Every year at UPPSTART we hold an invite only event aimed at helping entrepreneurs and startups raising growth stage “scaleup” investment capital to gain the attention of investors in the tech startup space.
After many years of doing this, we have had many startups raise funding as a direct result, and every year at UPPSTART many startups attend specifically for this event.
Perhaps obviously due to the nature of the event we get a lot of people asking to take part, so here are a few pointers on who we put through.
To apply as a startup pitching at this event you need to:
– Be an actual growth stage startup. There are many definitions on this, ours is that you should be something something disruptive/innovative and have aggressive growth plans. Though consultancies/agencies are very welcome to attend UPPSTART, they are not included in our startup definition for this session. We also check that you are at the right stage. Typically you scaleup is already making significant revenue, has already raised significant investment (seed stage and beyond) and has product market fit. Typically you are preparing to scale up your team, operations and possibly into new markets.
– Be in tech. UPPSTART is a conference with the overall theme of technology startups so we normally always look for a strong tech angle within your business/idea for this session.
HOW TO APPLY?
For this session you apply when you register a ticket, telling us that you are an entrepreneur or pat of a startup and with to meet with investors. You can sign up for our free virtual conference here. If for some reason you signed up but weren’t prompted about this, contact us and we will gladly look into it for you.
If you are selected we will email you all the next steps along with what to prepare.
I DIDNT GET IN, WHAT NOW?
If you didn’t make it through this year, we’re sorry but since we have such a large number of applications for this and only limited time with the investors present on the day we only have a limited number of places to give away. Often we have to turn down really great businesses for this every year so please don’t assume we don’t think you have a good business/idea.
You can still get some great results from attending UPPSTART this year and if it’s investors you are looking for specifically, we suggest the following things you can still do (for free!):
– Attend the event and pay attention to all the Scaleup Stage content on our agenda. VC’s will be on stage whom you can chat in our session chat and ask questions so its a good way to build investor relationships. Again, its free, and we’ll have hundreds of investors taking part in our full programme, so it’s kindof a no-brainer!
– Attend our open matchmaking events throughout the day (see agenda for those). You can be paired with investors, or those with investor networks who might be able to make you introductions.