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SETsquared 2020


An unrivalled opportunity for SETsquared supported companies to raise investment
Event: 2 December 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 Online


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 Showcase

Our SETsquared 2020 Investment Showcase offers technology start-ups an unrivalled opportunity to raise investment to take your business to the next level.

For the past 17 years, SETsquared has staged this highly successful annual investment event, helping companies raise over £100m investment. Our audience is made up of over 150 delegates who are predominantly 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 3-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 of charge.

Why apply for a place at the SETsquared 2020 Investment Showcase

Whether your start-up is seeking Seed, Series A or B investment, 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 1,300 investors as all invitees get a copy of the company summaries
  • an online investment showcase 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 for free 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 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. 16 companies will be selected to pitch at the online investment showcase.
  2. These 16 selected companies will be promoted to the database of 1,300+ investors as part of the marketing campaign for the event.
  3. Selected companies will be given further support to hone their pitch ready for the showcase via their local incubators and the will attend an online pitch refinement session delivered by a trainer.

Who should apply?

Applicants are eligible if they are members of one of our SETsquared Universities (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey), Incubators or a spinout from one of our Universities.

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

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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 are now closed 

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SETsquared is a partnership between

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