TURBOCHARGING GOOD BUSINESSES

We invest in businesses founded and led by Laidlaw Scholars – NextGen leaders we know to be ambitious, brave, curious, determined, extraordinary, fast and good.

FUND YOUR BUSINESS
Laidlaw Scholars Ventures Key Figure: $50m in available fundingLaidlaw Scholars Ventures Key Figure: 1500+ next-generation leadersLaidlaw Scholars Ventures Key Figure: 90+ years of investment experience
Key figures of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures: $50m in available funding, 1500+ next-generation leaders, 90+ years of investment experience.

ABOUT US

Laidlaw Scholars Ventures (LSV) is a for-profit business investing in start-ups founded and run by Laidlaw Scholars.

Backed by a $50m fund, LSV accelerates Good Businesses by financing their growth, providing support services, delivering extensive training and development, and bringing a network of expert advisors and mentors to guide portfolio businesses.  

All profits from LSV will be returned to the Laidlaw Foundation to invest in its educational programmes designed to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality and develop a new generation of ethical leaders.

OUR PURPOSE

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WHY LAIDLAW SCHOLARS?

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OUR INVESTMENT FOCUS

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THE LSV DIFFERENCE

LSV will accelerate its portfolio businesses by actively supporting its founders and their leadership teams as they scale and continue to grow.

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CO-WORKING SPACE

Portfolio businesses are provided with a virtual co-working space (through the Laidlaw Scholars Network virtual platform); and access to a physical office space, along with a network of mentors and coaches through the LBS incubator, the CBS Lang Fund and the UCL Hatchery.

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BUSINESS MASTERCLASSES

Founders and their senior teams will be trained in finance, technology, sales & marketing and product development by functional experts with decades of senior functional leadership roles and a track record of success. Modules include: cashflow management, building scalable infrastructure, go-to-market strategy, and product-market fit.

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MENTORS

All CEOs have one lead mentor. This role is external to the company structure and is designed to provide the Scholar with advice and support from someone who has “been there”.

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LAIDLAW NETWORK

This dynamic advisory panel of seasoned experts provides sector and functional advice, best practice and connections for portfolio businesses.

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LAIDLAW SCHOLARS NETWORK

The growing network of Laidlaw Scholars from around the world is kept informed of new businesses being funded, providing opportunities for internships and to mentor founders. Career opportunities posted on the site provide a rich seam of potential hires into the portfolio businesses.

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INVESTOR NETWORK

With 90+ years of experience in investment and support of early-stage businesses, the Laidlaw Scholars Ventures team have a broad network spanning the UK and the US to support our portfolio in attaining their next round of funding or potential.

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SHARED SERVICES

Portfolio businesses benefit from finance and accounting, legal, and marketing services provided through LSV partners.

OUR TEAM

LORD LAIDLAW OF ROTHIEMAY

Founder

Lord Laidlaw is a committed philanthropist, serial entrepreneur, and accomplished sportsman. A graduate of Leeds University and Columbia Business School, Lord Laidlaw founded the Institute for International Research Ltd (IIR) which became the world’s largest conference and training company. He sold it in 2005 for $1.4bn to Informa Plc.

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NIALL SANTAMARIA

Chief Investment Officer
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Niall has been working with startups for the last decade, investing and advising CEOs on growth strategies, fundraising and providing introductions to support them as they scale. He joined the Laidlaw Foundation in 2021 from Edge Investments where he led investments, supported as a Board Director and managed exits in high-growth early-stage businesses.

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MATT WAUGH

Chief Financial Officer
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Matt is a chartered accountant and the CFO of Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Lord Laidlaw’s private investment group.  He is a widely experienced and commercial ACA with over 20 years PQE providing financial leadership to entrepreneurial companies and groups in the SME market.

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NIKOL CHEN

Design Lead
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Nikol is passionate about helping businesses succeed through human-centred design. Since joining the Laidlaw Foundation in 2019 as Digital Content Manager, she has helped foster a thriving community of next-generation leaders, supporting the Laidlaw Scholars Network and promoting the Foundation’s purpose and programmes.

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SUSANNA V. KEMPE

Chief Executive Officer
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Susanna’s professional experience includes over 15 years in senior leadership roles in international B2B and learning businesses. She began her career at the Institute for International Research (IIR) where she first worked with Lord Laidlaw, rising to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). When IIR, was acquired by Informa Plc in 2005 Susanna was appointed CMO of the enlarged group.

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PITCH US

LSV makes seed, series A and B investments in businesses founded by Laidlaw Scholars or with a Scholar on the management team owning a minimum of 10% equity.  

We only invest in businesses that are committed to being “good” and whose leadership team have committed to the Good Business Charter.

We invest in UK, Irish and US based businesses.

To apply for funding, please complete the pitch form by clicking the button below. Note that you will need to submit some supporting documents - make sure they are ready before you complete the form.

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NEWS

Logo of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures next to text that says "Turbocharging good businesses".Laidlaw Foundation Launches $50 Million Venture Capital Fund To Accelerate Laidlaw Scholar-Led Businesses

Laidlaw Scholars Ventures (LSV), a venture capital fund established by the Laidlaw Foundation to invest in businesses led by Laidlaw Scholars, today officially opens for applications.

October 4, 2021

Headshot of Niall Santamaria, Chief Investment Officer of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures.Niall Santamaria joins Laidlaw Scholars Ventures as Chief Investment Officer

Laidlaw Foundation appoints Niall Santamaria as Chief Investment Officer of its new investment fund, Laidlaw Scholars Ventures (LSV), opening for applications on October 4th this year.

September 10, 2021

CONTACT US

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions about applying for funding, are a service provider looking to explore a partnership opportunity, or would like join our group of business mentors, please reach out to us at: hello@laidlawscholarsventures.com