Reuters Editor-at-Large Axel Threlfall interviews Tania Boler (Elvie) and Luke Hakes (Octopus Ventures)
Join our EntrepreneursTalk@Cass and hear entrepreneur Tania Boler share her entrepreneurial journey and how investor Luke Hakes supports his portfolio of startups, including Elvie!
EntrepreneursTalk@Cass are intimate, in-depth interviews with some of the UK’s most innovative and inspirational entrepreneurs. Meet them up close and personal at Cass Business School, with plenty of time for your questions.
About our guests
About Tania Boler
Tania is Founder and CEO of Elvie, a British health tech brand developing smarter technology for women. Elvie has launched two connected devices including
Elvie Trainer – a pelvic floor bio-feedback device available on the NHS; and Elvie Pump – the world’s first silent wearable breast pump.
The company has recently raised the largest ever femtech investment to date with a $42M Series B funding round. Over the next two years, Elvie will launch multiple connected devices with the ambition to become the go-to destination for women’s health!
Tania is an internationally recognized women’s health expert, holding a PhD in women’s health and having published several books on HIV prevention.
About Luke Hakes
Luke joined Octopus Ventures in 2008. As well as being a General Partner and heading up the firms “Better Faster” strategy he sits across both the Future of Health and Future of Industry Teams, where he works with the rest of the origination team to identify and invest in the next generation of companies that will revolutionise both the health and industrial landscapes.
Prior to joining Octopus, Luke started his career as a scientist where he worked to understanding human disease by using computational methods and big data to reveal the secrets of evolution. After that, he worked as a Management Consultant specialising in the Capital Markets technology sector.
Luke holds a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, an MSc in Computational Biology and a PhD in Computational Genetics all from the University of Manchester. In addition to his role at Octopus, Luke is also Chairman of UMI3 the University of Manchester’s technology transfer office and sits on the University’s Global Leadership Board.
When not at work Luke likes to spend his time travelling, eating, training and doing stuff involving cars.
About our interviewer Axel Threlfall: Reuters Editor-at-Large based in London, Axel hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters. He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media.
Please arrive on time (no later than 6.15pm) as the interview will start at 6.30pm. Afterwards, we will continue the conversation over a few drinks.
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When and where
6.15pm - 7.30pmWednesday 3rd July 2019
Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes
106 Bunhill Row