Investment Activator Programme

Investment Month

What is Investment Month?

At TechSPARK, we're dedicating each month of 2021 to a different tech and digital-related theme for both our events and content.

March is about all things investment, in partnership with the pioneering Investment Activator Programme - a first of its kind collaboration between private and public sector organisations, put together to help catalyse investment into fast-growing startups in Bristol, Bath and the West of England.

We've published a selection of features to choose from, which you can access here! Take a look for investment advice from the experts in our community, news worth celebrating and profiles on founders who have successfully secured funding for their business. 

More about the Investment Activator Programme

“The Investment Activator programme has been created to inject some energy and capacity into the investment ecosystem locally. We plan to increase coordination and accessibility of available support whilst also raising awareness of the investment opportunities in the West of England. We’re going to run events and programmes that will help business founders/leaders to access investment and build up the community of local investors.” Briony Phillips

Investment Activator, TechSPARK


delaware is a global IT consultancy, employing 2150 people in 12 countries. We deliver advanced solutions and services to organisations striving for a sustainable, competitive advantage.

Partnering with our clients, we work to define, design and deliver enterprise-wide digital transformation, applying the ecosystems of our main business partners, SAP, Microsoft and OpenText.

We continue to service our customers afterwards, assuring continuity and continuous improvement. We opened our first UK client delivery hub in Bristol in November 2018, based in Temple Studios.

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s top 10 accounting firms and a leading investment management business, operating from 12 offices including a large Bristol office with around 200 people.

We offer services to ambitious businesses and their owners across the financial advisory spectrum, with many having international connections. Our services include audit, accountancy, transaction support, tax planning and wealth management.

We believe in building close, long term relationships with our clients, many of whom have been with us for generations where we have dealt with longer-term succession issues and financial planning for exit or retirement.


Engine Shed

Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership at the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Our mission is to stimulate long term economic growth by supporting business, inspiring young people to get involved and to showcase to the public and potential inward investors the exciting opportunities that exist here.


Created in 2000, we set out to be a different kind of law firm, one that pushed the boundaries with new ways of working and thinking. 

Since then, we've grown rapidly and are privileged to support some of the UK's major institutions, high growth businesses and well-known brands. 

Our services support clients in three distinct areas:

 - Advisory: helping with strategic and day-to-day legal issues.

 - Disputes: helping prevent and, where needed, manage conflict.

 - Transactions: helping organisations expand, restructure or sell. 


Rocketmakers is recognised worldwide as leaders in the development of software solutions using the latest technology, with customers ranging from Bank of America, Fidelity, Microsoft, BBC and UK Sport through to many medium and small businesses in the US and UK. 

We have been operating at the bleeding edge of elite sports software since 2007 through our work with the English Institute of SportS, UK Sport, and national sports bodies including British Cycling and GB Rowing. 

Our core focus is providing a development incubation environment to start-up and scale-up businesses where we invest in those early-stage companies and become their development team for the initial product build and product/market fit stages.


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a modern university in the thriving city of Bristol.  U

WE Bristol is one of Britain's most popular universities, with more than 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and is the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England.

Students come to UWE Bristol from all parts of the UK, as well as a significant and growing number of international students from over 140 countries worldwide.


At Sanderson, working together sets us apart. Our core divisions; recruitment, solutions, consulting and executive services help organisations hire the talent they need.

Our experienced teams provide expertise across Tech, Digital, Change, Marketing, HR, Finance and Procurement, working with a diverse range of clients including innovative start-up and scale-ups, established SME’s and global organisations.

We are active in our community, regularly meeting our clients and candidates and are delighted to partner with organisations such as TechSPARK. This partnership approach guarantees a personal touch that makes all the difference.


The West of England Combined Authority is made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Working with our partners, including the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Council and other local service providers, our aim is to deliver economic growth for the region.