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|KEY DATES & MILESTONES for CANDIDATES||DATE / ACHIEVED BY|
|Applications open||26 July 2021|
|Deadline for companies to submit application form attaching their 1-page executive summary and logo||10 September 2021, 9.00|
|Companies to engage with local centres /EIR||w/c 13 September|
|1st Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers||28, 29 and 30 September|
|2nd Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers|
|3rd Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers|
|Written feedback & notification to inform companies about the outcome of the final selection following online panel selection sessions. Times for pitch refinement + Information Pack.||w/c 4 Oct|
|Webinar – Investment Campaign – Compulsory||13 October, 14.00|
|Pitch refinement sessions – Zoom session with Tim Doidge||19, 20 and 21 October|
|Deadline for updated company 1-page summary||by Envestry session|
|Envestry session – Zoom session with Christopher Hill||10, 11 and 12 November|
|Webinar – How to get the most out of the event – Compulsory||18 November, 14.00|
|Pitch recording sessions||Tuesday 23 Nov|
|Final Information Packs sent to exhibiting/pitching companies along with draft Delegate List||24 November|
9.30 – 11.30 : Setup and dress rehearsal of presentations
|Tuesday, 30 November|
9.00 – 11.00: Online Investment Showcase
|Wednesday, 1 December|
STAGE 1: Once applications are validated, companies 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, each company 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.
The aim is to select 16 companies to pitch at the final event.
STAGE 2: 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.
STAGE 3: Selected companies will need to engage with their local centre and attend the online webinars and pitch recording session.
All companies selected to pitch at the showcase on 1 December will be required to attend a practice session on the morning of the 30 November.
What are they looking for in a pitch and what questions do they want answered?
In general, the audience is looking for an overview/snapshot of your value proposition in the time allocated. They are not expecting huge amounts of detail about how your solution works but are interested in the overall business opportunity that you are presenting. As a guide it is recommended that you cover the following questions:
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