The Investment Catalyst
Delivered in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry
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The Investment Catalyst brings together the Royal Society of Chemistry’s growing network of chemical science start-ups and the UKBAA’s community of investors.
Chemistry-led innovation represents a broad and compelling opportunity area for early-stage investors as it is integral to a vast number of sectors, including life sciences, energy supply /generation, the automotive industry, construction, and consumer products. Angel investors come from many different walks of life and have a wide variety of sector interests, so chemical science start-ups can appeal to a very broad cross-section of this community.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 50,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe. They also support 300 businesses across the UK by providing networking opportunities, grants and funding support, and help with recruitment and business promotion. The partnership with UKBAA, the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, enables cutting edge startups from the RSC’s community to connect with an established group of investors.
“We at the Royal Society of Chemistry are dedicated to supporting innovative and ambitious chemistry-led SMEs. This partnership will be absolutely key to providing our growing entrepreneurial community with the access they need to the UK’s early-stage investment community.” Steve Pleasance, Head of Industry at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Taking place twice a year, the events are typically held at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters in Burlington House and is open to investors, funds & groups, including angel investors, syndicates and groups, individual investors, fund managers, and crowdfund managers.
Companies involved in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s EnterprisePlus Scheme and previous Emerging Technologies Competition finalists can apply to pitch at the event. The Royal Society of Chemistry & UKBAA will select the most promising to attend the event and the UKBAA will work closely with the companies to coach them for their pitch to investors.