About the event
The mental health epidemic is real and nowhere is that clearer than in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, as entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to have a mental health condition and twice as likely to suffer from depression. Addressing the mental health of founders is a moral imperative that investors should act on for the good of not only business, but more importantly people. To discuss just how VCs can work with not just the professional, but also the personal growth of founders, we’ll have Heini Zachariassen, founder and CEO @Vivino, moderating a talk on the topic between Mads Klarskov Petersen, COO @PreSeed Ventures, and Keji Mustapha, Head of Network & Brand @Connect Ventures. The talk will focus on how different investors, from different countries, differ in approaching founder development and well-being and how they can learn from each other, while Heini can call bulshit if the investors embellish reality and keep a founder focus. Because what it all comes down to is not why or how VCs do it, but what the needs of founders are – their personal growth is after all inherently related to how far they can drive the business growth.
About the speakers
Mads Klarskov Petersen, COO, is PreSeed Ventures’ people person, and if you’ve ever met him, you know exactly why. More specifically, Mads supports portfolio companies with strategic recruitment and HR related matters: He’s responsible for team assessments-, network-, talent-, board-, and business angel programs across all PreSeed Ventures’ portfolio companies, making him on top of the people agenda in the Danish VC ecosystem. Being one of the first People Officers in the Scandinavian VC backed tech scene, he had to kill traditional HR and was forced to come up with new people systems and processes to support a whole new breed of companies that are digitally born and growing with lightspeed. Also, Mads is currently running a Mental Health program with selected portfolio founders, aiming to lower the risks of founders having future mental issues, keeping this subject close to Mads’ heart and mind.
Heini Zachariassen, founder and CEO @Vivino, is a bit of a presence in the Danish startup ecosystem: Having taken Vivino from 0-46m users worldwide, disrupted the wine industry, rolled out a worldwide wine marketplace, and raised $72m in funding, he’s been through a few things on both the business and personal side. His unique experience makes him the perfect moderator for this talk, as he’s seen his fair share of do’s and dont’s from his VCs and he’s never afraid of speaking his mind.
Keji Mustapha, Head of Network & Brand @Connect Ventures, is all in on leadership development and founder wellbeing, and the process of how to help founders grow into great leaders while staying sane during an insane journey. Besides her work at Connect, Keji is engaged in giving back to the community, serving as a mentor to the next generation of female founders and leaders, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds who are trying to break into the tech industry. On top all of this, Keji was included in the Financial Times list of Top 100 Influential BAME Leaders in Tech (2019) so we’ve got just the right candidate to talk about founder development from a UK, VC perspective.
This startup talk is part of the TechBBQ Digital 2020 program. If you purchase tickets through “Buy tickets” function, you’ll get a 30% discount.