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How can we help you raise investment?

These are the three main support activities that we run. Read on to find out which opportunity fits your needs.

Quarterly Investment Briefing

The Quarterly Investment Briefing (QIB) is an event organised by TechSPARK as part of the Investment Activator Programme (IAP). This event is strictly for investors and those who enable investment directly (incubator managers, lawyers, accountants etc).

If you are a founder who is raising investment, you are invited to submit a one-page summary of your proposition (and optional pitch deck). We will share this with our community of 350 investors through our password-protected site. Please note that we don’t heavily vet the members of this community.

To include your proposition in the next event, please submit one-sided, one-page summary at least 48 hours before the next event by completing this short form.

The events in 2022 will take place on 24 March, 23 June, 15 September, 8 December. If you have any queries about the Quarterly Investment Briefing events, please contact briony@techspark.co

Silicon Gorge

The Silicon Gorge pitch competition happens twice a year and provides an opportunity to pitch to a room full of investors. This is a competitive process, we usually receive c. 70 applications and approximately 25 will be selected for the semi-finals and 12 selected for the final pitch event.

Who attends Silicon Gorge?

The audience at Silicon Gorge consists of a mixture of VCs, Angels and Network leaders. At each event we have a small panel to help bring out any extra details from the pitchers, and previous panellists include Jean de Fougerolles, Managing Partner at Ascension Ventures, Charles Grimsdale, Angel and Founder at Eden Ventures, Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager at Jenson Funding Partners, Simon Murdoch, Managing Partner at Episode 1, and Triin Linamagi, Co-Founder at Sie Ventures. 

Alumni of Silicon Gorge include Immersive Labs and Martin Bysh from Huboo, who have raised £68m and £60m in 2021 alone, plus many others who have raised millions since they pitched: Lettus Grow, KETS Quantum Security, Yellowdog, TravelLocal, Virti, Neighbourly to name just a few.

How to apply 

Applications for the Autumn 2022 edition will be open for 4 weeks – from August 16th to September 16th, and the Showcase will take place on the afternoon of the 10th November.

Applications for Spring 2023 will open in February 2023.

Companies applying must have a base anywhere in the South West from Cornwall, South Wales up to Cheltenham and across to Portsmouth and be looking for equity investment of between £100k & £3m. 

As part of Silicon Gorge, successful applicants will be able to take part in a free pitching workshop, as well as PR & marketing via the extensive TechSPARK platform and network.

To be alerted to applications opening contact abby@techspark.co or simply sign up to our newsletter here. 


PitchMe! allows startup founders the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced ‘pitch listeners’ in front of a small audience. After your 10 minute pitch, you will receive feedback, advice and questions to help you to hone both your ideas and your pitches!

Each session we have 3 founders pitching for up to 10 minutes each, followed by insight and advice from our panel of pitch listeners, which in the past have included a combination of, amongst others: the brilliant Richard Godfrey, of Rocketmakers fame, Pete Lockett, Head of Seed at Bristol Private Equity Club, Charly Patrick, Entrepreneur Development Manager at NatWest, Richard Spilsbury, from Linkstone Advisory & pitch expert Martin Barnes from Mountains of Imagination.

The Pitch Me! sessions are held online over a Wednesday lunchtime and the dates for 2022 are as follows : 12th Jan, 23rd Feb, 30th March, 27th April, 6th July, 3rd August, 14th Sept,  21st Sept (Cyber special), 28th Sept, 26th Oct and 7th Dec.

If you’d like to practise your pitch at one of these just email abby@techspark.co or fill out the contact/ registration form below and we’ll be in touch. If you’d like to attend as an audience member we publish these on our meetup group here.

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The Investment Activator Programme (IAP) supports companies and investors to increase the flow of equity investment in the South West.