Learn to pitch your idea and you could raise up to £2m

Kye Parkin
Communications Executive | Business West
6th August 2019

Innovative companies in the South West are being invited to pitch to investors to raise investment of between £100,000-£2 million.

The ‘Dragons’ Den’ style programme, Pitchfest South West, is delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), in partnership with Innovate UK and supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

The programme offers intensive investment and pitch training to scaling businesses to prepare them to pitch ‘live’ to an audience of real investors.

Ed Tellwright, EEN finance specialist, said:

“Pitchfest really is the business opportunity of a lifetime for companies in the South West to pitch for financial support to private investors who will be investing their own personal funds.

“The investors we have gathered together for Pitchfest in the South West are high-net worth individuals who have generally owned or run businesses in the past.

“These investors don’t just want to invest their money alone. They want to give something back to the local community and they will probably be able to open business doors for the firms they support.”

Companies will be interviewed before being selected to attend pitch training days in early September.

Places are limited to 20 companies from which 10 businesses from the South West will be selected to pitch at two investor showcases in Bristol and Exeter during October.

“The businesses we are targeting for Pitchfest will be highly innovative scale-up businesses,” said Ed Tellwright.

“The financial support from the investors is designed to take a company’s idea or product and commercialise it successfully.”

The Enterprise Europe Network delivering Pitchfest helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow. Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK they provide expert advice and support for businesses looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets.

There are no charges associated with the Pitchfest programme and it is free to enter. For more information on the free entry and dates for Pitchfest visit https://pitchfestsw2019.eventbrite.co.uk  or email Ed Tellwright ed.tellwright@businesswest.co.uk.

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  • Looking to raise between £100k – £2m in investment?

    This is your chance to join Pitchfest South West, an intensive expert training and investment programme, which will prepare you to pitch "live" to an audience of real investors.


    The programme – delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in partnership with Innovate UK and supported by KTN –  is ideal for companies with innovative products and services.