An informative and educational event on financial literacy and management, fund-raising and investment.

With guest speakers:

  • Dr Anino Emuwa, Managing Director, Avandis
  • Anya Navidski, Founding Partner, Voulez Capital

and guest panellists:

  • Dr Iris Good, Chairman & MD, Good Relations India
  • Dr Catherine Elton, Founder and CEO of Qkine
  • Lynne Marlor, CEO & Founder, Transformational Strategies
  • George Neville-Jones, Local Director of Metro Bank and Secretary of Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club

Chaired by Dr Ghina M. Halabi, Programme Lead of EnterpriseWOMEN.

Because proper financial planning and management are crucial for a business to succeed and scale, this workshop focuses on financial literacy, fundraising and investment. Although there is more venture capital (VC) available than ever before, less than one per cent goes to female-run businesses. The industry is also mired in scandals relating to lack of governance and to how badly investors treat entrepreneurs. How can we ensure that venture capital enables the growth that female-led tech businesses need in order to succeed?

The workshop starts with a talk by Dr Anino Emuwa on the essentials of finance for entrepreneurs. She will talk about how to make, use and raise money. She will also discuss five important aspects of finance that founders need to master, as well as some helpful digital tools: debt, equity, cashflow, financial management, personal finance.

This will be followed with a talk by Anya Navidski, Founding Partner of Voulez Capital, Europe’s first venture capital fund for female founders. While there is a lot of debate on lack of access to venture capitals by female founders, very little is being said on the cultural changes the industry must go through to provide investment opportunities and realise true value for founders and for investors. Anya’s talk will focus on:

  • how to identify the right investor partner for your business
  • what makes the relationship work in the long term
  • how to run an efficient and effective due diligence process
  • how to approach investment structuring and what to look for in term sheets.

Afterwards, a panel of experts will discuss various financial aspects of building and growing a business. They will present personal experiences of securing funding and scaling up, advice of rights and wrongs in the process, and how to do it right.

A networking lunch will be provided.

EnterpriseWOMEN is an outcome-driven and highly-focused programme. The workshops are tailored for early-stage women entrepreneurs who are starting or scaling their businesses. Registration is essential. We strongly recommend registering early to ensure you get a seat.



12:30-12:45 Registration
12:45-13:00 Chair’s welcome
13:00-13:30 The essentials of finance for entrepreneurs by Dr Anino Emuwa
13:30-14:15 Networking lunch
14:15-14:45 It’s not just cash, it’s a relationship by Anya Navidski
14:45-15:20 Panel discussion
15:20-15:30 Q&A and wrap up

Speaker bios

Anino Emuwa

Dr Anino Emuwa, Founder and Managing Director, Avandis Consulting

Dr Anino Emuwa is the founder and managing director of Avandis Consulting, an international management consultancy firm in France which provides strategy and financial advisory services. A former corporate banker with Citibank who started her career as a credit analyst, Anino is an expert on finance and smaller businesses. She is a highly respected advocate for women business leadership and convenes the Africa Women CEOs Network group. She leads the Power Breakfast series for Women CEOs and the Women Business Owners’s seminars. An international public speaker on entrepreneurship, fintech and diversity, Dr Emuwa is also a business coach and mentor for Cartier Women Initiatives, the Cherie Blair Foundation and the Chartered Management Institute.

Anino obtained her doctorate in business administration from Nottingham Business School where she is an alumni fellow. She holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and graduated with a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics. She is currently undertaking a Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge. An experienced non-executive director, most recently Anino was on the board of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company. Anino is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors and an AACSB-certified business school instructor. She has lived and worked in six countries in Europe and Africa, and is bilingual in English and French.

Anya Navidski

Anya Navidski, Founding Partner, Voulez Capital

Anya is the Founding Partner at Voulez Capital – Europe’s first VC fund for female founders – providing seed and Series A capital for high growth businesses. Having started her career with the likes of Goldman Sachs, PwC and NERA, she became an unrepentant entrepreneur, with almost twenty years of experience building businesses in multiple sectors and geographies, from running a £250 million renewable energy venture and founding an incubator for social impact businesses, to turning around multiple tech ventures on behalf of investors. She has advised a European government on setting up and execution of an innovative “SME Champions” fund, acted as an advisor to JP Morgan in the area of renewable energy and innovative funding instruments and was a Director of the INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship. Anya is an investor in residence at Google for startups, the winner of the Women in Finance’s Specialist Investor of the Year 2019 award and has been featured in many publications, including the Financial Times, Techworld and the BBC.

