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Futures 24

Date & time: 28 November 2023, 12.00 – 18.00
Behind the Bike Shed, Shoreditch, London
An unrivalled opportunity for SETsquared-supported
companies to raise investment


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 Investment Programme & Event

For the past 19 years, SETsquared has staged a highly successful annual investment event, helping companies raise over £160m+ in investment. This year, we’re changing things up.

Investment Futures 24 will bring together the investment community to debate the hot topics around the current investment landscape as we move into 2024 – through a series of roundtable discussions and keynote speakers.

We’re offering 30 SETsquared members the opportunity to participate in a 3-month Investment Programme to polish and perfect your investment pitch, pre-record a five-minute pitch which will be uploaded and promoted on our Investment Platform in the lead-up to the event and deliver a one-minute quick-fire pitch at the actual event whilst networking with the audience of 150+ investors and getting involved in the critical discussions on the day.

The event is part of this 3-month investment programme, which will help you hone your company’s pitch, provide significant promotion within the investor community and help you reach out and attract the right investors for your business.

Participation in this event is free to SETsquared members.

Why apply for a place at Investment Futures 24 

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

It 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
  • an investor 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 and record a five-minute investment pitch.

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

Step by step guide to submit your application

Applicants are eligible if they are members of one of our SETsquared Business Acceleration Centres in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, a spin-out from a SETsquared partner university, a founder of student-led innovation start-up from a SETsquared partner university or a member of one of our SETsquared programmes. View the applicant criteria

  1. If you would like to find out further information about the selection process and be considered, please join the SETsquared Innovation Platform.
  2. Once you have requested to join the platform, please submit your application. Applications are assessed against the Applicant Criteria and validated by the SETsquared central team and local centres. A maximum of 75 companies will be admitted to the selection process.
  3. Once we validate applications, you will be invited to attend an online pitching session. A maximum of 75 companies will pitch online. At the online selection session, you will give a 5-minute pitch to a panel of external investors. A 10-minute Q&A + feedback from the panellists will follow each pitch. Up to 30 companies will be selected to pitch at the Investment Futures 24.
  4. The 30 selected companies will be supported to pre-record your five-minute investment pitch, which will be uploaded to our Investment Platform and viewed in advance by interested investors.
  5. 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.

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


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