Thursday 28 November 18:00 - 20:30

103c Camley St

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Women in Enterprise Network Event: Leadership in a Startup

Business & Professional


At this free networking event you’ll hear from an inspirational female speaker and make new connections over a glass of wine or soft drink.

It's run by the Women in Enterprise Network, which aims to help more women start and grow a business.

About the speaker

Valentina Kristensen is the Director of Growth & Communications at OakNorth.

OakNorth is a next-generation credit platform that’s redefining lending to lower mid-market businesses globally. Since June 2015, Valentina has been helping to build the brand and grow its community. Today, the business is one of the fastest-growing and most well-capitalised fintechs in the world, having raised over $1bn from investors (including SoftBank’s Vision Fund).

Valentina has also participated in the Money 20/20 Europe Payments Race from Istanbul to Amsterdam using only wearable payments tech (no cash or card) as well as the round the world race using only cash to travel across 13 countries in 12 days!

What to expect

This month will feature a fireside chat with Valentina Kristensen, Director of Growth & Communications at OakNorth. Nadia Forde of UCL’s Women in Enterprise Network will ask Valentina some questions about her experience as a female leader in a high-growth enterprise.

You’ll then have a chance to network with other entrepreneurial women from the UCL community and beyond.


6.00 pm – Registration and networking

6.30 pm – Fireside chat: Leadership in a startup and how to build a successful team. Valentina Kristensen, Director of Growth and Communications at OakNorth.

7.00 pm – Q&As with the audience

7.15 pm – Refreshments and networking

8.30 pm – Event closes

Who's it for?

This event is for anyone from the UCL community and beyond interested in women-led entrepreneurship and innovation.  

You may have a business idea or just be curious about the process of creating a new product, brand or experience.

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