International Business Festival Investment Opportunities

Thu, April 19th, 2018

Our Festival now connects entrepreneurs who are ready to scale up their...

Our Festival now connects entrepreneurs who are ready to scale up their companies with investors who want to help grow exciting and innovative businesses.

We’re working with the UK Business Angels Association, the national industry body for angel and early-stage investment, to bring some exciting new strands to this year’s event.

As our investment partner, UKBAA aims to match those seeking equity capital with investors through a range of initiatives. And you could get the chance to present your company’s case for investment from the Festival’s main platform, the Futures Stage, as part of The Investor Pitch.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

INCREDIBLE ANGEL INVESTMENT PITCH OPPORTUNITY

60 WINNING COMPANIES. 8 DAYS. £250K - £10M

Taking place on eight of the Festival’s nine days, the Investor Pitch showcase events will enable up to 60 companies to present their offer to a panel of investors, with the chance of securing £250 - £10m of angel investment.

There will be a rigorous selection assessment, with a UKBAA panel judging applications on criteria relating to their core business and potential to scale. The application deadline is Monday, May 14.

To take part, you’ll first need to register for your Festival Pass or Day Ticket . You’ll then receive an invitation to submit to the application process.

Successful companies who are invited to pitch will be reimbursed the cost of their ticket and businesses who are not selected will still have access to scores of investors, via our forthcoming online networking and meeting tool, 'delegate select'. See below for further details.

Register here

NETWORK WITH INVESTORS

If you’re not selected - or not quite ready to pitch just yet – then fear not, you can still mingle with investors in your sector on the Festival floor thanks to our online Delegate Select platform. Going live in the run-up to the Festival, it will allow ticketholders to connect with investors and arrange meetings in advance

GAIN PRACTICAL ADVICE

Via the Festival’s Knowledge Hub, UKBAA will also be delivering a series of seminars aimed at both potential investors and ambitious entrepreneurs. These include Angel Investing for Women, The Effective Investor - featuring experienced angels revealing their top do’s and don’ts - and Be Investible, an unmissable session aimed at helping company founders appraise their business from an investor’s point of view.

FOR INVESTORS

THERE TO HELP

UKBAA will engage with investors across the Festival, helping them get the most from the experience and ensuring they are aware of key events that match their needs.

Investors will have the opportunity to directly interact with businesses presenting on stage as part of The Investor Pitch, as well as with other relevant businesses within the sector.

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT SUMMIT

UKBAA also presents an Investment Summit on Tuesday 19 June, providing thought leadership on the latest trends and developments in both the UK and international investment markets.

The ‘Creating Global Connectivity for Growth’ event will feature major keynote speakers and panellists from across the UK and international investment communities, for an audience of 500 delegates.

THE INVESTOR PITCH - APPLICATION DETAIL

The Investor Pitch showcase events will present six to eight carefully selected companies seeking investment to scale up in the UK and international markets. It seeks not only to showcase talented scaling innovators but also to explore the bright future of global innovation.

Entrepreneurs who offer value to their sector and demonstrate a clear need for their innovation are invited to compete for a coveted spot on stage. This opportunity is for businesses seeking equity investment that can demonstrate a strong capacity to scale and prove both their traction and achievements.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • STRONG TRACTION & ACHIEVEMENTS
  • STRONG MARKET SHARE
  • CLEAR EVIDENCE OF CAPACITY TO SCALE
  • STRONG DIFFERENTIATION FROM YOUR COMPETITORS
  • SEEKING EQUITY CAPITAL TO SUPPORT GROWTH
  • LOOKING FOR BETWEEN £250K-£10M

PRIORITY INVESTMENT SECTORS

  • GLOBAL ECONOMICS 12TH JUNE 2018
  • URBANISATION & CITIES 13TH JUNE 2018
  • SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 14TH JUNE 2018
  • FUTURE TRANSPORT 19TH JUNE 2018
  • MANUFACTURING 20TH JUNE 2018
  • GLOBAL LOGISTICS & SHIPPING 21 JUNE 2018
  • HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES  26TH JUNE 2018
  • CREATIVE INDUSTRIES 27TH JUNE2018
  • SPORT, CULTURE & TRAVEL 28TH JUNE2018

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