From PoC to IPO (or not): the journey of a deep tech company

We are delighted to be hosting a can't miss startup event on 19th May, which brings together deep tech entrepreneurs and investors to discuss key insights into the typical growth journey of a deep tech company.

About this event

This event is designed to provide deep tech founders with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the journey ahead and meet investors or other entrepreneurs that might be able to support them on the way. Brought to you by Bloc Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and The Bradfield Centre.


  • 6pm: Arrival and refreshments
  • 6.30pm: Welcome from Bruce Beckloff, CEO at Bloc Ventures
  • 6.40pm: Getting to Series A stage (Chaired by Dr Alisa Molotova). Panellists: Miles Kirby (Deeptech Labs); Dr Elaine Loukes (Cambridge Enterprise); Rick Hao (Speedinvest); Dr Lee Thornton (IP Group)
  • 7.20pm: Getting to Growth stage and beyond (Chaired by Michael Dimelow). Panellists: Dr Manjari Chandran-Ramesh (Amadeus Capital); Simon King (Octopus Ventures); David Delfassy (Ahren Innovation Capital); Sonya Iovieno (Silicon Valley Bank); Pete Hutton (Cambridge Angels)
  • 8pm: Refreshments and networking
  • 9pm: Ends



Bloc Ventures is a deep tech investor with a team made up of technologists with experience building globally successful companies like ARM and Vodafone. Typically we invest at Seed to Series A stage in companies across Europe and Israel, focused on cloud, connectivity, data science and security. Our portfolio includes companies in AI, quantum computing and IoT security. Companies can pitch directly to the Bloc investment team.

Silicon Valley Bank. The Bank of Innovation Economy. Our mission is to increase the probability of our clients’ success, by helping innovators, enterprises, and their investors move bold ideas forward fast. We provide a full range of financial services to companies of all sizes in innovation centres around the world. Learn more about Silicon Valley Bank.

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