What is Laidlaw Scholars Ventures?

Niall Santamaria, Chief Investment Officer at Laidlaw Scholars Ventures, explores why we created the fund, the vision behind it, and how LSV can help your business succeed as it scales and grows.

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Niall Santamaria, Chief Investment Officer at Laidlaw Scholars Ventures, explores why we created the fund, the vision behind it, and how LSV can help your business succeed as it scales and grows.

➡️ Watch Niall explain how you can apply to fund your business with Laidlaw Scholars Ventures 

➡️ Watch Niall give his best advice on how you can make your funding application stand out


Timecodes 

00:36 - Who are you, and what do you do at LSV?

01:16 - Why was Laidlaw Scholars Ventures launched?

02:05 - Who does the fund invest in?

03:08 - What is the typical investment like?

03:43 - How do you support portfolio businesses?


About Laidlaw Scholars Ventures

Laidlaw Scholars Ventures (LSV) is a for-profit business investing in start-ups founded and run by Laidlaw Scholars.

Backed by a $50m fund, LSV accelerates Good Businesses by financing their growth, providing support services, delivering extensive training and development, and bringing a network of expert advisors and mentors to guide portfolio businesses.  

All profits from LSV will be returned to the Laidlaw Foundation to invest in its educational programmes designed to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality and develop a new generation of ethical leaders.


About Niall 

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.


Music credit: She-Calls by Ketsa

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. I am a fan of all things human- and design-related, as well as an avid swimmer, obsessive podcast listener, documentary enthusiast, and film photography fan.

Drop me a line if you'd like to chat! 💬👀