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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Pitchfest

Event details
Monday, 16 January 2017
9:30 am – 16:30 pm
Put your business on the fast track to investment!

From January to March 2018 the Robotics & AI Special Interest Group with KTN’s Access to Funding and Finance team are running an Investment Readiness Programme for companies working in the field of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence.

Pitchfest is a pitching competition presenting a unique opportunity to raise the profile of early stage Robotics and Artificial Intelligence businesses in front of a national audience of investors.

It’s preceded by a dedicated Investor Readiness Programme which prepares companies for a rigorous selection step. The Investment Readiness Programme provides the skills for developing and presenting a strong business pitch to investors and possible business partners. This program targets companies looking to become investor ready, providing them with three days of training spread over a month. We will cover communication skills, and background information on the various types of funding, and insight into the investors perspective.

If selected, businesses are exposed to investment opportunities through a pitching competition where they are invited to present their ideas, pitch for investment and take part in a showcase event.

Expected outcomes

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’. Companies that are successful on the selection day will pitch to a national audience of investors.




16th and 17th January – 2 day Investment Readiness Programme Training – Sheffield

Day 1:
Developing and practice of 30 second pitch
30 second personal pitch, with feedback
Structure and content of a pitch
Worked example of a 7 minute pitch
Types of investment funding available

Day 2:
Insight into the investor perspective
Tools to help value your business
Due diligence presentation by an external provider (law firm, for example) to widen knowledge base of participants and bring an extra dimension to the programme
Set ‘homework’ of preparing a 7 minute pitch for delivery on pitch critique day


1st February – Pitch Practice – London

Companies deliver and refine their 7 minute pitch with the programme cohort.


1st March – Selection Day with Stakeholder Panel – London

Companies arrive for designated time to pitch to a panel of stakeholders including those from industry, a friendly investor and supporting organisations. Companies can be provided with a list of those sitting on the panel in the week running up to the selection day.


15th March – Showcase Day – London

Selected companies will present their 7 minute pitch to a group of investors.


The registration process

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY. 15 companies will be selected from interested registrants to attend the training event, practice event and Selection Day. The companies chosen to present at the Showcase Day will be selected from these 15 companies.

All registrants must be able to attend all four events.