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In September 2017, the International Venture Club, together with a select group of invited guests, will gather in Porto, Portugal. Over the course of two intense days, more than 125 senior corporate innovators, independent venture capital fund managers and strategic investors will join forces to debate and do business.
 
The International Venture Club’s flagship event will unite 100+ partner level members of the IVC. The event will provide the participants with the rare chance to meet in a relaxed, retreat style setting to discuss issues and deal opportunities in closed-door sessions.
 
The programme is driven by the IVC Council with Stephan Morais (Executive Board Member, Caixa Capital) acting as the President.
 
This high-level meeting with this year's theme ''Scaling up'' meaning growth and increase of market share, has been designed by leading investors, weary of formulaic panels and keynote conferences, in the simple belief that senior and seasoned investors have a real need to come together, to speak, to listen, in short to collaborate. In a collective spirit of trust investors attending will deep-dive, via facilitated breakout sessions, into core issues challenging senior practitioners:
  • The State of European Tech Investment - the latest macro trends and financials driving investments and exits. 
  • Playing together - how corporates and independents can work together in portfolio companies
  • Exit Horizons - Unicorns are rare - how does corporate M&A stack up?
  • The Global perspective - Get the U.S. and Asian view on connecting with Europe? 
  • Growth Capital – Is the lower-mid market the next hunting ground for investors in innovation?

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''The IVC and Tech Tour have been running mission critical events for Europe’s tech investor community for many, many years. Smart Capital 2017 brings all that experience & insight to a very special summit meeting of independent and corporate venture capital investors. 
 
We all know deals don’t happen overnight. They also don’t happen with strangers. Just like last year Smart Capital brings over 100 senior investors together to forge new relationships, deepen existing ones, and with dedicated co-investment sessions – do business."
Stephan Morais President Smart Capital  2017, Executive Board Member at Caixa Capital

Why attend ? 
  • 2 days to engage in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow corporate and independent VCs
  • Deep-dive workshops and discussion session on key issues and trends
  • Deal syndication sessions in key sectors such as: Digital, Life Sciences and Cleantech. 
  • Designed and delivered by an active club of leading international VCs
  • Limited attendance of 125 partner level participants from Europe and the US (incl. Corporate Innovation leaders, VC, Familiy offices and institutional investors).
  • Informal and social - A chance to really meet and collaborate with your peers



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