Pitching for Success

Pitching for Success

Are you looking for funding? Need business support? Would like to find a collaborator for your idea? Require skills to get the business off the ground?

If so, then why not look at the opportunity to pitch your need to the Venturefest audience as part of the Pitching for Success session in the Funding Stream.

What are we looking for?

We are not necessarily looking for investor ready companies, but those that have the ambition to become established businesses that will go on to seek funding or require support to grow their existing early stage business. You can be at the idea stage or newly formed; product or service orientated.

How do you enter?

Download, complete and return the application form before 5pm Wednesday 7th June.  Please see below a summary of the key dates.

As part of the application, you will be required to submit a brief one line overview of the company, plus a summary of who you are, what you do, market, competition, business model, investment amount if relevant, use of funds or what you are looking for from the pitch (details on the application form).

  • Closing date for applications – Wednesday 7th June
  • Successful companies notified and company profiles added to website –  Monday 12th June
  • Pitch training sessions – Friday 16th June
  • Ready for Venturefest on 21st June 2017

Successful applicants will be required to pay a small administration fee of £100 + VAT which includes your ticket to Venturefest Oxford for the day – entrance to all sessions, exhibition and networking areas, refreshments throughout the day (including lunch), breakfast session, evening drinks reception and shuttle bus service from Seacourt Park & Ride and Oxford Train Station.

The Funding Stream will provide a lively and informative arena with something for everyone who is interested in entrepreneurial innovation and funding a business at all the stages of its life.   Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals who may have the skills you are looking for.

The Funding Stream runs between 09:45 and 17:00.   There will be an opportunity to pitch either in the morning or afternoon ‘Pitching for Success’ session.  After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to select a winning company!

Each session will include a panel made up of professional Funding organisations; including speakers from Crowd investment (Peer2Peer, Equity, Loans), Venture Capital and Public Sector funding.  Each investor panel speaker will give an overview of what they look for when investing or funding a company followed by Q&A with the audience.

Pitching companies will also have the opportunity to win part of a prize package.  The audience will be provided with a voting system and will decide the best session winners.  The two session winners will be announced at 16:15 and will be able to pitch again to the audience, who will decide the overall winner on the day.

Total prize support package in excess of £10K.

As well as the live pitches and funder’s panel, the two sessions will conclude with networking in a designated area.  Companies from the two session will be available in this area and be available to network and have 1-2-1’s with Venturefest participants.

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