Each year, in October, SETsquared runs an Investment Showcase in London where around 20 of the UK's most exciting new technology and innovation companies present to around 150 investors. The companies are spin-outs from our five universities - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey - and companies from the wider business community which we support within our Business Acceleration Centres.
This is a highly successful event where companies have the opportunity to explore potential funding with a large and wide-ranging group of investors. In the last five years, the showcased companies have raised over £70m.
Companies learn a great deal through this exposure to the investment community. Some companies, on reflection, feel that growth through previously established revenue streams are more appropriate. Others concentrate on gaining initial customer orders to strengthen their value to investors before formally approaching this community.
The investors themselves find the event an attractive proposition as they get to see a large quanity of high quality propositions in one hit. They recognise that the support SETsquared provides for these companies and the fact we work with high tech, high growth ventures that they are going to be presented with high quality investment-ready opportunities.
Many investors consider the event a 'must do' in their calendar, though each year around 50% of the audience are new to the event. The audience is predominantly made up of active investors in early-stage high -technology ventures including business angels, specialist venture capitalists, high net-worth individuals and corporate financiers. There is also a small number of government funding specialists.
Selecting the companies to exhibit:
A SETsquared supported company has the opportunity to participate in a series of investor readiness seminars that help them to prepare. We then hold selection days where each company gives a ten-minute pitch to a panel of external investors and experienced entrepreneurs. From this, we select around 20 companies to exhibit and a maximum of six companies to present. Each selected company is given further support to prepare materials to exhibit and further hone their pitches.
Please email us with any enquiries about the event.