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An unrivalled opportunity for SETsquared-supported companies to raise investment
1 December 2022, 08.30 – 17.00, Church House, Westminster
Applications open
Closing date: 9 September 2022, 9.00am


Gain investment to take your business to the next level

Expand your professional network 

Get feedback from experienced business professionals

Receive invaluable pitch practice training

About the event

[email protected] offers SETsquared member start-ups and scale-ups an unrivalled opportunity to raise investment to take your business to the next level.

This highly successful annual showcase has become the event to attend in the investment calendar and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever as we celebrate SETsquared’s 20th year.

On the day, you will have the opportunity to deliver a five-minute investment pitch and meet with investors at your exhibition stand. You can expect an audience of 200+ active investors in early-stage, high technology ventures e.g. business angels, specialist venture capitalists, high net-worth individuals and corporate innovation teams. There are also usually a small number of government funding specialists in attendance.

The showcase is the culmination of a two-month investment programme, which will help you to hone your company’s pitch and provide significant promotion within the investor community.

Participation in this event is free to SETsquared members.

Why apply for a place at [email protected]

If you’re seeking investment for growth, this programme will put you on the path to investment success.

The Showcase will give you the opportunity to access:

  • a significant number of active specialist technology investors who shape commercial opinion and actively invest from £250k up to £5m in technology ventures
  • a marketing opportunity to a database of over 1,500 investors
  • exhibition stand at a high-profile event, attended by a range of investors, commercial technology experts, large technology corporates and senior Government officials
  • a programme of support to further hone each investment proposition.

Selected companies get thousands of pounds worth of support with no equity or fees charged.

Step by step guide to the selection process

  1. Once we validate applications, you will be invited to attend the first stage of the selection process, an online pitching session. A maximum of 45 companies will pitch online (if applications exceed this number, applicants will be selected on a first to apply basis). At the online selection session, you will give a 5-minute pitch to a panel of external investors and experienced entrepreneurs. A 10-minute Q&A + feedback from the panellists will follow each pitch. Up to 25 companies will be selected to go forward to the second stage: Investment Programme & Campaign Part A
  2. These 25 selected companies will be promoted to the database of 1,500+ investors as part of the marketing campaign for the event. They will be given further support to hone their pitching skills via their local incubators and they will attend a pitch perfect webinar delivered by a trainer and an in person pitch practice session.
  3. Following the pitch practice sessions, a maximum of 20 companies will be selected to go forward to the final stage: Investment Programme & Campaign Part B including online one-to-one pitch refinement and investment campaign sessions and the @20 INVEST dress rehearsal and showcase in London.

Who should apply?

Applicants are eligible if they are members of one of our SETsquared Business Acceleration Centres in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey or a member of the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.

You should be able to demonstrate rigorous market validation, a strong and viable business model and the potential for continued growth and development and the social and environmental impact of their business.

Please also read:

Applicant Criteria

Key dates and Milestones

Executive Summary One-Pager Guidance

The Investment Showcase was well organised to maximise our exposure to the investment community. We made some excellent contacts, which will help us to open doors in the future.

Kasia Pankowska, Founder & CEO, Stay Planner

Applications open

Closing date: 9 September 2022, 9.00am

Companies Application form - [email protected] INVEST

  • Contact details

  • Company information

  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
  • Online Panel Selection Process

    The panel selection process will take place online via Zoom, a video conferencing and web conferencing tool. Along with the submission of your executive summary, you will be required to give a 5 minute pitch online to a panel of 3 - 5 people. After your pitch the panel will ask questions and provide feedback on your business proposition and pitch. The panel will select up to 25 companies to go forward to the second stage: Investment Programme & Campaign Part A. See dates below which you must give your availability for. Details of the panel will be published nearer the time.
    Please tick as many boxes as you can.
  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
    Your uploaded executive summary will be the one used for the panel selection process. The length should not exceed a single sided A4 page. If you are unsure, please read our guidance on creating an executive summary within the event outline.
  • Presenter details

    Please note: the person presenting in front of the online selection panel HAS TO COMMIT to attend the webinars, attend the Pitch Practice session, engage with their local centre or Scale-Up sector manager, attend the dress rehearsal (30 November in London) and the actual investment event on 1st December in London if selected.

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
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  • University of Surrey