Investment showcase for tech start-ups

London landmark The Shard plays host to 20 of the UK’€™s most promising tech start-ups in real life ‘Dragon’s Den’€™

More than 20 of the UK’s most promising technology start-ups bid for a collective £30m of investment in front of a live audience of investors at The Shard, London.

The 22nd floor of the iconic landmark was turned into a real life Dragon’s Den as SETsquared, a business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, held its annual investment showcase.

Businesses providing technological solutions for everything from wrinkles to democratic voting pitched in front of an audience of some 250+, including those from Mercia Fund Management and Eden Ventures.

The event also saw a number of significant announcements including the launch of a new £3.2m programme from SETsquared, HEFCE and Innovate UK to speed up the commercialisation of university research.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “There were some incredibly strong pitches and while investment does take time we have already seen some promising conversations taking place between SETsquared start-ups and investors. We’re looking forward to these developing over the coming months and hope to report even more success stories from our programme.”

Photo L-R: David Murgatroyd, TISICS Limited, Sarah De’Lacy, Centre Director, SETsquared Surrey, Nigel Bridges, SoftIron, David Bream, Centre Director, SETsquared Southampton