Entrepreneurs invited to perfect pitch event

Ambitious entrepreneurs in Tayside and Aberdeen are being invited to get ‘pitch perfect and investor ready’ at two workshops organised by leading entrepreneurial support organisation Elevator.

Elevator, which works across Grampian and Tayside to help facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses, will provide tips and guidance on how to apply for the Scottish EDGE Fund.

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Both the Pitch Perfect – Scottish Edge Fund Application Workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 22 – at the Dalhousie Building, at the University of Dundee from 9.45am-noon, and in Aberdeen at The Hub, Bridge of Don, from 2.45-5pm.

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming innovative high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent, and it is offering businesses the chance to pitch for up to £150,000 in funding, with a total prize fund of £1.3 million available.

To date, 205 businesses have received the Scottish EDGE award, generating 641 Scottish jobs, producing an additional £31.8million in turnover, and receiving £28.36million in external investment as a result of the fund’s support.

The Tayside event is part of a week-long programme of free events featuring key speakers for Dundee Business Week, which this year coincides with the University of Dundee’s Enterprise Week.

Starting on Monday, February 20, Dundee Business Week is jointly hosted by Elevator, which helps facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses across Grampian and Tayside, and key partners Business Gateway, Dundee City Council, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, SCR Solutions, CeeD and the University of Dundee.

Nikki Mearns, Operations Manager, Business Gateway Dundee, said: “Dundee Business Week provides local entrepreneurs with a unique way to listen to industry experts, build long-lasting business relationships, and gain knowledge that will help their company stay ahead of the competition.

“Our region has a vibrant business community and we hope business owners will take the opportunity to attend events that have been designed specifically to help them thrive, regardless of size, sector, or markets.”

Alison Henderson, CEO Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, said that now, more than ever, the region’s economic growth rests on the future success of its businesses.

“We’re always keen to hold a high profile event during Dundee Business Week. Our members enjoy the focus that the week gives to events that help inspire & motivate, plus learn ways to improve their businesses and their people. We look forward to not only holding our own event, but participating in the others too.”

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