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Backing Innovators Across the UK

Presented in partnership by the UK Business Angels Association and the British Business Bank, TechInvest: Investing across the UK is spotlighting high-growth potential tech innovators in a series of London-based pitch showcases. This one of a kind investment series seeks to connect the dots from fundraising through securing investment by providing a platform for innovative founders to meet industry-leading investors.

A Rolling Event Series

Presented in partnership with UK Business Angels Association and the British Business Bank, the latest iteration of ‘TechInvest: Investing across the UK’ will be spotlighting high-growth potential tech innovators from across a range of sectors, including AI, FinTech, HealthTech and CleanTech.

Working with a panel of expert judges from industry and investment, a selection of 10 innovators will be handpicked to take the stage and pitch at each London event. Across the 4 events, up to 40 leading businesses will have the chance to tap into investment from a group of industry-leading early-stage investors eager to see what opportunities are on the rise.

The next iteration of TechInvest

Event 4: CleanTech Spotlight

The final event in this latest series focuses in on CleanTech and is set to take place on Wednesday 20th March at PWC’s London Bridge offices. Working with a panel of expert judges, we will be identifying 10 standout innovators from across the sector to take to the stage and present their investment opportunities.

Investors and UKBAA members are invited to join us to hear 5-minute pitches from a group of leading regional CleanTech entrepreneurs

Investors interested in high-growth CleanTech businesses, be sure to register here.

 

Who Should Apply?

CleanTech businesses meeting the below requirements should apply!

  • Investment ready and actively raising equity investment in the range of £250k-£3m
  • Meeting/solving a clear market need
  • Demonstrate the potential to scale/possibility of disruption in their sector
  • Utilising technology as a core part of their solution/service
  • Based in the regions or with a significant regional connection (outside of London)

Before applying businesses should take into consideration the following details:

  • Each event is focused on a different sector
  • Businesses should have a strong base in a regional location (i.e., business headquarters/majority of their team based there), outside of London
  • Up to 10 businesses will be selected to pitch at each showcase and those selected will be expected to pitch in-person in London (businesses will be required to arrange their own travel details)
  • There will be a judging panel selecting all businesses to pitch. The panel will seek to create a curated line-up of businesses for each showcase and will endeavour to have representation across an array of tech-related sectors

There will be up to 10 businesses selected to pitch at each event. Only businesses from the Region or Nation in which the event is focusing will be eligible to apply and pitch.

The 10 businesses selected for each event will be invited to come to London and pitch to an investor audience of over 60. Drawn from UKBAA’s extensive community of angel and early-stage investors, this event will offer an incredible opportunity to build your network and access potential investment.

For each event, the businesses selected will attend a 1-to-1 bespoke pitch rehearsal session in preparation for their 5-minute pitch at the event. Businesses selected to pitch will also receive exclusive access to UKBAA’s Deal Share Platform – a one of a kind investor marketplace for profiling and sharing your deal.

Calling all CleanTech Founders

Spotlighting regional tech innovators from across a range of sectors, focusing now on CleanTech. Be part of this exclusive investment series and profile your opportunity in front of our investment community. Applications are now closed.

Previous Events

Event 3: HealthTech Spotlight

The third event in this latest series focused in on HealthTech and took place on Wednesday 21st February at lawyers Mills & Reeve’s London offices. Working with a panel of expert judges, we identified 10 standout innovators from across the sector to take to the stage and present their investment opportunities.

Investors and UKBAA members were invited to join us to hear 5-minute pitches from a group of leading regional HealthTech entrepreneurs. We were delighted to also have Adam Kelly – Managing Director of British Business Investments join us as the keynote for the event.

The businesses that took part in TechInvest HealthTech

Judging Panel for Event 3: HealthTech

The judging panel that selected our group of leading HealthTech businesses from across the UK includes:

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Omar Daniel
Founder & Partner – Harbr

Pam Garside

Pam Garside
Partner – Newhealth, Chair – Cambridge Angels, Fellow – Judge Business School University of Cambridge

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Kevin Kiely
Group Chief Executive  – Medilink UK

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Zickie Lim
Partner – Mills & Reeve

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Nathan McNally
Co-Founder / COO / Programme Director – P4 Precision Medicine Accelerator

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Amir Rizwan
Impact Investor – Macmillan Cancer Support

Event 2: FinTech Spotlight

The second event in this latest series focused on FinTech and took place on Wednesday 13th December at PwC’s Embankment offices. Working with an expert panel of judges, we identified 10 innovators from across the sector to take to the stage and present their investment opportunities.

