Four entrepreneurial businesses enjoyed a pitching masterclass staged by IoD North Yorkshire and York Business School.
They pitched their ideas to a panel of some of the region’s top dealmakers who decided whether the entrepreneurs had done enough to secure an investment while offering feedback on their pitch.
The companies taking part were Labrador Studios, an indie game development studio; Gaist, an international roadscape and highways technology business; CNG Switch which helps businesses with their gas, electric and card processing needs; and Handle, which specialises in reprocessing beauty packaging waste.
The full-day event at York St John University, featured addresses from Bob Gammie, Dean of the Business School and Jon Geldart, IoD Director General.
They were followed by Dean Stoyanov, PwC who addressed how debt fits into financing a business and Paul Denvers, Enact SME Fund at Endless who explored how businesses go about raising money.
Paul was a member of the expert panel alongside Sarah Hex, Mercia Asset Management; James Whyman, PwC; Richard Firth, Park Place Corporate Finance; and Sam Smith, PEPTalks.
Caroline Pullich, Chair, IoD North Yorkshire, said: “The pitching masterclass proved invaluable to the entrepreneurs who took part, providing them with knowledge and experience to take away and use in future, hopefully successful, pitches.
“Our thanks go to York Business School for hosting the event, the event sponsors and all the experts who contributed to making it such a successful and valuable day.”
The event was held in partnership with PwC who offer business advisory services such as auditing, accounting, taxation, strategy management, and human resource consulting services.
James Whyman from PwC Raise | Ventures said: "It was great to be part of this fantastic event. We heard from some really interesting businesses which highlighted the extent to which the North is an entrepreneurial power. These events are really important to share knowledge, connect people and inspire others."
The event was also supported by Park Place Corporate Finance and PEPTalks.
"I was delighted to attend a recent Pitch Perfect event hosted by the IoD at York University Business School. The event brought together companies seeking investment and professional service firms with track record of investing. The IoD has been a bastion of support for business throughout its history, however the recent pitch perfect event highlighted how the IoD continues to evolve and support UK business by embracing diversity to meet the needs of modern high-growth companies. A thoroughly professional event led by the team at the IoD." said Nick Green, Fatgreen Consulting
Dan Martin, Adigi added "As a new member, I found the day well organised and insightful. It was a good mix of pitches and panel feedback to keep attendees engaged"