I am a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program
2017/2018 – London. SLP describes itself as a 6 months acceleration to
boost founders, leaders and innovators and their startup.
The Program is designed as a “peer-to-peer” training and each fellow
actively participates in the learning experience. At the beginning of
the Program the fellows are assigned a topic class that they would be
fully responsible for organizing. The topic of my class was “Valuations
The structure of the classes is defined by the fellow who organises
them. SLP Program admits people of wide range of backgrounds and
skillsets, therefore I designed a pre-class survey in order to assess
the objectives of the fellows and to try to cover them to the greatest
The class CEO from the previous year, Harriet Jordan-Wrench,
emphasised that having two view points on the topic – of the investors
and of the founders/entrepreneurs was crucial for the last years
fellows. The class reflected Harriet’s very useful advice.
Class set up
When analysing the results from the pre-class survey, it appeared
necessary to have a presentation on the different valuation
methodologies used in practice to value startups when they raise money
and upon exit.
The presentation was given by Gabriele Dini,
Senior Investment Manager at Breed Reply. Thank you Gabe for your
readiness to be part of our learning experience and for making such a
difficult topic easy to understand.
Following the presentation, Gabriele was joined by another great investor Alexandre Covello,
Founder and CEO of AngelsCube in a Panel Discussion that went deeper in
the topic of Investor’s approach when valuing a company.
The last part of the class was devoted to a Panel with
Entrepreneurs. We had the pleasure to welcome 3 exceptional
entrepreneurs – Vishnu Chundi (Co-Founder And CEO of AssetVault), Sandeep Bathina (Co-Founder and COO of StockViews) and Tushir Patel (Co-founder of PPR Solutions, now Co-founder of Capium)
I would like to once again thank you to our amazing Panelists for
attending the class, speaking openly and for offering hands-on advice to
Having fellows with so diverse backgrounds and in so different stages
of their venture – from idea stage to exit plans, it is challenging to
prepare a class that would satisfy all their objectives. Therefore,
having the opinion of Investors and Entrepreneurs proved to be useful.
I hope we managed to address most of the questions of the fellows,
despite the short time (the class was cut by 30 minutes due to weather
conditions). However, I would advise the Class CEO of the next year to
consider splitting the class in 2 streams – one stream for fellows with
no/limited knowledge on the topic and another stream with fellows who
already went through a valuation and now have more specific and advanced