There are only five days left to apply for the 2022 Spring Edition of the Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to accelerate your business to its next level – apply to take part here.

The Silicon Gorge Investment Pitching competition is back with the opportunity for Tech & Creative companies based in the South West of England and South Wales to pitch to a virtual room full of investors and enablers of investment on 12th May 2022. 

Applications to take part are only open for 5 more days – until Tuesday 29th March. After an initial paper selection process you will know if you are successful in getting through to the competition stage by the 5th April. The competition is open to startups who are looking for up to £3 million in equity funding. 

The competition stage involves a pitching competition held in the week commencing 25th April for up to 24 companies, in order to select the final 10-12 who will make it through to the Showcase. These 24 will also be offered additional marketing/ PR through TechSPARK and our partners, and the final 12 will be offered a pitching workshop to truly hone that pitch before the Showcase.

Apply to take part here

Any investors interested in attending the final event on 12th May should contact abby@techspark.co to join the invite list.

"Silicon Gorge has been a fantastic experience for us and our fundraising journey. We've been able to refine our pitch and gather some invaluable feedback from the judges, advisors, and other founders! And that is before we even mention the opportunity to pitch to a group of the nation's top investors. I can not recommend Silicon Gorge highly enough"

Dan Yates, Co-Founder of Greener

The audience at Silicon Gorge consists of a mixture of VCs, Angels and Network leaders. At each event we have a small panel to help bring out any extra details from the pitchers, and previous panellists include Jean de Fougerolles, Managing Partner at Ascension Ventures, Charles Grimsdale, Angel and Founder at Eden Ventures, Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager at Jenson Funding Partners, Simon Murdoch, Managing Partner at Episode 1, and Triin Linamagi, Co-Founder at Sie Ventures.

Alumni of Silicon Gorge include Immersive Labs and Martin Bysh from Huboo, who have raised £68m and £60m in 2021 alone, plus many others who have raised millions since they pitched: Lettus Grow, KETS Quantum Security, Yellowdog, TravelLocal, Virti, Neighbourly to name just a few.

See a roundup of the most recent Silicon Gorge here.

Timeline

17th February – Applications opened

29th March 6pm – Applications close

5th April – Applicants will be notified if they have made it into the competition stages

26th & 27th April – A choice of 2 dates for Pitching competitions

12th May – Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase 2022: Spring Edition

“We had various investors approaching the company for more details (both directly after pitching and through direct introduction by the programme managers), one of which has committed to invest (pending completion)”

Mihai Caleap, Founder & CEO at Calyo

How to prepare for Silicon Gorge Investment Pitching competition

What do you need to get ready to submit your application to Silicon Gorge 2022? 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 an incubator or accelerator member– and which one?
  • What is your current annual turnover, if revenue generating?
  • Lastly, of course, what are you going to use investment for?

Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.