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Innovate UK EDGE investment journey initiatives

Initiatives tailored to your needs in the context of your one to one support, that enhance your investment readiness and pitching prowess.
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As part of Invest-ability, our intensive investment readiness support pathway,  Innovate UK EDGE clients have the opportunity to take part in Invest-ability intensive training and  Pitch Panels.

These structured training components are an important part of the pathway and are only available to existing Innovate UK EDGE clients on the pathway. Before and after, you will be supported by your innovation and growth specialist to derive the maximum value from the experience.

You will have received an invitation to register your interest in participating in one of these initiatives from your innovation and growth specialist.

More details on each are included below, followed by the dates of each round. You can select a round outside of your area.

 

Invest-ability intensive training
 

Invest-ability includes rigorous, structured training in the fundamentals of investment readiness, including invaluable constructive feedback from investors. 
 

To register your interest in participating, please find your region below and provide us with more details. You will need to ensure you read all the important information about Invest-ability before registering.

 

How does it work?

Preparation Meeting (virtual, 1 hour)

This meeting takes place once successfully accepted onto Innovate UK EDGE Invest-ability.

Group 'Get to Know You' Meeting (virtual, 2 hours)

Before you start the training, you will get the chance to meet the like-minded peers embarking on the same Invest-ability journey as you, meet your expert trainer, Ian Tracey, and understand what to expect. You will also have the opportunity to work on your elevator pitch. You will gain a step-by-step guide to the upcoming training sessions and how your Investment Readiness Champion and innovation and growth specialist will support you throughout.

Training Day 1 (virtual, full day)

Get an insider's look at what investors are looking for and how to find them, develop your value proposition, boost your presentation skills, understand investment legals, valuation tools, how to structure deals and fundraise efficiently. You will need to allocate time to prepare a pitch deck for Training Day 2.

Training Day 2 & Peer-to-Peer Pitching (virtual, full day)

After two weeks of fine-tuning, deliver a 5-minute pitch for peer-to-peer and trainer feedback. Before the Investor Session, you will work with your Investment Readiness Champion and innovation & growth specialist to strengthen your pitch.

Investor Session (virtual, 20 mins)

Gain experience by presenting your 5-minute pitch to a panel of investors, with a Q&A session and constructive feedback.

Please find a list of the dates for the Invest-ability structured elements below (N.B. there is a limit of 15 businesses per region and you can apply outside of your region).

 

Is your business eligible for Invest-ability?

Your Innovate UK EDGE specialist will have recommended Invest-ability to you. We can support 15 innovative growth businesses raising £500k+ of investment over the next 24 months to take part in each regional instance of the structured component. Businesses applying should also have a minimum of £100k in income from either grants, investment or revenue. An expert evaluation panel will assess each case objectively, and we are open to hearing from businesses wanting to take part outside of their region.

 

How to apply for Invest-ability

Please select your region below and click ‘Apply here’. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully above to ensure your business can apply and answer as fully as you can.

Please note that all stages of Invest-ability are mandatory to attend and only one representative per company can attend. It must be the same one company representative each time.
 

Invest-ability dates

 

London 

Post-April 2023 dates will be available soon

 

South West of England 

Post-April 2023 dates will be available soon

 

North of England

Post-April 2023 dates will be available soon

 

Midlands    

Post-April 2023 dates will be available soon

 

East of England

Post-April 2023 dates will be available soon

 

South East of England

Registration of interest now closed
'Get to Know You' Meeting: Thursday 9 February 2023
Training Day 1: Thursday 16 February 2023
Training Day 2: Thursday 2 March 2023
Investor Session: Thursday 16 March 2023

 

Wales

Registration of interest now closed.
Notification of Outcome: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
'Get to Know You' Meeting: Wednesday 8 February 2023
Training Day 1: Wednesday 15 February 2023
Training Day 2: Wednesday 1 March 2023
Investor Session: Wednesday 15 March 2023

 

The Pitch Panel

 

The Pitch Panel offers exposure to real investors for constructive and confidence-building feedback on your pitch. Typically it is for companies who already have a strong investor pitch, or who have a specific need to focus on pitching.

We have a limited number of places on The Pitch Panel at any one time – as a client you will already have conducted a deep dive into your investment readiness needs, but an invitation is conditional on supplying further information for objective review by an expert panel.

If you do not enter on to a Pitch Panel event, you will still continue to receive support from your innovation and growth specialist around investment and investment readiness and have the option of submitting for participation in a future round.

 

Pitch Panel Dates

 

Panel Focus Area: Female Founders 
Location: Midlands
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 15th February 2023 (In-person, Leicester)
Registration of interest deadline: 9:00am on Monday 5th February 2023  

 

Panel Focus Area: Fintech 
Location: North of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Tuesday 28 February 2023 (In-person, North)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Tuesday 21 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Medtech and Healthcare
Location: Wales
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Thursday 2 March 2023 (Virtual)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday 23 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: General Business
Location: South East of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Tuesday 7 March 2023 (In-person, Bracknell)
Registration of interest deadline: 6:00pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023 

 

Panel Focus Area: Fintech
Location: London
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 8 March 2023 (In-Person, London)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 17 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Founders of Colour
Location: Midlands
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 8 March 2023 (In-person, Birmingham)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Monday 20 February 2023 

 

Panel Focus Area: Medtech, Biotech & Health
Location: South East of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Thursday 9 March 2023 (In-person, Greenwich)
Registration of interest deadline: 6:00pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Deeptech
Location: East of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Tuesday 14 March 2023 (In-person, Cambridge)
Registration of interest deadline: 12:00pm on Friday 17 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Sustainable and Circular Economy
Location: South West of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Tuesday 14 March 2023 (In-person, Devon)
Registration of interest deadline: 12:00pm on Friday 24 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: B2B SaaS
Location: London
Registration of interest here  
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 22 March 2023 (Virtual)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 3 March 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Low Carbon Economy
Location: East of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Thursday 23 March 2023 (In-person, Cambridge)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 24 February 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deeptech
Location: North of England
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Tuesday 28 March 2023 (In-person, North)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Tuesday 21 March 2023

 

Panel Focus Area: Medtech Founders
Location: Midlands
Registration of interest here 
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 29 March 2023 (In-person, Nottingham)
Registration of interest deadline: 5:00pm on Monday 13th March 2023 

 

Panel Focus Area: Healthtech
Location: London
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 25 January 2023 (Virtual)
Registration of interest now closed

 

Panel Focus Area: General
Location: Wales
Pitch Panel session on Thursday 2nd February (in person)
Registration of interest now closed

 

Panel Focus Area: Deeptech 
Location: London
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 8 February 2023 (In-person)
Registration of interest now closed 

 

Panel Focus Area: Net Zero
Location: London
Pitch Panel Session: Wednesday 22 February 2023 (In-Person)
Registration of interest now closed 

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