South West innovators and tech start-ups invited to apply to Pitchfest at SW Innovation Expo

South West innovators and tech start-ups invited to apply to Pitchfest at SW Innovation Expo

  • Pitching competition to be held at South West Innovation Expo – 14th October 2021, Sandy Park, Exeter
  • Early-stage start-ups, innovators and tech entrepreneurs invited to apply

Early-stage start-ups, innovators, and tech entrepreneurs are invited to apply for Pitchfest, a pitching competition run as part of South West Innovation Expo on 14th October 2021 at Sandy Park, Exeter. Successful applicants will have the chance to present their start-up or innovation to an audience of investors, business leaders, and other entrepreneurs.

Pitchfest offers start-up companies 5-minute slots to present their business as well as a free exhibition stand providing them with additional opportunities to meet and network with SW Innovation Expo delegates

All applicants to Pitchfest will be invited to take part in a virtual investor readiness training day with training sessions from SETsquared, MAINStream, and the Universities of Plymouth and Falmouth. Only 15 will be selected from the training day to go through to Pitchfest on 14th October. Applications for Pitchfest can be made here: [insert link]

Ben Voysey, SETSquared says,

“Pitchfest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your business to a room full of people who can help it to grow. Ideally, we are looking for businesses that are expecting growth through investment in the near future. The training given to all applicants will provide valuable support and an opportunity to learn from each other as well as the experts.”

Pitchfest is sponsored by South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications (SWCoESA) and MAINstream, a network for business angel investors established by Michelmores. Pitchfest is supported and organised by SETSquared.

Tim Richards, Managing Partner at Michelmores said:

“We are proud to be helping early-stage start-ups, innovators, and tech entrepreneurs to have the chance to present their projects to such an important audience.  This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their projects and lead new innovative ideas in the South West region.”

SW Innovation Expo brings together technology innovators and entrepreneurs with business leaders and investors to share and understand the power of new technology. Delegates will see the latest innovation in action, find out how technology can transform their business, learn from innovators, meet investors and emerging talent.

Taking place on 14th October 2021 the event is focused on demonstrating the cutting edge technical and intellectual innovations that could be transformative for any business. Session strands include innovation on a budget, de-risking supply chain, leadership and management, investors, replacing manual processes, virtual and digital technology, improving productivity, marketing, and customer communications.

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SW Innovation Expo lead partners are Falmouth University, the University of Plymouth, University of Exeter. SW Innovation Expo sponsors are Michelmores, Thomas Westcott, South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications (SWCoESA), Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, Impact Lab, Exeter Science Park, and Plymouth Science Park.