40 Minute Mentor

July 5, 2023

Building Lasting Founder-Investor Relationships with Yvonne Bajela, Partner at LocalGlobe & Venture Partner at Impact X

And just like that, we come to the end of our 40 Minute Mentor VC feature series. 

BUT, before we kick off our next series, we have one more VC mentorship packed episode in store for you…. 

Today, we’re joined by Yvonne Bajela, Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude, and Venture Partner at Impact X Capital

Yvonne talks about her journey from Goldman Sachs to VC, her first investment and the formative influence her father had on her career. 

Having invested over £200m across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Yvonne has backed some of the most category-defining Founders, including the teams behind Unicorn InsurTech, Marshmallow and OG FinTech Unicorn, Wise. 

Yvonne Bajela
“If you can be very clear in articulating what you are trying to do, why the world needs it and why you are the best person to work on it, the money will follow.”

Yvonne Bajela

Tune in to discover

The influence her late father had on her career [03:28] 
The success story of her investment in Marshmallow [09:04] 
Local Globe’s investment thesis [13:07] 
Building a founder-investor relationship for the long-haul [14:07] 
Characteristics she looks for in Founders she invests in [16:18] 
Common mistakes she sees Founders make [18:21] 
Closing the funding gap for under-represented Founders [20:58]
Navigating the current fundraising climate [22:45]  
Building a successful board of advisors [24:57] 
Motherhood and returning to VC [27:28] 

Listen on

Helpful links

Helpful links:

➡️ Connect with Yvonne: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnebajela/ 

➡️ More about LocalGlobe: https://localglobe.vc/ 

➡️ More about Latitude: https://latitudeventures.vc/ 

➡️ More about Impact X Capital: https://www.impactxcapital.com/ 

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