Speakers: Going for Growth, Investment | 7 June 2022

Dr Johanne Grosvold, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath

Paula Groves, General Partner, Impact X

Paula Groves is CIO and Founding Member of Impact X Capital Partners, a London-based double bottom line venture capital company founded to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs in Europe.

She has decades of private equity and consulting experience working with highly-motivated extraordinary entrepreneurs from diverse communities and is an expert in developing and deploying targeted investment funds. She has helped create funds in both the UK and US as well as for the US Small Business Administration, with her portion resulting in returns of more than $80 million to investors.

Her specialities include establishing double bottom-line funds, launching loan funds for underrepresented entrepreneurs, leading teams that support under-represented entrepreneurs, fund-raising, investing in and coaching fast growth companies led by underrepresented entrepreneurs and teaching others how to build complex financial and valuation models for venture-backed companies, and term sheet and legal negotiations for venture backed entrepreneurs.

Early in her career, Paula was a co-founding partner of Axxon Capital, a venture capital firm based in Boston, MA, which invested in technology-oriented companies led by underrepresented entrepreneurs, and has worked on Wall Street for Credit Suisse First Boston, in advertising for Leo Burnett and in Hollywood for 20th Century Fox Film.

Paula has a BA from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.


Tara Cemlyn-Jones, Founder, 25x25

Tara Cemlyn-Jones has 28 years’ experience in financial services with specialist knowledge of capital markets, M&A, strategy and digital transformation across many sectors, including financial services (asset & wealth management, retail banking and fintech), energy & infrastructure and healthcare. Tara was head of M&A at Lastminute.com and has held senior positions at Schroders, Citigroup and Espirito Santo Investment Bank. She is the founder and currently director of 25 x 25 Ltd, a not for profit enterprise co-ordinating the initiative to get more women CEOs into UK Business, in addition to her fintech advisory work.

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