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The Purse Podcast

93 EpisodesProduced by Jana HlistovaWebsite

We are changing the conversation for women about money and investing.We focus on how women can manage and invest their money in the public and private markets and how they are the driving force behind the change we want to see in the world.We talk to change makers, financial experts, wealth managers… read more


#38: Emerging female fund manager: how to launch a VC fund with Paulina Tenner

Paulina Tenner is an entrepreneur, an angel investor, an author, a TEDx speaker and a founder of GrantTree, which started with a purpose to help tech startups navigate the complex world of government funding. Since 2010 the team grew organically from 2 to 50 and raised over £200M for more than 600 technology startups and scaleups using solely government funding schemes such as R&D tax credits  and Innovate UK grants. 

GrantTree is also an open culture company which pioneered a self set salary scheme, and an empowering culture governed by holacracy.

Paulina is also a seed investor, a startup mentor and an author of 'Laid Bare: what the business leader learnt from the stripper' describing leadership lessons she learnt as a burlesque dancer.


We cover the following in our conversation:

  • The world of startups
  • How to launch a venture fund
  • Engaging with investors
  • The startups she is likely to invest in
  • Investing for social impact
  • Paulina's journey as an angel investor
  • How she personally invests her money (outside of angel investing)
  • Advice for women who want to become an angel investor or a fund manager

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