Inbound Investors is simply the largest ever influx of investors into NI. In 2019 the earlier form of this event attracted 40 VCs from the UK. With active senior level backing from our main sponsor, British Business Bank, we may double this number in October.
And a poll of potential attendees has shown over 80% feel comfortable to fly to Belfast this Autumn.
Catalyst is looking for companies to apply to potentially pitch and meet these funders on a matched basis. Suitable companies might be :
Tech companies raising or intending to raise £500k or more. Note you do not need to be raising right now
Early stage companies suitable for specialised SEIS funds ie typically tech looking to raise £150-£300k and ideally pre-approved for SEIS
Companies with significant revenue looking now or later for growth funding
The range of funders will be broad and will include generalist, specialist, early and later stage investors. They will be Venture Capital companies, syndicates, family offices, a few select angel investors and some specialist debt or venture debt companies.
Some will be keen to invest now, but many will be pleased to establish early relationships which will grow into investment over time.
To apply, fill in the form below and include a deck. At this stage this deck is purely for information for Catalyst staff and will not be shared with others.
Some companies will be selected to give short pitches and all successful applicants will have streamed and matched 1:1 meetings with investors. Summary information on successful companies will be shared in advance with all incoming investors.
To be clear, this will be a physical event, although it will likely be extended virtually with further funders who are interested but cannnot attend in person.
The requirements of companies applying are :
Meeting with Catalyst staff as part of the selection process
Preparation of a short pitch deck
Mandatory rehearsal for companies selected to pitch
Preparation of a one page summary in a standard format
Attendance at the events on 19th/20th October in Belfast
The Inbound Investors events are open to any NI company and is not limited to Catalyst tenants or companies on Catalyst programmes.
And to be clear, Catalyst offer this service to selected companies on a pro bono basis.
The objective is to help you to get a term sheet efficiently, within the timeframe you desire.
The deadline to apply is Friday 17th September.