19th February 2021
The East Midlands stills lags behind in attracting alternative private sector investment into our SMEs so turning the dial on increasing the levels of equity and debt finance to our businesses remains a key component of achieving our growth ambitions.
Delivered by Innovate UK Edge, Pitchfest provides an opportunity for our most ambitious and innovative growth companies to hone their pitch so they are ready for investment. The programme is looking for SMEs with international ambition and looking to raise £500k plus of investment. If successful, the programme will then provide the support and training required before providing a platform to pitch to a prestigious panel of investors.
Frank Horsley, D2N2 Head of Business & Innovation, said:
"We are committed to working with British Business Bank and local partners to improve access to finance across the region. Grants alone won’t make the shift we need and the continuing success of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund demonstrates that we have the businesses with the ambition to grow. We need to make D2N2 a region that excites investors and Pitchfest is an excellent opportunity for our high growth companies to demonstrate their potential with the support needed to open up new channels of finance to meet their ambitions”.
The deadline for applications is 11th March 2021 with the Midlands Pitchfest taking place in April/ May.
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