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An unrivalled opportunity to boost your business to the next level

26 May 2021, Online

Expand your professional network 

Gain support to take your business to the next level

Get feedback from experienced business professionals

Receive invaluable pitch practice training

About GradInvest 2021

GradInvest 2021 offers entrepreneurs an unrivalled opportunity to gain support to take your business to the next level

Whether that be introductions to investors to help secure that pivotal early-stage investment, access to industry experts and seasoned mentors or prestigious accelerator programmes – this high-profile event will give you an opportunity to pitch to all of these audiences and make ‘money can’t buy’ contacts.

What’s more you’ll be brought together with fellow graduate entrepreneurs to expand your professional network, receive invaluable pitch practice training and be promoted to a large database of investors, commercial technology experts, funders and mentors.

If you are seeking investment, it must be in the range of £20k – £250k.

Participation in this event is free of charge.

Why apply for a place at GradInvest 2021

The event is a fantastic opportunity to hone your pitching skills, gain feedback from real investors, SETsquared programme managers, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors and to promote your business to a wider network.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your ideas in front of an audience of over 100 early-stage investors, mentors, accelerators/incubators, policy makers and significant strategic partners.

What you’ll get out of it

This is a business showcase event that aims to enable graduates to turn well-formed proposals into business realisation.

The event will give you the opportunity to access:

  • investors with a specific interest in early-stage ventures
  • accelerators and Incubators who are actively seeking early-stage ventures to apply to their programmes
  • a network of mentors and entrepreneurs
  • marketing opportunities to a large database of investors
  • promotion of your company both on social media and potential press

Who should apply?

GradInvest 2021 is designed for graduates of a SETsquared University – Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton & Surrey – who have graduated or plan to graduate in Summer 2021. We accept applicants up to 3 years post graduation.

You should be able to demonstrate rigorous market validation, a strong and viable business model and the potential for continued growth and development. Your investment range must be within £20k – £250k.

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Applicant Criteria

Key dates and Milestones

Executive Summary One-Pager Guidance

Without SETsquared and the student enterprise team’s support we wouldn’t have been able to develop the business to where it is today. We’ve raised investment, launched our rewards app and have a strong customer based. I would urge other graduate businesses to access this support

James Courtney, Founder & CEO, LUX Rewards


To apply for a place to pitch at this event, please complete the application form below.

The deadline to apply is 09:00, 8 March

We value your privacy and will never pass your details on to third party organisations.

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey