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For high-tech companies looking to accelerate their growth in sustainable materials and chemical technologies

13 & 14 May, iCAST Creative Hub, Swindon, SN1 5FB

Tailored investment readiness training

Support to scale your business

Accelerate the development of your products & services

Work with expert mentors & academics

About the Investment Workout

Access to finance is a major barrier to UK SME growth, particularly in new, high-technology sectors like sustainable materials and green chemical technologies. Understanding how to plan and execute a successful investment strategy is a critical success factor for growth.

The two-day interactive course will help you build a strategy for raising seed and venture capital investment from investors managing a sustainability sector-aligned portfolio.

You will be supported by a team of highly experienced mentors with backgrounds in sustainable technology innovation, considering the unique challenges and opportunities within the sector.

Find out more about the team who will support you on this programme.


More about the programme

This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complex world of venture funding in the UK.

By the end of the course, you will clearly understand the investment landscape, how to position your company to attract the right type of investor, and how to plan a multi-stage investment campaign to increase the odds of closing your next fundraising round.

The companies who are most “investor ready” following the workout, will be selected to access additional bespoke support from the SETsquared Investment Team and have the opportunity to pitch to investors with a strong interest in the sustainable technologies sector in July.

This programme is in collaboration with iCAST – The Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies. Find out more


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Who should apply?

We can support companies in the following technology areas on the workout:

  • Circular plastics
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Sustainable and renewable feedstocks
  • Sustainable engineering materials

Or those in adjacent sectors:

  • Digitalisation and distributed manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • Industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, techno-economic assessment, carbon footprinting, science-based carbon targets

The workout is designed for spin-outs, start-ups, and scale-up companies. You must be actively considering or seeking investment within the next 24 months.

Apply now

To apply for the Investment Workout on 13 & 14 May, please fill out and submit the application form below.

Once we have received your application form, a member of the team will be in touch.

iCAST Sustainable Chemical Technologies: Investment Workout

Are you a spin-out?(Required)
Are you an industry member of iCAST?(Required)
Are you a member of SETsquared?(Required)
Is your company revenue generating?(Required)
Which of the following areas are you operating in?(Required)
Have you raised any investment capital or grant income in the past?(Required)
I agree for my data to be shared with the University of Bath, the University of Oxford, SETsquared, the National Composites Centre, the Centre for Process Innovation, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP and Swindon Borough Council, who all make up the consortium delivering iCAST.(Required)
iCAST is delivered in partnership with the University of Bath, the University of Oxford, SETsquared, the National Composites Centre, the Centre for Process Innovation, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP and Swindon Borough Council, therefore all data shared on this form and throughout your participation with iCAST may be shared with these parties.

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