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Pitching event showcases region’s most promising startups

Pitching event showcases region’s most promising startups

On 23 October 2019, SETsquared Exeter welcomed a host of talented entrepreneurs to showcase some of the most promising upcoming startups across the region at Exeter Science Park.

Nine disruptive and cutting edge tech startups pitched to a select audience of investors and mentors.

The pitching event included companies using innovative AI, AR, Chatbot and Data Visualisation to revolutionise Local Government services, innovative recycling and rubbish services for businesses and bringing the subscription model to bicycle ownership, delivering five-minute presentations.  The audience and SETsquared Exeter team provided feedback and guidance to the entrepreneurs, helping them on the road to investment success.

The businesses who pitched in Exeter included:

  • Future Technology Resources Ltd (MagpieEducation): Inspiring STEM learning through the joy of creating.  Providing everything that you need to teach STEM & emerging technologies in your school.
  • Minviro Limited: Supporting mining companies on their journey to environmental sustainability
  • Agile Datum: a disruptive Data Sciences Company developing a highly innovative AI, AR, Chatbot and Data Visualisation platform to revolutionise Local Government services and the housing market.
  • RegenFARM Ltd: Farm design, simulation and management platform for promoting regenerative agriculture.
  • theBikeClub: Pay monthly kids bikes. Exchanged as they grow. Cut the waste out of family cycling and join the Bike Club. The largest fully flexible and sustainable bike sharing network in the UK.
  • Like to be: The effective, regular way for employers to find and engage with students online
  • MaxLLG is a UK SME seeking to revolutionise EMW (electromagnetic wave) simulators by addressing a major deficiency in current software models.
  • Binit Group Ltd: Binit  provides  brilliant  recycling  and  rubbish  services  to  businesses,  reducing  vehicle movements and cleaning up our streets at the same time. We can do more than just empty your bins, so why wouldn’t we?
  • Treeconomics: a social enterprise and works collaboratively with communities, academics and businesses to highlight the value of trees, forests and other green infrastructure.

The sessions will help prepare the start-ups as they get ready to pitch to more than 150 investors at this year’s Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase, to be held at the iconic One Great George Street in Central London by SETsquared next month.

Speaking of the event, Andrew Tapson, Portfolio Finance Director  said: “It was a particularly inspiring evening - so much to admire in the ideas and dedication of the entrepreneurs and their teams. Certainly a privilege to be part of the experience.”

During the session, the catering team from the Science Park Café showcased a stunning array of freshly prepared canapes and refreshments from locally sourced providers.

With bespoke entrepreneur training programmes and unrivalled access to a network of mentors, alumni, investors, corporate partners and the knowledge base of the five research intensive universities, SETsquared has supported over 4,000 UK high-tech start-ups since its inception, helping them raise more than £1.8bn of investment and creating £8.6 billion of economic impact to date – a figure which is set to rise to nearly £27 billion by 2030.

In the last year alone, more than 50 students, academics and entrepreneurs in Exeter have participated in SETsquared programmes, with member companies raising £33.2 million in investment between them.

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