WHAT ARE OFFICE HOURS?
Office Hours are quarterly sessions held by Talis Capital that allow founders (who aren’t in our portfolio) to spend some one-on-one time with our investment team. They are short, 30 minute sessions where founders can sound out ideas, troubleshoot problems and gain feedback. In each session, we hope to meet with up to 30 founders.
WHO ARE OFFICE HOURS FOR?
Office Hours are for Pre-Seed and Seed founders in the UK, Europe and the US.
At Talis, we are acutely aware that discrimination of all forms is deeply entrenched in our society; we are also aware that the tech and venture communities suffer from a lack of diversity disproportionately. Our Office Hours sessions in 2021 will be held solely for specific underrepresented groups because we see it as our responsibility to level the playing field and provide founders from all backgrounds with opportunities that may or may not be otherwise be harder for them to get.
While it may only be a small step, our Office Hours sessions aim to tackle the inequality that exists in the tech ecosystem. We’re constantly looking for ways to ensure that access to guidance and funding is as fair as possible. Talis Capital is – and always will be – a place where diversity is welcomed, respected and celebrated.
WHAT CAN FOUNDERS GET OUT OF IT?
If you’re looking for advice on any aspect of your business, we’ll be able to help. If you’re looking for investment, we can help you prepare for presenting your deck to investors; if your idea resonates with us, we’ll take it from there.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Our upcoming sessions are listed below. To apply, click through to the form to answer a short list of questions. You’ll be required to give some basic details of your company, your proposition, upload your deck and give any additional information that will help us when considering your application.
Applications for each Office Hours session close ten days ahead of the date. Successful applicants will be contacted in the coming days after the deadline.
If you can’t see a session that you can apply to, but you’d like to present your idea to us, please get in touch with us via our Typeform on our Contact page.
IF I’VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL, HOW DO I PREPARE?
If you’ve been successful: read our tips on how to make the most out of your session here. It’s always worth familiarising yourself with our investment thesis so we can be clear on how you fit into it.
UPCOMING OFFICE HOURS SESSIONS
Our next session will be in the summer, hosted for female founders. Check back here soon for the application form!
PAST OFFICE HOURS SESSIONS IN 2021
TALIS CAPITAL X ONETECH: ETHNIC MINORITY FOUNDERS, 18TH MARCH
On 18th March, we’re looking to support ethnic minority founders by providing advice and help on the next steps in their scaling journeys.
For this session, we’re proud to be partnering with OneTech, an organisation committed to challenging inequality and the lack of diversity in tech.