Closing an investment round that provides the kind of capital injection fundamental to getting to the next stage is hard work, almost as hard as actually meeting backers in the first place.
Engaging in early dialogue, and building an ongoing relationship with angels, venture capitalists and later-stage funders can go a long way to speeding up the deal process when an entrepreneur decides that the right time to raise money has arrived.
As part of our maiden Tech Invest event last year, 25 of the most promising high-growth businesses spent the day presenting to a room of experienced technology investors.
The day provided a way to make first introductions, build on existing relationships and gain important feedback on each entrepreneur’s progress.
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This year Tech Invest is returning on Thursday 26 June when another crop of companies which have already raised between £250,000 and £5 million during the last two years will have 20 minutes to present and discuss growth plans.
On the back of our 2013 event, one company has joined the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), while two others have closed investment deals and another several are in deal negotiations.
For the first time, Tech Invest will also feature panel sessions with some of the most high-profile and prolific venture capital firms in the country.
The 25 companies which attended in 2013 were then featured in our UK Tech Innovators profile, where we went into more detail on the mobile, e-commerce, digital and cleantech businesses.
In a slight shake up from 2013, this year we’ve taken out the cleantech stream from Tech Invest and given it a separate event entirely. We recognised that new energy and cleantech investors are very specialised in what they do and needed a dedicated offering. The first Clean Invest event will in conduction with our annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards on 30 April.