Pitch for six-figure sum investment LIVE in front of a panel of investors at Sheffield’s MADE16

Pitch for six-figure sum investment LIVE in front of a panel of investors at Sheffield’s MADE16

10 October 2016

Sheffield’s leading business event for entrepreneurs, MADE 16, is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for businesses to secure a six-figure investment on Tuesday 8 November.

This Year’s MADE 2016 Festival will see five crowdfunding finalists bid for cash by pitching to a panel of investment angels on the main stage at the Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield’s city centre.

Working in partnership, MADE 2016 and Crowdfunder will give every ticket-holder the opportunity to raise money, awareness and support for their business from this growing source of funding.

The five entrepreneurs that raise the most crowdfunding will receive expert coaching sessions to prepare for their live pitch which will close this year’s conference.

Entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes and types can get involved, all they need to do is purchase a MADE 2016 ticket, and from that point they'll be guided on how to submit their project to the Crowdfunder website.

Sheffield businesses can contact the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, responsible for delivering business support services to the city, on 0800 043552 for a discounted code for MADE 2016.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said: “The opportunity to win a £6 figure investment here in Sheffield is a fantastic incentive for local entrepreneurs and businesses wanting to connect with the city’s award winning business conference; MADE 2016.

“The event really does showcase Sheffield as a city that celebrates and supports entrepreneurs and business start-ups whilst connecting them to the much needed finance that early-stage businesses seek.”

Martin Avison, Founder of Angel Groups, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting MADE16 and the businesses looking for angel investment and support. We see this as a superb opportunity to help ambitious, high-growth companies. Over the years we have seen some truly inspiring businesses come from the region and look forward to supporting this initiative.”

Guy Hayler, Partnerships Manager at Crowdfunder, said: "Crowdfunder are very excited to be working in partnership with MADE festival and offering an exciting opportunity for businesses looking to start up and grow. The crowdfunder campaign has be designed to allow the crowd to validate ideas and deliver 5 really exciting businesses, on the path to success, to a panel of Angel investors! We are really looking forward to watching the Live final on 8th November"

Ranked one of the Top 10 Best Worldwide conferences for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.com, MADE provides meaningful, practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.

Now in its 6th year, MADE 2016  will include a full week of fringe events starting on Monday 7 November alongside a main conference (ticket required) to be held at The Sheffield Crucible Theatre on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. The conference will see industry experts, including Ian Livingstone one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, from around the globe speaking on subjects such as finance, technology, creative thinking, leadership and market development.

With top entrepreneurs from different sectors of business speaking at the main conference, ticket holders will learn all about their experience of selling internationally, how they challenged the most dominant players in the market and the various funding options available to small businesses.

Speakers will include Ian Livingstone who was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy by Wired in 2012 and Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation. The event will also see James Akrigg, head of Technology for Partners Microsoft speak and triple gold medal winning Paralympian, Hannah Cockroft plus several more.

If you’re looking for investment for your business, then this is a huge opportunity!  For more information and tickets visit: www.madefestival.com/investors-den