event – to catch all new announcements, follow the Laidlaw Foundation on LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Kayla Kim (kayla.kim@laidlawfoundation.com) or Areesha Siddiqui (areesha.siddiqui@mail.utoronto.ca).

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The Panellists



Chief Investment Officer, Laidlaw Scholars Ventures

Niall has been working with startups for the last decade, investing and advising CEOs on growth strategies, fundraising and providing introductions to support them as they scale. He joined the Laidlaw Foundation in 2021 from Edge Investments where he led investments, supported as a Board Director and managed exits in high-growth early-stage businesses.



Investor, Frog Capital
Esther is a VC Scout for Ada Ventures and an investor in Frog Capital. She is currently studying a Law (LLB) with Legal Innovation and Technology degree. She previously served in the public sector as the Structured Dialogues Officer for the British Youth Council and as the Chair of Youth Cabinet during the pandemic. 



Investment Partner, Eka Ventures

Camilla is a Partner at Eka Ventures. Eka invests in founders creating positive change through solving environmental and social objectives. Prior to founding Eka Ventures, Camilla invested in consumer technology at MMC Ventures focusing on Seed and Series A and then Burda Principal Investments focusing on Series B to Pre-IPO. Camilla started her career at Bain & Company.



Co-Founder and CEO, Mana

James is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mana, the platform for purposeful creators to share their knowledge. James started his career at McKinsey & Company and later worked in venture capital at SoftBank Investment Advisers, where he advised transformations at WeWork and Arm, and led SoftBank’s COVID-19 response. In addition to commercial roles, he has also advised UNICEF GIGA, an initiative to connect schools to the Internet backed by Elon Musk.



Europe Chapter President, Laidlaw Alumni Society

Josh is the Europe Chapter President of the Laidlaw Foundation’s Alumni Society. He is currently studying for an Economics and Statistics degree at University College London. With his business experience from operations and marketing to venture capital and entrepreneurship, he is determined to become a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist leading and supporting good businesses in his generation.

Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion. 

For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

Please feel free to get in touch. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/writing or even ballroom dance :)