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Automotive venturing – what’s next?
The promises of autonomy, electrification and sharing led to large increases in venture investment in the automotive and advanced mobility sector over the previous decade.

While EV sales continue to grow and vehicle intelligence continues to increase, the old transport paradigm based on the internal combustion engine in unconnected 'dumb' vehicles fuelled by hydrocarbons is dominating the roads longer than many expected. But are we now on the right side of the hype cycle? Is mainstream disruption just around the corner?

In this webinar, we will tap the wisdom of the most experienced investors and their start-up investments to answer and discuss the following questions and issues:

How do we add more compute power to the vehicle? Is Lidar now 'done'? What are the new venture opportunities around semi-conductors for the automotive sector?
What are the venture imperatives around cybersecurity and securing supply chains?
What are the real green solutions for mobility?

Speaker Panel
- Moderator – Tom Whitehouse, CEO, Leif Capital
- Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures, Denso

Apr 12, 2023 05:00 PM in London

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Tom Whitehouse
Founder & CEO @Leif Capital
Tom Whitehouse has twenty years’ experience in the financing of early and growth stage sustainable technology businesses; in energy, materials and manufacturing, and investment management. He founded Leif Capital after a ten-year career as a foreign correspondent with the BBC and the Guardian. Since 2014 he has also been a senior advisor (energy and transport) and contributing editor at Global Corporate Venturing, the research and publishing business. Entrepreneurialism is in Tom’s blood. As a child, he worked for a series of successful family businesses in the brewing, gaming and greetings cards industries. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University; speaks Russian, Czech, bad French, and can swear quite well in Albanian.
Tony Cannestra
Director of Corporate Ventures @DENSO
Combining his love of cars and more than 20 years of venture capital experience, Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). Since early 2014, he has led DENSO's Corporate Venture Capital team, and oversees all of DENSO's efforts to identify, invest in and work with startup companies. During his tenure at DENSO, Tony has made 20 startup investments and led a team that completed an acquisition of a startup company. He currently serves as a Board Director for Blaize, Canatu, Dellfer, MetaWave and Quadric, all of which are DENSO portfolio companies. Tony also serves as a Board Observer for several of the startup companies in which DENSO has invested and he continues to assist with DENSO's startup M&A efforts. Within DENSO's active areas of investment, Tony has focused particularly on computer vision technologies such as advanced radar and LiDAR, next generation semiconductor technologies, micromobility and automotive cybersecurity.