By Max Clarke

Innovative and creative digital businesses based in East London’s ‘Tech City’ are taking up the opportunity today (Wednesday) to pitch for funding from leading venture capitalists, business angels and other potential investors.

The day long investor workshop, organised by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board as part of their Tech City Launchpad competition, will give forty digital and creative businesses the chance to pitch and network with the cream of London’s investment community.

“The Tech City Launchpad competition provides vital support to highly innovative small digital companies,” said Universities and Science Minister David Willetts. “The investment will give them the opportunity to grow and transform their exciting ideas for new digital products into reality.”

Eighteen of the companies have already been offered up to £100,000 funding for their ideas for new digital products from the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org) and this will be confirmed once they have secured private sector investment to match it.

The workshop is part of the Technology Strategy Board’s pilot Tech City Launchpad initiative, which attracted over 200 original ideas, submitted through two-minute video presentations, when it was launched in April 2011. Due to the excellent calibre of the investment-worthy proposals submitted, the Board recently increased the amount of funding available from £1 million to up to £2 million, enabling it to provide support in the form of grants to many more small companies and start-ups.

Tech City is home to some of the most creative and talented technology and digital entrepreneurs, who often have brilliant ideas but lack the resources to experiment,” commented Eric Van Der Kleij, CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation. “Together with the Technology Strategy Board we listened to the community to support them through this matched-funding grant and, judging by the quality of the 220+ applications, they didn't disappoint. By highlighting the talent at work in the area to investors, we showcase the thriving start-up scene in London and help further establish its reputation as one of Europe’s leading technology hubs.”

Over 40 companies were shortlisted and invited to submit full proposals and, following a thorough assessment, eighteen have been selected to receive up to £100,000 grant funding from the government, conditional on them attracting matching funding from investors such as business angels, venture capitalists and banks. However, as the Technology Strategy Board believes that all the shortlisted proposals are worthy of investment it has invited the companies who were not offered government funding an opportunity to pitch to the investors attending today’s funding workshop.

The applications that will receive up to £100,000 from the Technology Strategy Board are led by:
Adaptive Lab Limited, Bright Lights Intellectual Property Ltd, Clearer Partners Ltd, Contego London Ltd, Contentment, JobHero Ltd, Lambde Ltd, Magnolia Box Ltd, Makieworld, OEM Partnership Ltd, Redrawn Ltd, RIMOTA, Snap Fashion Ltd, Somethin’ Else, Stratus Transport Connections Ltd, The Workers (London) Ltd, unit9 and Unto This Last Ltd. Some of these companies have submitted applications on their own while others have project partners.


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