Balderton CEO Collective
Balderton Capital, one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe, wanted an event to help them forge stronger relationships with the CEOs in their portfolio, encourage peer to peer learning, and share the latest news on the firm. We were appointed to co-create and manage their inaugural retreat in September 2014, and we re-engaged in 2016 to see if we could top the first CEO Collective.
- Transforming Chicheley Hall with vintage furniture and flowers to create a lived in, loved and stylish country house, complete with a cosy yurt and Shikar Tent village in the grounds for extra accommodation.
- Designing a bespoke film making challenge inspired by our keynote speaker Jason Silva's 'Shots of Awe' documentaries to encourage bonding, creative thinking and laughter.
- Tackling entrepreneur burnout by offering yoga in the yurt, wild running in the nearby woods, mindfulness and frank story-sharing sessions.
- Being one of the first 'corporates' to host an event in the blissful Soho Farmhouse, and bonding the group over a range of pursuits including wine tasting, football, horse riding and off road biking.
- Building an environment which has brought about transformative partnerships amongst the CEOs in Balderton's portfolio.
- Achieving a net promoter score of +95 in 2016, and an overall organisation score of 4.9/5, with 85% of participants rating the event 'excellent'.
“Outsourcing Balderton’s CEO Collective retreat to Belinda and Forgather meant we had a trusted partner to design and manage this important bi-annual event. It’s a discerning audience (both internally and externally) and Belinda shaped the event communications, developed the agenda with us and picked a venue, Soho Farmhouse, that everyone loved. With Forgather sweating the details that made a difference to the experience, we could concentrate on the event’s participants – the CEOs/founders in our portfolio companies. I look forward to working together on the next big thing”.
Suranga Chandratillake – General Partner, Balderton