The Year Ahead: Promise and Peril

The Year Ahead: Promise and Peril


We initially launched the Balderton Capital Angel Summit event in January 2020 to discuss the next decade of venture investing in Europe. A lot has happened since then both in Europe and globally.


Please join us on September 22nd for a tight knit virtual discussion among top angel investors on the outlook for European technology and the global economy.


Our keynote speaker for the session will be Lionel Barber, who stepped down as Editor of the Financial Times in January, after a 34-year career at the publication. He will be sharing his thoughts on the current macro environment with a tech-focused lens. Lionel will touch on the upcoming US election, the evolving US-China trade relations and the outlook for Europe.


In addition, we will welcome an investor panel with some of Europe's most active and innovative angel investors to discuss their respective strategies and how they are navigating these unique markets.

Registration Information

When: Tuesday, September 22nd 2020
4:00PM - 6:00PM (London time)

Click to register here

This is a private, invite-only event. Please contact us if there are others you believe could benefit from attending.

  • 00Keynote Speaker: Lionel Barber, Former Editor of The Financial Times

Keynote Speaker: Lionel Barber, Former Editor of The Financial Times

The Year Ahead: Promise and Perils

Lionel Barber was the Editor of the Financial Times from 2005-2020.

Under Lionel's editorship, the paper won three ‘Newspaper of the Year’ awards, transformed the newsroom into a world class digital-first operation, and solidified its legacy as one of the world’s leading business news organisations, renowned for its integrity and accuracy.

Barber is an experienced broadcaster and commentator who has co-written several books, including “The Price of Truth”, and has lectured on foreign policy, transatlantic relations and Europe. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991) and many more. 

In 2009, Barber was awarded the St George’s Society medal of honour for his commendable contribution to journalism. He serves as Chair of the Board at The Tate and is also on the Board of the Carnegie Corporation. In 2016, he was made a Chevalier in the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his journalism.

  • 00Panel Session

Panel Session

Further insights from 'super angels' and Balderton's Liquidity I team

We are bringing together Europe's most prolific angels to discuss different sourcing and investing strategies, best portfolio practices, approaches to liquidity and more.

We will be joined by super angels, including:

  • Khaled Helioui, former CEO at Bigpoint and active angel investor with a portfolio that includes Deliveroo, Onfido, OpenClassrooms, Uber and more.
  • Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of Transferwise and active angel investor with a portfolio that includes Bolt, Zego, Cleo, Pipedrive and more.
  • Jose Marin, co-founder of, IG Expansion and Serendipity Investments and co-CEO of FJLabs. Jose is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor with a portfolio that includes Alibaba, Betterment, Uber, Airbnb, Brightroll, Delivery Hero, LendingHome and more.
  • Jane Walerud, serial entrepreneur and active angel investor with a portfolio that includes Bluetail, Klarna, Teclo Networks, Graphmatech, Volumental, Ekkono and more.
  • and more to be announced...

Balderton's Daniel Waterhouse and Laura Connell are hosting this event and will be guiding conversations on the day.

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