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Event Outline: SETsquared 2020 Investment Showcase

Key dates and milestones for applicants

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
  • Deadline for updated company 1-page summary

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 

Selecting the companies to exhibit and pitch (all stages are compulsory):

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.

5-minute Pitch Guideline:

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:

  • The Problem
    What is the problem that you are trying to solve?
  • The Solution
    What is your solution to that problem?
  • The Opportunity
    What is the market opportunity for your solution?
  • The Business Model
    Explain how the business model works?
    How are you going to make money and what investment are you looking for?
  • The Team
    Who are they and what is their relevant experience?
  • The Ask
    What do you need in terms of next steps?


If you have any questions, please email or call 07365 994449.

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SETsquared is a partnership between

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