Founders Supported


Hours of support


£m Capital Raised

Pitch your chemistry-led innovation to the UK Angel Investment Community.

The Programme

The Royal Society of Chemistry and UKBAA’s partnership, formed in 2017, continues to go from strength to strength, providing EnterprisePlus companies with the opportunity to pitch to leading angel investors. The aim of the programme is to connect pioneering UK-based, chemistry-focused start-ups and scale-ups with UKBAA’s angel and early-stage investment community.

Since its inception, the Investment Catalyst has worked with 63 EnterprisePlus companies using chemistry to revolutionise the broad areas of health, energy and the environment, food and drink and enabling technologies. The Royal Society of Chemistry and UKBAA work together to pinpoint the most promising businesses to take part in the event, with UKBAA then working closely with the companies to ensure that they’ve perfected their pitches and have the best possible chance of obtaining investment off the back of the showcase.

Our next event is taking place on 3rd November 2021. If you are an investor interested in attending this next pitching event, register here.

For Investors

The showcase takes place twice a year and is open to investors, funds & groups, including angel investors, syndicates and groups, individual investors, fund managers and crowdfund managers. The event is now delivered entirely online: it follows the same format as our in-person events, but it is presented via an online platform.

The showcase celebrates chemistry-focused startups from the following sectors:

  • Health
  • Energy and Environment
  • Food and Drink
  • Enabling Technologies

Emily Vipond, Programme Manager, Enterprise – Royal Society of Chemistry

‘’We at the Royal Society of Chemistry are dedicated to supporting innovative and ambitious chemistry-led SMEs. Our ongoing partnership with UKBAA is absolutely key to providing our growing entrepreneurial community with the access they need to the UK’s early-stage investment community’’

“We are excited to continue our partnership with The Royal Society of Chemistry, introducing world-leading chemistry-focused start-ups to UKBAA’s thriving investment community. Since the start of the programme, we’ve supported 55 innovative founders. We look forward to the programme continuing to go from strength to strength”

Roderick Beer, Managing Director – UKBAA

For Chemistry-focused Founders

The Royal Society of Chemistry and UK Business Angels Association programme offers an opportunity for chemistry-led businesses to be introduced to key individuals from across the investment community, who have the potential to accelerate their growth.

Key considerations for startups wanting to apply to take part in the programme:

  • A UK based company, using chemistry-based IP as a core part of your business
  • Able to demonstrate some commercial traction either through trials, proof of concept, partnerships or sales
  • Able to justify the effective deployment of investment ranging between £100k and £3m
  • A scalable business capable of significant commercial growth
  • EIS or SEIS eligible
  • A member of, or be willing to join, EnterprisePlus – the Royal Society of Chemistry’s support service for SMEs (free membership for eligible companies with under 250 employees and with grants available up to £5,000)

Since the programme’s inception, 55 business have been supported. The cohort of businesses have gone onto raise a total of £4.5m in funding from attending investors, and we’re thrilled to have seen an incredible exit from one of our finalists at a phenomenal £623m.

Catalyst Investment resources

COVID-19 lockdowns lead to UK tech sales boom and adds to e-waste problem

How can we make chemistry accessible for all?

Government must involve scientists in chemicals regulation to achieve a green industrial revolution

Chemistry’s Contribution: Workforce trends and economic impact

To find out more about how to get involved with the Investment Catalyst Programme

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