We’re delighted to announce that equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs, will be a partner of this year’s Pitch Tent: Business category, presented by Wavelength Ventures, where entrepreneurs and founders are being given the chance to live-pitch for investment.
From hundreds of applications, 10 finalists will pitch online to become one of 4 winners to pitch live to more than 30 of the world’s best impact investment funds and hundreds of Angel and Retail investors attending the Summit. All the investors have a passion for purpose-led businesses that can be a force for good in protecting our planet and its people.
As Europe’s leading online investment platform, Seedrs is a perfect fit as partners for this year’s expanded Pitch Tent format. The platform has overseen more than 1,700 successful campaigns for fast-growth and impact businesses, including wonky fruit rescue company Oddbox, sustainable tissue brand The Cheeky Panda, impact investing platform tickr and Urbantz, the last-mile sustainable delivery management platform. Joining Seedrs in the room will be hundreds of investors as well as of UK’s leading VCs including, Sustainable Ventures, Redrice, Active Partners, Vala, OnePlanetCapital, and Conduit to name a few.
Jeff Kelisky, Seedrs CEO said: “Startups with a mission to protect our planet for the greater good are seeing record-breaking investment figures. Last year, £2.3 billion was raised for these ventures, up £1.71 billion from 2020. The Blue Earth Summit gives the next generation of ESG-focussed ventures the opportunity to be seen by an impact investment community open and ready to support their growth. We are thrilled to be a partner for this important event.”
Guy Hayler, co-founder of the Blue Earth Summit and managing partner of Wavelength Ventures, says “It’s a big deal, the front three rows of The Pitch Tent Business audience will be packed with people ready to invest, and they want to see high growth and high impact businesses that will make the world a better place. This year, we have the ambition to facilitate £10 million worth of investment at the Summit”.
With the Pitch Tent sitting at the heart of the Blue Earth Summit, the process has been designed to break down traditional barriers to entry, recognising the lack of funding and sponsorship that currently goes to female and under-represented founders.
Keir Carnie, founder of Nuud Plastic Free Gum was one of the successful finalists last year and says “Last year we pitched Nuud plastic free gum at the Blue Earth Summit and we made some game changing connections that continue to support our growth. It was a great experience and I’d recommend it to any business looking for funding and advice. It’s excellent, whether you’re pitching or simply attending to mix with angels and investors. The UK has been crying out for an event like this!”.
Guy Hayler says “We want the Summit to be a space where the ideas and investment we help put together make a real difference in the world. We want to make a seismic difference to businesses and projects that put the wellbeing of people and planet first.”
Over the last two years, Wavelength Ventures – the organisation running The Pitch Tent at Blue Earth Summit – has raised over £80 million for more than 20 businesses, including most recently supporting outdoor brand, Finisterre, to raise £4.5 million.
Hayler continues “We bring in investors and sponsors who understand the urgent need to use business as a force for good and enable people and projects to do things differently for the planet and communities. It is where action speaks louder than words”.
Applications for the Pitch Tent: Business can be made here: https://blueearthsummit.com/the-pitch-tent/business/