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|KEY DATES & MILESTONES for CANDIDATES||DATE / ACHIEVED BY|
|Applications open||1 September 2020|
|Deadline for companies to submit application form attaching their 1-page executive summary and logo||2 October 9.00|
|Companies to engage with local centres /EIR||w/c 5 October|
|1st Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers||
13, 14 and 15 October
|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 19 Oct|
|Webinar – Investment Campaign – Compulsory||22 Oct 11.00|
|Pitch refinement sessions – Zoom session with Tim Doidge||3, 4 and 5 Nov|
9 Nov, 12.00
|Webinar – How to get the most out of the event – Compulsory||17 Nov, 14.00|
|Pitch recording sessions time slots to send out||w/c 16 Nov|
|Pitch recording sessions||Tuesday 24 Nov|
|Final Information Packs sent to exhibiting/pitching companies along with draft Delegate List||w/c 23 Nov|
9.30 – 11.30 : Setup and dress rehearsal of presentations
|Tuesday, 1 Dec|
9.00 – 11.00: Online Investment Showcase
Wednesday, 2 Dec
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 2nd December will be required to attend a practice session on the morning of the 1 December. All exhibitors will need to bring 1-2 additional members of their team at the event.
What are they looking for in a pitch and what questions do they want answered?
In general, the audience are 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 in general more interested in the overall business opportunity that you are presenting. As a guide it is recommended that you cover off the following questions:
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