Over the last three years some of the South West’s most promising early stage startups, including Bath-based CiteAB – the world’s largest antibody search engine – and Green Running – an innovative energy monitoring solutions business – have pitched their businesses to a room full of major investors at the Silicon Gorge tech innovation showcase event. Now, as it returns for its fourth year, it’s your chance!

Applications for the next cohort of talent competing to attract funding open today. So, if you’re a startup that’s looking for investment between £100,000 and £2 million, you can apply to take part in the pitches here. But hurry, you only have until 6pm on Wednesday 4 January!

This year the theme is smart tech, and while applications are open to any tech company, the judges will particularly be looking for technologies that will help to impact how people live and work in the future.

Smart pitching

Those who make it through the first round of applications will be invited to a pitching competition at Bristol’s Engine Shed on 17 January, where they will be judged by local entrepreneurs and experts.

The lucky finalists selected from the initial pitching competition will then have the opportunity to take part in a pitching workshop to hone their skills before heading on to the final Investor Showcase. This will be held in front of expert venture capital and angel investors from across the region (and beyond) at the new Future Space Enterprise Zone at the University of the West of England on 3 February .

The Silicon Gorge partnership includes TechSPARK, SETsquared, Invest Bristol & Bath, Rocketmakers, Webstart Bristol and IdeaSquares and the pitching competitions will be held as part of Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017, which will take place from February through to October in a series of events showcasing the South West region’s most innovative businesses and technologies.

To find out more about the pitching competition and how to enter, take a look at the Silicon Gorge application form or follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @TechSPARKuk.

Alice Whale