Twelve innovative tech and digital startups from the South West and Wales pitched to investors at the Silicon Gorge final this month, including three SETsquared Bristol companies.
Silicon Gorge is a major investment event in the South West, with startups selected through a three-stage selection process by experienced network and investor judges, as part of the Investment Activator Programme led by regional tech cluster organisation TechSPARK.
SETsquared Bristol pitching companies were Inclued, a software startup that helps content creators identify bias, Spacebands, creators of software and wearable technology for workplace safety, and Moropo, a no-code mobile app testing platform.
Tom Riglar, CEO and Co-founder of Moropo, said:
“Silicon Gorge was an excellent experience – Moropo has benefitted directly from the quality ecosystem connections made and productive, insightful feedback.”
Marty Reid, Director at SETsquared Bristol, said:
“It’s always inspiring to see quality pitches and a wonderful range of tech and creative innovation at Silicon Gorge. The companies on show were definitely in the right place to attract the funding for the next stage of their growth and we look forward to hearing about their progress following the event.”
The showcase took place at Huboo’s Bristol offices as part of a wider Investor Day, providing an ideal networking opportunity for those looking to raise. Huboo’s Founder, Martin Bysh, was one of the first Silicon Gorge pitchers back in 2015 – they’ve since achieved a phenomenal growth trajectory, raising £60m last year and on the path to unicorn status.
Silicon Gorge returns in the new year, with applications opening on 23 February 2023.
If you are looking for opportunities to invest in novel tech startups, please get in touch.
About the Investor Activator Programme:
The Investment Activator Programme helps catalyse investment into fast-growing startups in the West of England. The Investment Activator Programme is run by TechSPARK and is kindly sponsored by TLT LLP, delaware, Smith & Williamson, West of England Combined Authority, UWE, Sanderson, Rocketmakers and Engine Shed.
Photography credit to Jon Craig