These masterclass insights have been compiled and written by Oana Hategan, Rohan Khanna and Kenneth Kinyanjui.

When reading about Venture Capital, we typically see a trend or pathway which people have to follow to secure a position or prominence. Maria Dramalioti-Taylor’s story is anything but this!

We were lucky enough to have a session with Maria, full of insightful musings about being a success in VC.

Before we begin, some highlights:

  • 🔑 Key lessons: referrals, track record (portfolio & exits) and reputation

Difference is an advantage!

Maria is a real testament to the fact that…


These insights have been compiled and written by Included VC Fellows Anais Cisneros, Kuu Hagan, Lali Dangazele and Tendai Sixpence.

During the Included VC 2021 Retreat we had the pleasure of meeting Gary Stewart, Founder and CEO at FounderTribes, who gave some incredible advice on how to thrive in this new environment, venture capital.

Before we start, some highlights:

  • 💥 Make sure you open opportunities for others

1. Make sure you open opportunities for others

Coming from a diverse…


These insights have been compiled and written by Included VC Fellows Aravind Ravichandran, Lawrence Khov & Suad Fakih

Over the span of five years, Matthew progressed from being an associate to a firm partner, and had a lot of first-hand advice to share for aspiring VCs. Matthew sat down with the Included VC cohort to share his reflections and insights on breaking into VC, creating a track record as an investor, and standing out in the industry.

Before we start, some highlights:

  • 🚀 Breaking into VC: The four step framework


These insights have been complied and written by Included VC Fellows Matthew Falcotelo, Ahmed Deyab and Hafi Barry.

Susie Meier, Investor at Notion Capital, discussed one of the most exciting elements of VC strategy with us: deal sourcing. Susie is a former investment banker, who fell in love with software-as-a-service (SaaS) at a London scale-up.

With over $500m in assets under management, Notion have invested in more than 60 European B2B SaaS startups in the last decade. Built by ex-operators and founders, the firm is striving to be the VC they never had.

Before we start, some highlights:

  • 🤔 Understanding…


These insights have been complied and written by Included VC Fellows Gisele Ishema-Karekezi and Georgina Nwabueze.

Martin Rajcan, General Partner at KAYA, shares his insights on angel investment. Having written his first angel check in 2014, he is a very prolific investor with more than 30 startups in his portfolio, two having already become unicorns after only five years in the game.

Before we start, some highlights:

  • 😇 The angel investing market

The path to success…


These fellow insights have been compiled and written by Julia Baird-Oryschak, Dawn Leaness, and Allan Patel.

One year ago, Beata Klein (@axeliaklein) wasn’t a Twitter user let alone a “creator.” Yet after getting past her initial fear of the potentially distracting nature of Twitter, over the course of a year, she has become an influential voice on VC Twitter (with nearly 3,000 actively engaged followers), sharing her insights, making personal and professional connections, and leading by example in the collective VC effort to add value on social media.

Beata’s approach to content creation emphasizes quality over quantity, publishing informational and…


These fellow insights have been compiled and written by Included VC Fellow Georgina Nwabueze.

Manuel Silva Martínez, General Partner at Mouro Capital, breaks down the world of fund financials for Included VC.

Being on a programme of 50 VC hopefuls looking to break into the industry, the biggest goal for many of us is to either become a partner at a fund or raise our own fund. So you can imagine our excitement when we got the chance to learn the intricate details behind the financials of a fund from a highly experienced General Partner, Manuel Silva of Mouro Capital.


These fellow insights are complied and written by Included VC Fellows: Alexey Youssef, Barbara Janczer, and Boan Sianipar.

Hans-Jürgen Schmitz, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Mangrove Capital Partners, shares valuable insights about the world of venture capital and practical career advice with Included VC.

Getting accepted into Included VC is a very special feeling for all the fellows, full of excitement, jitters, nerves, and hope. Those feelings never go away (even today), with anticipation and enthusiasm to our first Retreat constantly building up. Finally, the first day of the (36 hour) Retreat had arrived. …

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