Pitching for investment, giving presentations to win new contracts, outlining a new strategy to your staff – every business leader needs to pitch, and pitch well.

The Pitchfest strand at Venturefest gives you the opportunity to learn what makes a great pitch, and to see a whole range of real-life pitches take place.  Some will have real-life money at stake!

Pitch your Value

By definition, an innovative business start-up does not necessarily have a track record from which it can express its value.  This can be even harder without a market ready product or service offering.

Nonetheless, when pitching for investment, founders must do just that:  express the value of a business that has yet to start trading.

Researching the value of the total accessible market and specific addressable market, offers a foundation upon which to build.  Thereafter, the disciplined application of evaluation tools can help founders move toward a credible expression of value in a business with no trading history.

This interactive workshop will give you practical experience of both, using case study experience from an Elevator UK accelerated business; E-Bar Initiatives.  As an ambitious founder of a scalable business with international prospects, Sam Pettipher will share the approach he has taken to pitching the value of E-Bar’s innovative concept.

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Profit with Purpose – an Investor’s mindset

Why do investors put money into mission-led businesses?  This session, led by Social Investment Scotland, explores some of the myths and current trends in investment for impact, and features an interview with angel investor Duncan Skinner, chairman of Social Stuff.

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Pitchfest Challenge!

Ten early-stage, innovative, Scottish companies will go head-to-head in our Pitchfest Challenge. Sponsored by leading European patent and trade mark attorneys, Murgitroyd, pitching companies will have 60 seconds to convince the audience and a panel of business experts that they have the best pitch.

Ultimately, the audience will decide who takes away the prize package which includes £750 in cash and £750 in-kind, intellectual property services from Murgitroyd.

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One of Venturefest Scotland’s most enduringly popular features, Venturejam sees innovators of the future present present fresh ideas to solve real world challenges.

Delivered by Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, VentureJam 2017 is the official youth strand of Venturefest Scotland. Now in its third year, teams of young people have developed radical ideas that will aim to improve lives by disrupting the energy market; supporting the Scottish Government’s ambitious vision for the future of energy in Scotland to 2050, as laid down in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy

Facilitated by Allan Lindsay of Young Scot, this exciting, nail-biting session will see three finalist teams pitch their ideas to the audience and a panel of judges with the overall winning team securing a VIP one-to-one Q&A session with Scotland’s top entrepreneur, Chris van der Kuyl and a £500 investment prize sponsored by Social Investment Scotland.

Finalists include:

Girl Power: Mhairi Fraser (17), Daniella Damptey (15), Jude Campbell (16), Niamh Fraser (14) and Emmanuella Damptey (15)

Volts and Jolts: Gwyn Devoy (14), Mary Olaleye (15), Caitlin Ayres (15)

Fishing for Fusion: Mary-Jayne McNally (17), Nevin Pillai (16), Mhairi McCann (18), Susan Chen (17), Adnan Bakar (16)

The judging panel will include:

Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

Dr Duncan Booker, Group Manager – Sustainable Glasgow & Resilience, Glasgow City Council

Leona Seaton, Programme Director, Developing the Young Workforce, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Mark Irwin, Principal Officer – STEM, Glasgow City Council

Rachael Brown, CEO, Cultural Enterprise Office & Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Social Investment Scotland

VentureJam in 2017 is funded by Scottish Government, Sustainable Glasgow, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow and Social Investment Scotland and supported by a host of inspirational volunteer mentors from a range of sectors and disciplines.

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