Discussion: DEI still an issue in startups and VC

What can we do about DEI?

Johannes Lenhard and Erika Brodnock discuss DEI still isn’t changing in venture capital and startups — what can we do? 

WHEN: Tuesday 20th June

WHERE: Judge Business School

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Talk in Fadi Boustany Lecture Theatre
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Wine reception

TICKETS: available soon.

What to look forward to

For years, the diversity numbers haven’t changed much when it comes to decision makers in VC and the kind of founders who receive funding. Over the last two years, Erika Brodnock, herself a serial entrepreneur, and Dr Johannes Lenhard, writer and academic, have interviewed VCs, asset owners and ecosystem builders about what is holding people back and what can be done about it. Their recently published ‘Better Venture’ is a guidebook full of practical ideas and advice on how to finally push for change. In this book talk, the two will present some of the most potent insights which will hopefully start a lively debate.

About the speakers

Dr Johannes Lenhard is affiliate lecturer and researcher at the University of Cambridge. He is research affiliate at the Minderoo Center for Technology and Democracy and the co-director of VentureESG. He has recently published a monograph on people experiencing homelessness in Paris (Making Better Lives), a co-authored book on diversity and inclusion in venture capital and tech (Better Venture).

Erika Brodnock is an award-winning entrepreneur (including Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Intel’s Global Business Challenge), philanthropist, and angel investor. She is also an MBA, a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a PhD in the Inclusion Initiative at the LSE. Erika is co-founder at Extend Ventures, The Black Funding Network, and Kinhub, providing data-driven coaching and personalised employee support. She is one of 16 Black women in the UK who have raised more than £1m in funding for their startup.

Location: Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1AG

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