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Support to raise investment
Access to investment materials & tools
Work with expert mentors & academics
From AI and haptics to immersive tech and world-renowned animation, the region is a hotbed for creative tech talent.
This new Creative Tech Programme is supported by the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme, funded by UK Government. It’s designed to help creative tech ventures in the South West raise investment to undertake the research and development needed to take their products and services to the next level and accelerate their business growth. It will support creative tech founders to become investor-ready and better engage with Angels and VCs.
The creative tech sector is a growing and important sector in the South West and its technologies and solutions feed into many other vital industries including health, Net Zero and education. This programme aims to support its growth and resilience and nurture the next generation of start-ups creating the technologies of the future.
The programme will be supported by MyWorld, a global centre for creative technology research and innovation – which brings together 13 diverse, world-leading partners across academia and industry to stimulate innovation, growth and societal change in both the industry and region.
By participating in the Creative Tech Programme, participants can tap into the expertise, partners and facilities at this global centre of excellence.
We’ll be hosting online workshops led by industry experts, which will put you in a position to learn more about the investment landscape for tech founders and prepare to manage an investment campaign and raise investment (sessions listed below).
The workout modules will be led by one of the most experienced SETsquared mentors
You’ll receive tailored support to help you run a successful investment campaign, including access to an investment raise playbook, a one-to-one session with our Investment Manager, support in launching your campaign on our Investment Platform, promotion in the Investor Bulletin, and the opportunity to apply for a place at an Investment Showcase.
Are you ready to raise investment? Learn more about the creative tech investment landscape through a series of online workshops led by experts in the field. You’ll walk away with the ability to plan, prepare and manage an investment campaign and the skills you need to successfully raise in 2024 and beyond.
7 March, 09:30 – 12:30, online
Create a roadmap for investment working alongside other income, so your strategy connects progress milestones with the right money at the right time.
Start-ups and scaling companies need income at different stages to survive and grow. Not just investment but revenue, grants and other sources. It’s all about the right income at the right time. Learn how to create a roadmap for investment working alongside other income so your strategy connects progress milestones with the right money at the right time.
14 March, 09:30 – 12:30, online
Explore ways to connect your growth strategy to a campaign plan, and learn about the investment support available to creative tech companies.
Raising investment in creative technology is unlike any other investment category. The right positioning and investment campaign are essential to attract investors at the right stage of your development. In this interactive session, you’ll look at ways to connect your growth strategy to a campaign plan and learn about the investment support available to creative tech companies.
If you want to raise investment for your creative tech business, immersing yourself in the investment ecosystem is an important part of the journey. If you want to access the fully-funded opportunity to attend one of the following events to network, meet and connect with investors, find out what they are looking for and get yourself investor-ready, you can express an interest on the form below; simply choose the location that most suits you.
5 March, 17:00 – 20:30, Michelmores, Exeter
Focusing on the burgeoning creative industries across Devon & Cornwall, this event, organised by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), will bring together investors active in the region with high-growth creative businesses to explore the opportunities for investment in this exciting sector.
Panel speakers include:
Chloe Vernon-Shore, Partner, Michelmores
Chloe co-leads MAINstream, an angel investor network created by Michelmores in 2019 that connects angel investors with high-growth, early-stage companies based in the Southwest. MAINstream is an entirely fee free network that has deployed a significant amount of capital since its inception.
Ashley Hoare, Head of Customer Success and Partnerships, Michelmores
Damon Bonser, CEO & Founder, British Design Fund
If you are based in or have some connection to Devon/Cornwall and want to attend this event, please tick this option on the expression of interest form below. Only three places available.
6 March, 07:30 – 12:15, Watershed, Bristol
Hear from founders from the region who have successfully raised investment and get the low down on precisely what investors are looking for in investment propositions.
You will also get the unique opportunity to participate in an investment readiness masterclass led by an investor with a small group of other founders. This will help you sharpen how you approach investors and present your opportunity, pitch and slide deck.
If you want to attend this event, please tick this option on the expression of interest form below. Only ten places available.
The Creative Tech Programme is open to companies that are working/innovating with creative technologies, including but not limited to immersive techs such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the metaverse, game design, animation, fashion tech, robotics and creative AI, interactive media, digital art plus sound and music production.
We welcome applications from organisations including:
Applicants do not need to be associated with SETsquared’s partner universities in any way.
Fully funded places can be awarded to businesses in the South West which includes Bath, Bristol, and any areas within the counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall.
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