Considering investment to grow your business?

We help businesses understand and prepare for raising equity investment.


This Investment Readiness programme is uniquely delivered by experienced investment professionals with access to an extensive network of angel, venture capital and corporate investors.  




of supported companies that received offers have been successful.



in investment offers received*



of participants thought the workshops were useful.

Numbers are correct as of October 2022 / * £5.4m received in grants / other

Join the programme to get:

Support from experienced investors
Improved access to finance
To know what makes a successful investment proposal
An understanding of the importance of Intellectual Property to investors.
Opportunity to build and deliver a compelling pitch 
Insight into maximising your business value 
Investor introductions


Looking at your business from an investor’s viewpoint we will significantly increase your chances of securing investment 

Your journey

Everyone’s route through the programme is flexible and tailored to individual needs. 



Introduction to Equity Investment

This half-day workshop will give you multiple insights into the equity investment process and whether it is right for you.
Topics covered include: 

  • Types, sources and routes to funding  
  • What investors look for 
  • Finding the right investor 
  • Value of intellectual property  
  • The investment process  
  • Investment pitching


Preparing for Equity Investment

In progressing towards pitching and securing investment, this full-day invitation-only workshop takes a more detailed look into: 

  • Investable business models 
  • Deal drivers 
  • Why intellectual property (IP) is important 
  • Developing your pitch deck 
  • Investor tax incentives 




Pitching Practice

Regular opportunities to develop, practice and receive constructive feedback on your investment pitch in front of peers and experienced guest investors. 

  • Is your structure effective? Powerful and concise formats
  • Build a compelling case for investment in the language that investors connect with 
  • Safe environment with insightful feedback 

Individual Support

In-depth confidential consultations to help you with key aspects of your individual business ambitions. 

  • Support from experienced investors
  • Business Plan Feedback
  • Intellectual Property Review
  • Individual Business Modelling
  • Financial Cash-Flow and Forecasting Review
  • Valuation Guidance  
  • Technology Review   

Who is it for?

The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and therefore FREE for eligible  SMEs . 

Further details can be found on our eventbrite page, or contact us

Contact us

01772 89 5656

Greenbank Building – GR306,
University of Central Lancashire


Attending this course has given me great insight into how to lead my business. The key speakers deliver both a clear and knowledgeable understanding of the four corners of my business to focus on and make me the next big investment.
The team are really skilled at what they do and will help you identify what’s really important to convey and develop your key messages for potential investors.


We know what investors want and what they don’t want!