Gateway Event - Raising VC Funding


As academics turn entrepreneurial there are a number of skills that are required, in addition to their chosen academic proficiency. This talk focuses on the process of spinning out your academic work, the steps required before and during the fund-raising process and how to prepare for VC fund-raising. The talk will end for a Q&A.


Pratima is a Venture Partner at Nauta Capital and is based in London. At Nauta, Pratima focuses on enterprise software and deep tech domains. Pratima serves on the Board of Treblle (API observability startup) and YZR (data normalization startup). She also advices a range of early stage companies through Board Observer roles at Universal Quantum, Boxy, Lupovis, Net AI and Napptive.

Pratima has 20+ years of professional experience. She is a software developer by background and spent several years in Silicon Valley working on developing intelligent network services in the network management domain. Pratima joined Nauta from US-based cybersecurity-focused investment firm Paladin Capital. Previously, Pratima led investments and acquisitions at Cisco Corporate Development in Europe with a specific focus on ML/AI, Enterprise Collaboration and Silicon. During her previous investment career, Pratima led an investment or held board seats in Aimotive, Adbrain, Evrythng, Secure Code Warrior, decentriq, Dashbird and several fund investments. She also managed investments in several companies including Behaviosec, Italtel, ip.access and Corvil.

Pratima received her MBA from INSEAD in France and an MS in computer science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. Pratima is a co-author of a US patent in the area of network device clusters and high availability.

Tuesday, 15 March, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00
Pratima Aiyagari
Nauta Capital
Microsoft Teams