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 100 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 (former Executive Director, Caixa Capital and current Managing of Indico Capital Partners) as the President together with Jean Schmitt (Managing Partner of Jolt Capital) who is the Chair of the IVC. 
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:


  •  Scaling corporates development – Moving from R&D to M&A and CV? - panel of corporate leaders will thrash out how acquisitions and corporate venture capital can accelerate corporate development
  • Scaling Funding –What is the outlook for long-term patient capital – Global vs. Europe? 
  • Scaling Exits – What are the trends telling us for investment? – presenting the perspective of investment banks
  • Scaling Success: Building a deeptech Unicorn
  • Scaling VC Investment & Returns - in an era where capital will be abundant – what value must venture investors add – what are the winning strategies? 



''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 of Smart Capital 2017,  Managing Partner at Indico Capital Partners 




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 Tech, Healthcare and Sustainability 
  • Designed and delivered by an active club of leading international VCs
  • Limited attendance of 100 partner level participants from Europe and the US (incl. Corporate Innovation leaders, VC, Family offices and institutional investors). 
  • Informal and social - A chance to really meet and collaborate with your peers