The Silicon Gorge Investment Pitching competition will allow 12 of the most exciting early-stage tech and creative startups in the South West and South Wales the opportunity to pitch to a room of investors from across the region and beyond at an Investor Showcase on 10th November 2021.

Applications to take part are open from Monday 16th August until Monday 20th September, and companies pitching at the Showcase will be selected via a 2 stage process including a Pitching Competition in the week commencing 18th October. 

The competition is open to Tech & Creative companies based in the South West and South Wales who are looking for up to £3 million in equity investment, and the final showcase will be in front of angel investors, early stage VCs and also enablers and advisors of investment, so an ideal networking opportunity for those looking to raise. Furthermore, there is additional marketing and PR support available to those who make it to the competition stage. As well as a Pitching Workshop for the final 12 to hone their skills.

Apply to take part here. 

Any investors interested in attending the final event on 10th November should contact to join the invite list.


Here’s what you need to know and when it’s going to happen:

  • 16th August – 20th September – Applications are open 
  • 30th September – Applicants will be notified if they have made it into the competition stages
  • 19th & 20th October – A choice of 2 dates for Pitching competitions
  • 10th November – Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase 2021: Autumn Edition 

How to prepare for Silicon Gorge Investment Pitching competition

What do you need to get ready to submit your application to Silicon Gorge 2021? It’s not charts and pitch decks, we just want you to tell us about yourselves. We’ll just need :-

  • Your name, company and email – we’ll assume you already have these!
  • A summary of what your company/product does – Maximum 200 words
  • What problem you are solving – Maximum 100 words
  • Why you/your product are unique – Maximum 100 words
  • What stage you are at?
  • How big’s the market?
  • Who are you selling to?
  • How much you’re looking to raise?
  • Are you ab incubator or accelerator member– and which one?
  • If you’re already generating revenue (congratulations!), the rough bracket you’re in
  • Lastly, of course, what are you going to use investment for?


Investment Activator Programme

Silicon Gorge is one of the principal activities of the Investment Activator Programme, a 2 year pilot programme designed to stimulate investment within the South West UK.

Investment Activator Abby Frear says “The IAP has provided the SW ecosystem with an ongoing source of independent and impartial advice for many brilliant Tech & Creative companies looking for early stage equity investment in the region. It’s proved invaluable, especially for those not yet associated with an incubator or accelerator, who need to get investment ready or who want the opportunity to be put in front of investors.

Furthermore it’s enabled us to really highlight the investment successes coming from the region, showcasing the fantastic tech that exists here and encouraging more & more investors to look to the region as a credible source of exciting investment opportunities.

The original pilot has been a UK first and has only been possible thanks to the support of our partners Delaware, Engine Shed, Rocketmakers, Sanderson, TLT, University of the West of England, West of England Combined Authority. 

Want support from the Investment Activator Programme – contact

To keep up with the latest news and to follow the successful startups, give @SiliconGorge & @TechSPARKuk a follow on Twitter.

the investment activator programme is supported by: Engine Shed, delaware, rocketmakers, sanderson, TLT, WECA and UWE Bristol

Ben Shorrock

Ben has been working to help grow tech and digital business for the last decade. He is currently the MD of TechSPARK the Southwest’s network for tech startups and scale ups working with 25,000 people a month to help them recruit, network and raise capital in the UK’s most productive Tech cluster (TechNation 2019). He sits on the boards of the UK Tech Cluster Group, Bristol’s ONce City Economy Board, Tech Swindon, Tech Southwest and is a co-founder of Bristol Tech Festival. Prior to working for TechSPARK, Ben worked in consultancy with businesses opening new sites internationally. In this role, he helped set up Invest Bristol & Bath and the Netherlands consulate for the north of England.