Investors were invited to join us to hear 5-minute pitches from a group of leading regional FinTech entrepreneurs. Each of the presenting businesses is seeking investment in the range of £250k-3m and represent exceptional tech talent from across the UK’s FinTech sector.

The businesses that took part in TechInvest FinTech

Judging Panel for Event 2: FinTech

The judging panel that selected our group of leading FinTech businesses from across the UK includes:

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Chris Adelsbach
Founding Partner – Outrun Ventures

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Nicole Van Allen 
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Zara Ryan
Fintech Investor – Blackfin

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Matt Lawson
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Gemma Livermore

Gemma Livermore
Founder –
Women of FinTech

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Becky Lodge
Angel Investor / Little Kanga Ltd

Event 1: AI Spotlight

The first event in the series took place in-person on Tuesday 3rd October in London at Barclays Media Centre Moorgate and focused in on leading regional entrepreneurs developing innovative AI applications or products. Working with an expert panel of judges, we selected 10 innovators from across the sector to take to the stage and present their investment opportunities.

Investors joined us at Barclays Media Centre Moorgate to hear 5-minute pitches from 10 fantastic regional tech entrepreneurs, followed by networking over drinks and canapes. Each of the presenting businesses are seeking investment in the range of £250k-3m and represent outstanding tech talent from across the UK’s AI sector. We were delighted to be joined by British Business Bank’s Chief Finance Officer, David Hourican, as the keynote speaker for the showcase.

Judging Panel for Event 1: AI

Our judging panel consisted of a range of investors and experts focused on AI

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Babita Devi
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Asha Easton
Immerse UK Lead,
KTN

Zoë Reich
Fund Manager – Deep Tech,
Octopus Ventures

The businesses that took park TechInvest AI:

Event 1: South West Spotlight

Hosted by CMS London, the first event in the series featured 10 tech entrepreneurs from the South West. These businesses were selected out of a pool of nearly 80 applications spanning the region. 

In addition to hearing from the 10 tech innovators, we welcomed Louis Taylor, CEO of BBB to deliver the keynote and share why this is such an important programme. 

We were also delighted to hear from CMS Partner, Hannah Curtis who welcomed our investors and presenting businesses and provided background on their unique equIP programme  – a programme the works with start-ups in the technology sector to support their growth.

The presenting businesses represented a strong cross-section of tech sectors and highlighted the tremendous strength of the South West. From Health Tech to Clean Tech, FinTech and much more, it was a brilliant demonstration of the opportunities for investment in the region.

The panel of judges for our first event

We worked with an expert judging panel to help pinpoint the best of the best to take centre stage at the event.

Charlotte Barttelot
Principal
MMC Ventures

Ben Cooper
NED, Angel Investor, Director
Tech South West

Julie Silvester

Julie Silvester
Managing Director, Fund Management
FSE Group

Ned Dorbin
Head of South West & Wales
BGF

 

The South West-based businesses that took part

Presented in Partnership

UKBAA is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 650 members that collectively deploy in excess of £2bn per annum.

Our members include angel groups, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity investment platforms, family offices, universities and accelerators. We are a not-for-profit organisation, run by and for our members.

The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.

Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, British Business Bank is delivering greater volume and choice of finance.

 

Supported by a Leading Investment Community

TechInvest: Investing across the UK is an extension of the Mayor of London’s TechInvest programme, which UKBAA created and delivered. This new iteration of the programme is moving outside of London and spotlighting founders across the UK. 

A key part of the TechInvest programme is working with industry-leading investors who act as judges to help pinpoint the best of the best when it comes to innovative businesses. Throughout the tenure of the programme, we have worked with over 90 judges from a host of leading organisations and investment groups.

See some of the groups and organisations that have been part of the judging panels.