Innovate UK EDGE’s investment readiness programme helps innovative businesses make step changes towards scale.
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Pitchfest supports innovative and ambitious UK SMEs to get investment ready and develop their investor pitch in order to raise finance.
 
A fully funded offering, Pitchfest will support innovative SMEs to accelerate their progress towards scale.

What does Pitchfest offer?

  • Two days of in-depth virtual training to enhance your investment proposition and pitch deck with domain experts
  • Constructive no-risk feedback from a panel of real investors
  • Introductions to active UK investor networks

A gateway to bespoke support from a dedicated Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist that extends beyond the programme and beyond finance.
 

Who should apply? 

Innovate UK EDGE is looking for high-growth innovative SMEs interested in internationalisation and seeking to raise c.£500k of investment. Your business will need to be suitable for Angel/VC finance, with a minimum of £100k in economic activity.
 
To learn more and apply, please follow the links below.
 

Dates dates and locations

London

Prep Session:        28 January 2021
Training Day 1:      11 February 2021
Training Day 2:      25 February 2021
Investor Session:  11 March 2021
Application Deadline: 7 January 2021

Apply here 
 
 

East of England

Prep Session:         2 February 2021
Training Day 1:       16 February 2021
Training Day 2:       2 March 2021
Investor Session:   16 March 2021
Applications Deadline: 12pm, 15 January 2021

Apply here
 
 

North of England

Prep Session:          23 March 2021
Training Day 1:        6 April 2021
Training Day 2:        20 April 2021
Investor Session:    4 May 2021
Applications Deadline: 2 March 2021
Please check back for application form
 
 

Midlands

Prep Session:          1 April2021
Training Day 1:        15 April 2021
Training Day 2:        29 April 2021
Investor Session:    13 April 2021
Applications Deadline: 11 March 2021
Please check back for application form
 
 

South West of England

Prep Session:          13 April 2021
Training Day 1:        27 April 2021
Training Day 2:        11 May 2021
Investor Session:    25 May 2021
Applications Deadline: 23 March 2021
Please check back for application form
 
 

Wales

Prep Session:           22 April 2021
Training Day 1:         6 May 2021
Training Day 2:         20 May 2021
Investor Session:     3 June 2021
Applications Deadline: 1 April 2021
Please check back for application form
 
 

South East of England

Prep Session:           18 May 2021
Training Day 1:         1 June 2021
Training Day 2:         15 June 2021
Investor Session:     29 June 2021
Applications Deadline: 27 April 2021
Please check back for application form

 

Northern Ireland

Prep Session:        3 February 2022
Training Day 1:      17 February 2022
Training Day 2:      3 March 2022
Investor Session:  16 March 2022
Application Deadline: 13 January 2022
Please check back for application form

 

If you have an innovative offering to pitch to investors and your product or service has an international market - Pitchfest is for you!

 

Have a question about Pitchfest?

We are happy to help. Email our organising team pitchfest@innovateukedge.ukri.org