Pitchfest 2017 Autumn Edition – Applications Now Open

We are now accepting applications for the Pitchfest 2017 Autumn cohort of ambitious companies with innovative products & services who have the potential to scale or who are already scaling, and are looking to raise between £100k – £1m.

Delivered by Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and held at St John’s Innovation Centre, Pitchfest 2017 is a highly-focused training and investor showcase designed to help ambitious business founders develop the necessary skills to become pitch ready.

Pitchfest culminates with Investor Showcase Day where 15 selected companies pitch their business ideas to the UK and international investors with ample of networking available to allow a deeper conversation about their ventures.

Pitchfest 2017 Autumn Edition Dates:
6th November 2017 – Training Day 1*
15th November 2017 – Training Day 2*
30th November 2017 – Selection Day
6th December 2017 – Investor Day

*Please note: It is the programme requirement to attend both training days.

Companies may also bypass the training phase and go straight to the Selection stage.

To REGISTER your interest in participating in this event via email to Anna Nadolna anadolna@stjohns.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

We encourage you to join the conversation about Pitchfest 2017 on Twitter, using the #PitchReady17 hashtag

Meet the Trainers

Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance, The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
Ian is responsible for growing and developing KTN’s strategies for assisting innovative companies through the application and raising of finance – lending, grants, or equity based. The team delivers the Venturefest network, a Pitchfest network and works with several early stage investors in preparing companies for investment. Ian is the Secretary-General of HEPTech network at CERN. Formerly he was Head of Entrepreneurship at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, where he also co-created the UK Innovation Forum, to find the management required by UK research institutions to fill posts in their spinouts, or otherwise participate in the commercialisation of new technologies. He started his career at BT Research Labs, in Martlesham.

Emma Fadlon, KTM, Access to Funding and Finance, The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

As a member of the Access to Finance and Funding team, Emma supports KTN’s early stage investment activities, including investment readiness and pitch training programmes. She helps companies to evaluate their business, commercial and to-market plans and links them into the relevant support, funding and investment networks. With a PhD in tumour immunology, Emma’s background encompasses a range of health applications, including vaccines, medical devices, and mental health programmes. Prior to joining KTN, she was Head of Business Development at The Pirbright Institute.

Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network is designed to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed in the European marketplace through technology transfer or by finding new customers, suppliers or commercial partners. In partnership with Exemplas Holdings Ltd, St John’s Innovation Centre can give you free access to the world’s largest business network, helping you make the right connections and supporting companies to develop their business internationally. For more information, please visit www.enterprise-europe.co.uk

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s Innovation Network. Established to foster better collaboration between science, creativity and business, KTN has specialist teams covering all sectors of the economy – from defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. KTN has helped thousands of businesses secure funding to drive innovation. For more information, please visit www.ktn-uk.co.uk