Iris Good

Dr Iris Good, Chairman and MD, Good Relations India

Iris has been the chairman and MD of Good Relations India, a pan-India market entry and positioning advisory, over the past decade. The company has brought major clients including Marks & Spencer, Scottish & Newcastle, Sun Life Insurance, to India and many others. Iris has been involved in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and commercialisation for over 20 years. Following her PhD in biochemistry, she co-established UltraShape, acquired by Syneron. Iris is a mentor at London Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and serves on the investment committee of the University of Cambridge.

Soon after completing her PhD, Iris moved to technology commercialisation in international markets, specialising in medical devices. She co-established UltraShape, acquired by Syneron, and led the business development of MetaCure (a diabetic pace-maker). She introduced MetaCure to India, starting with human trials to opening seven pan-India centres in prominent hospitals, and then setting up commercial operations. In 2007 Iris founded I-Connections, an India market entry firm which brought numerous innovative technologies to the market. I-Connections later merged with Good Relations India (GRI), handling leading clients such as Apple, Barclays and Bloomberg.

Catherine Elton

Dr Catherine Elton, Founder and CEO, Qkine

In 2016, Catherine co-founded Qkine with Dr Marko Hyvönen, a senior group leader in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. The company uses technology developed in his laboratory to manufacture growth factors at exceptionally high purity and is addressing challenges in the growth factor supply chain and supporting innovation in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. She has moved between academia and industry throughout her career. In 2003, after completing her PhD in platelet biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, she joined Abcam and under her leadership, the in-house laboratory responsible for antibody design, manufacture and characterisation grew from four to 40 scientists. She assisted with a successful IPO on AIM in 2005 and was a member of the senior management team. Following a career break which included consultancy and STEM voluntary work, she returned to academic research in 2015 when she was awarded a Daphne Jackson fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute to study the role of surface proteins in parasite infection. She has led Qkine through two rounds of investment and a successful Innovate UK grant award. Last year, Qkine won a place on the [email protected] accelerator programme and has recently relocated to laboratories on the Cambridge Science Park.

Lynne Marlor

Lynne Marlor, CEO and Founder, Transformational Strategies

AS CEO and Founder of Transformational Strategies, Lynne is a proven senior executive with deep financial services experience assisting companies, universities and foundations in blockchain, artificial intelligence, payment transformation, digitisation, strategy execution and revenue generation. Her role as Co-founder to YieldUp, a Boston-based fintech and her board position with FintechWomen have positioned her as a leader in the fintech space. Lynne was formerly the Managing Director and Head of Bank of New York Mellons (BNYM’s) Corporate and Specialised Industry group, supporting the Bank’s major corporate and asset management relationships globally. Her responsibilities included relationship management, strategic planning and new business development within treasury services. Prior to that, Lynne supported clients in the mutual funds, hedge funds, alternative funds and private equity segments.

Lynne joined BNY Mellon in 2003 after spending several years at First Chicago (now part of JPM Chase). Lynne was part of First Chicago’s credit training program and spent time as a commercial banker in the Midwest. Lynne is a frequent national and international speaker on several financial and treasury topics, including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. She recently completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy programme from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

George Neville-Jones

George Neville-Jones, Local Director, Metro Bank

George is the Local Director of Metro Bank, the British challenger bank, in Cambridge. He is an experienced banker with a background in early stage support and growth funding; the Secretary of the Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club; and an officer in the British Army Reserve. George focuses on startup support and the broader technology ecosystem, helping entrepreneurs to access both the network and banking they require to succeed.


Trumpington St
CambridgeshireCB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Date & time

Date: 30 April 2020
Start Time: 12:30
End Time: 15:30


Open to: All entrepreneurs, especially women and minorities

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Event location

Trumpington St
CambridgeshireCB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Event timings

Date: 30 April 2020
Start Time: 12:30
End Time: 15:30