Silicon Valley comes to Bristol

Engine Shed is excited to welcome Silicon Valley Bank to Bristol for ‘Raising Your First Venture Round’ at Osborne Clarke on Wednesday 12th July at 5.30pm.

Engine Shed is a thriving hub for business in the Bristol and Bath region, for entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, students, and corporates to collaborate, inspire and be inspired. Now they’re broadening their reach into the community and bringing investor thought-leaders and entrepreneurs together by co-hosting events externally.

Silicon Valley Bank works with the most innovative businesses in the world. This event is a great opportunity for the best and brightest tech businesses in the Bristol & Bath area to meet with the bank at Osborne Clarke’s offices. .

‘Raising Your First Venture Round’ is a positive intervention to the ecosystem, helping companies to fundraise for initial start-up costs and further expansion.

The briefing will offer panel discussions including how to appeal to investors, how equity works and pitfalls to avoid, Q&As, and networking opportunities with guests including Alex McCracken (Silicon Valley Bank), Rory Stirling (BGF Ventures), and Paul McNabb (Episode 1).
Engine Shed Director, Nick Sturge, said: “We are pleased to see our friends at SVB supporting the ecosystem here in the West of England, bringing their expertise and significant network to help boost the level of investment appetite and readiness in local businesses. This event will add real value to Bristol’s thriving tech scene.”

“Silicon Valley Bank’s Managing Director of Global Markets, Alex McCracken added: “It’s vital that we don’t focus our attention too heavily on London – innovation is happening all over the UK and great businesses need to be able to access the capital they need to power growth. Silicon Valley Bank is delighted to work with Engine Shed to bring this event to Bristol.”

The event will run from 5:30 – 8:00pm on Wednesday 12th July at Osbourne Clarke, 2 Temple Back E, Bristol, BS1 6EG. Tickets are open to all, but spaces are limited, so apply now to reserve your place.


For a sneak preview of the evening’s schedule:

  • 5:30pm – Registration and networking opportunity
  • 6:00pm – Welcome and VC Funding Insights – Alex McCracken, Silicon Valley Bank
  • 6:20pm – ‘Raising Your First Venture Round’ panel discussion hosted by Silicon Valley Bank, featuring:
    • Rory Stirling, Partner, BGF Ventures
    • Paul McNabb, Partner, Episode 1
    • Michael Dimelow, Co-Founder and Head of Investment, Accelerated Digital Ventures
    • William Orde, Investment Manager, Oxford Capital
    • Nigel Toon, CEO, Graphcore