Calling all tech and digital startups in the South West – submit your application for the Silicon Gorge 2024 pitching competition here now! You have until this Friday 5 April to apply.

techSPARK’s annual competition gives 12 of the best startups the chance to pitch to a room full of investors. The programme is open to organisations looking for between £100k-£2m and is an increasingly invaluable opportunity in harsh investment climates.

You have just one month to get your application in, with the deadline being Friday 5 April 2024. Following that, our judges will be working on whittling down the entries to 24 finalists who will each pitch across two days for a place at the Investor Showcase on 4 June. 

If you’re an investor, do sign up for our mailing list to receive an invite to the Investor Showcase, or contact for more details.

Why take part in Silicon Gorge 2024?

Alumni from the competition have gone to boast incredibly successful raises, including Martin Bysh from, Huboo who has now raised a total of £122m in equity investment, and Immersive Labs who have secured £149m across 8 rounds. Silicon Gorge has proven its ability to identify the very best talent and continues to strengthen its reputation for this. Making it through the rounds of the competition has a track record of attracting future investors, and also is a key chance to improve your pitching skills. 

For the startups that make it to the Investor Showcase, we’ll be holding pitching workshops on 21 May to make sure everyone is as ready as possible for the big day. 

If you’re still not convinced, here’s what other founders have to say about Silicon Gorge: 

“The whole Silicon Gorge experience was fantastic. The feedback, networking opportunities and workshops were incredibly helpful. We met one of our angel investors at the event and went on to close an ASA raise of £180,000 after.” 

– Dr Rebecca Allam, Co-Founder and CEO at PreActiv

“Silicon Gorge is a great event for raising the profile of anyone actively seeking investment. There was a fantastic atmosphere around the event and we made connections with a number of investors who we are now following up with. We found everyone present, including investors, to be really approachable and engaged; Silicon Gorge provided a wonderfully supportive, friendly environment.” 

– Dr Jenny Bailey, Founder and CEO at Ferryx

“The support of the techSPARK team and the Silicon Gorge competition has greatly accelerated our funding and investment journey. By getting involved in the competition (and becoming a winner!) we have developed our pitch and got in front of investors far more quickly than we otherwise would have done.”

– Richard Flemmings, Founder and CEO at Map Impact

So what are you waiting for? Apply for the Silicon Gorge competition today! 

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.