Best of British Innovation at SETsquared Investment Showcase
Opportunity for investors - twenty investment-ready high growth ventures from a wide range of sectors
The businesses are pitching for investment of between £250,000 and £5 million each from venture capitalists, angel investors and wealthy individuals. Over the past eight years participants have raised over £120 million in investment.
The Investment Showcase, held at One Great George Street, London, starts at 8am with an informal breakfast. The event includes ten minute investor pitches from eight of the companies attending. All twenty companies have exhibition stands that will be open throughout the morning, to allow potential investors to engage in direct discussions with them. Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter will also be speaking at the event.
The eight companies making presentations are
- Energy from biomass company Antaco
- Mobile audiobook streaming service Bardowl
- Cow health monitoring company eCow
- Online buyer and supplier matching service Findsyou
- Real-time business intelligence developer Ikle
- Messaging service creator Mindings
- Data analysis software company Sibdocity
A full list of the twenty showcasing companies with details of their technologies is at the end of this press release.
"Now in its ninth year, the Investment Showcase has provide some great deals for investors as the support SETsquared provides for the companies ensures they are credible propositions," said Graham Harrison, partnership director at the SETsquared Partnership. "SETsquared has a decade-long track record of successfully supporting start-ups and spin-outs, with an industry-beating average 90% survival rate."
The SETsquared Partnership (www.setsquared.co.uk) is the enterprise collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Together, the universities employ 7,400 academic staff; earn nearly 10% of the UK’s higher education research budget; and produce 11% of all UK university patents.
The partnership has a 10-year track record of supporting companies through its innovation centres, which provide access to industry specialists, investors and experienced entrepreneurs. SETsquared currently supports over 250 early stage high-tech, high growth potential businesses, and 90% of its incubated companies are still in business three years on. In the past five years, nearly £0.75bn in investment funding has been raised by spin outs and incubated companies.
SETsquared supports its student population of over 90,000 graduate and undergraduates to gain hands on business skills and entrepreneurial training through experiential inter-university activities. The Partnership also provides opportunities for industry to access academic ideas with commercial potential and develop collaborative R&D relationships. The Partnership seeks to promote the impact, economically and socially, of its institutions’ research and enterprise activities.