We are happy to release the recordings of Scale-up Champions’ second Investment Ready Demo Day, held on 1 June 2021. The event was organized in collaboration with Wolves Summit, and it brought together a wide range of key influencers from the global tech ecosystem, including more than 50 investors, venture capitalists, business angels, advisors, and corporate professionals, and around 30 investment-ready startups.
The first part of the event comprised an insightful startup pitching session, where 16 deep-technology startups presented their ground-breaking projects. This edition of the pitching contest had a surprising outcome: there were two winners!
Both entities were awarded a fast track to the Wolves Summit Conference Great Pitch Contest on 19-21 October 2021!
You can watch all the startup pitches in this video:
After the pitching session, inspiring speakers from different investment entities held a panel discussion: Why deep-tech startups are worth investing in?
Maciej Małysz, from Innovo Venture Partners, Diana Koziarska from SMOK Ventures, Dr Marcus Erken from Sunfish Partners, and three of Scale-up Champions’ mentors and investors Jakob Mikkel Hansen, Inga Uus and Martin Gorosko shared their experience supporting startups and scaleups in the deep-tech sector.
First, the panellists dug into what is understood as deep-tech and what are the main differentiating factors between startups in this sector and others. Then, they discussed different investment approaches and strategies, the importance of having a match between the team, the product and the market to have a successful business and achieve investment, and the most revolutionary sectors where they believe disruption will happen.
Last, but not least, they concluded the session with a set of key tips for startups seeking to scale up and looking for funding and investment.
The second Demo Day put the finishing touch with the Business Mixer, a virtual matchmaking that provided the participating startups and investors with the opportunity to meet one-on-one, opening doors for new deals and business connections.
We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in this event and helped us to bring connections in the deep-tech startup ecosystem to an unparalleled level! Stay tuned for our third Investment Readiness Programme, which will open a new round for applications in the second half of July, increasing the fundraising capacity of deep-tech startups and connecting entrepreneurs, corporates, mentors and investors from different countries to unlock the full potential of the European ecosystem!