Strong Line-Up of Start-Ups at Pitchfest 2016

St John’s Innovation Centre held the first training session for Pitchfest 2016, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Kirsten Masson discusses the Enterprise Europe Network programme and available business support for SMEs

Kirsten Masson discusses the Enterprise Europe Network programme and available business support for SMEs

The aim of the two-day training is to provide groups of early stage companies with guidance and practice on how to structure and deliver a brief pitch to potential investors. At the end of the programme, companies will be able to better prepare an investor pitch and be more confident in delivery of their ‘story’.

Pitchfest is delivered over three separate days. The culmination of the programme is the opportunity for the selected companies to present their pitches to UK’s leading investors and invited international entrepreneurs.

The KTN trainers, Ian Tracey and Emma Fadlon were joined on the day by the Enterprise Europe Network advisers based at St John’s, Kirsten Masson, Penny Lord and Claire Johnsen.

Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding & Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding & Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Twenty companies from the east of England region participated in a highly focused training session that covered different tools to develop pitch content, the value proposition model and the structure of a long pitch. The participants will be asked to present to present a 7 minute pitch during the second part of the training at the end of September.

Emma Fadlo, Early Stage Investment Archangel , discusses Value Proposition

Emma Fadlon, Early Stage Investment Archangel , discusses Value Proposition

“The first day of the training was top-class, a real fun, dynamic and hands on experience,” commented Kirsten Masson, the Enterprise Europe Network adviser based at St John’s Innovation Centre. “We are delighted to be working together with the KTN team and really enjoyed the wide spread of sectors from MedTech to 3D printing and IoT. We have also received fantastic feedback from participants.”