Innovation & Enterprise


Diverse Founders’ Network workshop: Fundraising strategies for diverse founders

24 April 2024, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Small group of people talking at BaseKX

At this workshop you'll learn about different fundraising strategies for your startup - from impact funds to the venture capital route. This workshop is free and open to all.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




UCL Innovation & Enterprise


103c Camley Street


This free workshop you'll learn about different fundraising strategies for your startup - from impact funds to the venture capital route.

Light refreshments will be available.

This workshop is being run by the UCL Diverse Founders’ Network (DFN), a supportive intersectional community of diverse entrepreneurs in the UK. As well as supporting each other, the network aims to break down barriers and create collective and systemic solutions to the challenges faced by diverse entrepreneurs.

Who it’s for

This workshop is to open to all UCL staff, students and alumni, as well as the local community. 

The DFN aims to support entrepreneurs, founders and start-up talents from the following diversity groups:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Women, non-binary and all marginalised genders
  • Ethnic minority groups and first-generation immigrants
  • Neurodivergent and differently-abled talents
  • People who have experienced hardship, alienation, injury or loss (HAIL)  
  • People with primary care responsibilities
  • People from low socioeconomic backgrounds

What to expect

This workshop will cover:

  • how to use your personal journey to tell a story when fundraising
  • the importance of understanding the problem you’re solving
  • how to bring together a team of people around you as co-founders and advisors
  • how to identify the types of investors to target
  • the logistics of fundraising

About the tutor
Manish Karani

This workshop will be run by banker turned investor, Manish Karani.

Manish has over 14 years of experience in private equity and venture capital at global firms like Credit Suisse and RBS Coutts Bank.

In 2017 he set up his own impact fund in education, sustainability, climate change and foodtech. He's successfully raised over USD 1 billion from clients and has analysed and invested in numerous entrepreneurs. His impact fund focuses on investing in a portfolio with 80% diversity among founders, equipping him with valuable insights on strategies to address specific challenges.

Date and times

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 5pm to 6pm.


If there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible or comfortable for you, please let us know by emailing matt.harris@ucl.ac.uk


Filming and photography will take place at this event for promotional purposes. The photographs and recordings will appear on our website and social media channels. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please let a member of staff know on arrival.

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UCL BaseKX, 103c Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF