Conduit Partners is giving the chance for start-up and early-stage cleantech businesses to pitch to equity investors in a sophisticated investment forum.
If you’ve been following Dragons Den, you may believe that pitching to a room full of investors involves quaking in your boots in front of a panel of multi-millionaires who dismantle your dream and send you packing. We can’t promise the investors at our investment forum won’t give the entrepreneurs a tough time, because investors need to do their due diligence and understand how they can add value to the business and when they’ll receive a return on their investment. But what we can assure you is that they’re looking for quality investment opportunities.
What makes this investment forum different is the level of commercial preparation compared with many of the entrepreneurs in the Den. I was amazed by the range of innovations presented for investment this series. There were great ideas with no commercial plan whatsoever; wacky ideas that people may buy as a one-off but created no consumer need at all; and products that needed more work and fine-tuning than the dragons were prepared to deliver.
But what truly astounded me was the astonishing lack of preparation from many of the company owners in Dragons’ Den. They didn’t know figures, projections or costs, and they couldn’t even articulate their value proposition. Not a great way of convincing the dragons to invest.
In contrast, the five companies pitching at the Conduit Partners investment forum in central London this autumn have been primed and prepared for investment by taking part in the Carbon Trust Entrepreneurs Fast Track (EFT) programme.
Working with Conduit Partners, which is an EFT partner, the entrepreneurs have benefited from professional advice on how to prepare for market, develop an investable business plan and commercialise their products or services. They’ve had expert input on their market positioning, their value proposition, their sales pipeline and their team structure – and, most importantly, how to communicate to investors what a valuable investment opportunity they are offering.
We’ll be revealing more information about the Conduit Partners investment forum, and who’s taking part, over the coming weeks.
Whether you are an investor or early-stage business if you would like to register your interest in the Conduit Partners investment event, or if you’re a start-up business or early-stage cleantech venture looking for assistance from the EFT programme that may lead to investment, then we’d love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01235 831777.