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BTV celebrates its third anniversary

As we turn three, we hear from our MD and ask some of our team members what BTV means to them.

BTV Third Birthday
“It’s BTV’s third anniversary and we’re thrilled to share it with a fantastic group of people, including our BAT colleagues, who have been partnering with us and supporting our portfolio companies. Thanks too, to our founders, who have trusted us to invest in their brilliant ideas and share in their exciting journeys. And a big shout out also to our business partners, associates and, of course, our BAT parent,”

says BTV’s MD, Juan M. Palacios. 

“Some of you have been with us from the very beginning, and some are more recent friends. But without each and every one of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today – a CVC that is respected on the global stage and about to close our 23rd investment (keep following for news of this very soon). We have also made three successful exits and have made deals across four continents. 

“Looking back at what BTV has achieved since we made our first investment in Summer 2020, I’m both proud and honoured to be part of such a dynamic group of people. 

“Some CVC funds are anonymous and hide their teams away, but not us. We celebrate and showcase our brilliant colleagues whenever we can, because they are the beating heart of what we do. 

“We launched with a team of just seven dedicated experts in their fields. Today we have 20 fantastic team members, and we regularly welcome interns and BAT Global Graduates who give back to us in terms of enthusiasm, dedication, ideas and hard-work as much as we hope to give to them in experience, mentorship and support.

“The past year has seen a number of highlights that are important to us as a team, including receiving a Level 2 Diversity VC Standard for our work in Diversity & Inclusion; and seeing the growth of our BTV Labs programme. Our Consumer Delight Lab, Futures Lab and ESG Lab offer a supportive partnership for brand growth. With our ESG Lab, for example, we are now on our sixth cohort and have worked with more than 20 companies. 

“Of course, the past three years have also been remarkable not just for us as a team, but for the events that have shaped people’s lives across the world. So it would be foolish to try and predict what the next year will bring globally. 

“But within BTV we know that we will continue to grow our relationships with our portfolio; strengthen our brand purpose; develop our Labs outreach, and continue to educate and engage with our business partners about the work of CVC in general, and BTV in particular. 

“Thank you all again for sharing our exciting journey with us so far, and continuing to do so as we continue to play our part in helping to build A Better Tomorrow™.” 

To mark our third birthday, we turned the spotlight onto some of our team members and asked them…

What does being part of BTV mean to you?

“Being an agent of change in BAT, being at the forefront of A Better Tomorrow™. Having the ability to help transform a +100-year-old company. It’s very exciting and fulfilling,”

Juan M. Palacios, MD.

“Working with a high-performance team.”

Fiona Kinghorn, CFO in Residence.

“Being at the leading edge of transformation.”

Debbie Lowther, Non-Executive Director in Residence.

“Growth, opportunity and the chance to work with a high-performing, yet caring, team.”

Jamie Price, Labs Investment Analyst.

“Being at the cutting edge of delivering an exciting corporate transformation.”

Chris Voelker, Senior Legal Counsel.

“An exciting opportunity to work within an inspiring team of likeminded individuals.”

Lottie Beange, Trainee Solicitor.

“Working with people who respect my opinion and give me the opportunity to take real responsibility.”

George Leivadas, Investment Intern.

“Being part of a united team of bright individuals.”

Luca Marras, Investment Intern.

“A treasure of learning, and incredibly exciting.”

Wasif Amin Khan, BAT Global Graduate.

How would you describe BTV?

What makes BTV different to other CVCs?

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