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Branch Event

IoD YDF Den 2018

15 Oct 2018
Pall Mall, London

On the evening of 15 October 2018 a dragons den style event with a live audience will be held at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall.

Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of well known investors and answer questions.

This is the third year of the event, each larger and more successful than the last. For 2018 the event will take place in the IoD’s most prestigious room, the Nash Room, a fantastic location for fans of Instagram.

You should attend if you are an entrepreneur, have an interest in business investment or you wish to learn more about how to pitch to investors.

Last year’s event was a sell-out with standing room only and 4 out of 5 attendees surveyed said they would strongly recommend the event to a friend.

We are taking inquires from both investors and entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs selected to pitch will receive pitch training from Andrew Tollinton.

If you would like to be a member of the audience please book now.


Businesses pitching:

Kold Group, British drinks company
Teragence, competitive network analytics
Pass the Keys, a new kind of property management
Smartify, museum visitor technology

Decisions in choosing partnerships and future business relationships of investors/investees is their sole responsibility, the IoD or YDF Committee are not responsible for disputes in investment transactions or their future business disagreements between parties.

Key details

Date & time: 15 Oct 2018 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Pall Mall, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

22.92 GBP + VAT - Member Price
25.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:


Paul (Pablo) Ettinger

Paul has a BSc in Physics from Southampton University and an MBA from Insead in France (85J). Following his MBA he spent 13 years in the chemical industry (Courtaulds PLC) latterly developing joint ventures in Asia and running a German acquisition for two years. On moving back to the UK he helped a friend acquire 5 coffee bars which subsequently became Caffe Nero. The business floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2001 and was taken private in 2007. It now has over 850 outlets in the UK, UAE, Poland, Cyprus, Turkey, Ireland, Croatia, Oman and the USA.

He now works part time for Caffe Nero (International Development and music) and is a founder investor and Chairman ofTALENTBANQ, a disruptive music business incubating and accelerating new music talent through live event production. He is also an active angel investor and advisor/director of four other businesses;Class4kids, a fast scaling b2b SaaS business,, an AI business,Sweet Freedom, which has successfully developed and launched 'free from' products into many of the UK's major food retailers, his wife's medical business and he is also a non-executive director of the family business, Ettinger of London a fast growing designer/manufacturer of luxury leather goods operating predominantly in Asia. Whilst not working Paul mentors young entrepreneurs, skis competitively and plays jazz piano.

Paul Daniels

Paul is an active and enthusiastic business developer and facilitator with a wealth of experience and worldwide network, spanning several trade and industrial sectors. His key skills are chairmanship, mentoring, deal making and empowering good ideas and bright people to succeed.

The first 35 years of Paul's career was spent in the food industry, growing and building a small family business into a main listed Plc and then redirecting its focus from commodity trading into the acquisition and marketing of added value chilled food brands, including New Covent Garden Soups and Johnsons Juices. Daniels Foods is now part of Hain Celestial, the $3 billion US organic food group and trades in Europe under the name of Hain Daniels Group.

Then Paul went plural. He attributes his success since, to his days competing with huge multi-nationals like Nestlé and Unilever and selling to very powerful retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, etc. He and a business partner founded and developed nine start-ups over the next 10 years, covering a diversity of trades and industries including Traffic Management, Media Ownership, Car Park & Key Worker Home Construction and Self-Storage. Several of these companies were sold and moved on to second generation management for fast track development. Two companies were recapitalised for further expansion through the sale of minority stakes to Venture Capital Trusts. Others have been retained.

In recent years, Paul's focus has moved from Executive to Non-Executive participation in larger investments such as Graze snacks, where he was Board Monitor for Octopus VC and Chairman of the Food Advisory Board, and an early investment in Secret Escapes, some of which have been exited successfully, leaving others in the portfolio with exciting prospects. He was appointed Chairman of Angel Investment Network, the largest international Angel network in the world, operating in 83 countries, and has advised and invested in numerous other early stage SMEs. Testimonials on his Involved Investors company website attest to the high regard in which he is held.

Paul now concentrates on helping SME’s to develop and raise funds, and at the other end of the journey, to exit successfully and leave their business creations, staff and customers in good hands.

Matthew Bradley

Matthew Bradley is an investor at Forward Partners. Prior to entering the world of venture capital, Matthew worked on trading floors at Lloyds and BarCap. Following an MBA at SDA Bocconi and before joining Forward Partners he became an entrepreneur and investor in his own right giving him a unique perspective.

Matthew splits his time between investments and working across the Forward Partners portfolio.

Rosalind Singleton

Rosalind Singleton is a telecoms CxO with over 25 years of experience in the sector. She is also a mentor and angel investor.

Rosalind is an active angel investor and mentor, focussing on tech businesses with a female founder. She has been Angel Investing for around 3 years now and has led 2 deals. One of Rosalind’s deals won “Female Led Investment of the Year” at the UKBAA 2018 awards. Her investments span wearables, products, software, big data and blockchain in both B2B and B2C spheres.

Rosalind joined UK Broadband in 2013 and has been Managing Director since 2017. She has previously held senior roles at BT, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and other international operators from start-ups to incumbents.

Rosalind is Chair of the UK5G Advisory Board.UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK, providing advice to and working closely with the Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS).



Prices from

22.92 GBP + VAT - Member Price
25.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member


  • Pall Mall
  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
  • SW1Y 5ED

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