On a bright mid-summer evening in London, the cream of the investment crop toasted their host, GP Corporate Finance International (GPCF), on the rooftop terrace of sky bar Vista overlooking London’s Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column.
Sipping cold champagne and nibbling at the mini-burgers, there was lots of excited chatter at GPCF’s much-anticipated summer party with invites unashamedly reserved for the “elite investor”.
In a speech to the 160 high-profile and hungry investors who came to hob nob with the king of hob nobs, Jeff Green, CEO of GPCF, said: “Remember me. If we are to build connections and continue to grow and share my network, I need to be involved with the deals, so please don’t forget to include me when you are setting up the initial discussion, so I know what is being generated.”
The uber-networker used the event to promote two new social ventures. Mentor Me is a free service aiming to match 2,500 aspirational business leaders (mentees) with experienced mentors to improve business decisions and making the “profit cake bigger for everyone”.
Read more about Jeff Green and how he came to be the “go to” man to connect talent with money.
Meanwhile advisory service Balanced Boards will work with global companies to improve performance and competitiveness through greater diversity in the boardroom, including offering a coaching and mentoring service for budding directors.
Legendary for his contacts book and matchmaking start-ups and entrepreneurs with investors, Green told Finbuzz that he wanted to host “an even bigger event” in the coming months, as well as replicate the evening in other major world cities, including in Switzerland, the US and potentially India.
Meanwhile at Monday’s event, Jersey Finance, IT Venture, Commensus and Restoration Partners generously funded the free-flowing Pommery champagne and delightful mini burger and fish and chip canapés for the crowd.
A jovial Green said: “Everyone had a fabulous time. We may hold an even bigger event next time, maybe around late November. I know, I know…it won’t be a sunny rooftop that time of year but you can’t have it all.”
Mike Kennedy, managing partner at boutique tech bank Restoration Partners, said he was delighted to support GPCF on the best networking event of the summer.
“Restoration Partners’ is highly collaborative in its approach to business, seeking out meaningful partnerships with organisations and individuals who share our view that to make someone a client, you must first make them a friend. I think Sigmund Warburg was reputed to have said that. I am already speaking to Jeff about the next event.”
Photo: Sergei Valmon