Manchester Start-Up/SME Challenge

Exclusively for Digital City Festival 2020, MIDAS – Manchester’s inward investment agency, the Department for International Trade and Business Growth Hub have teamed up to invite a range of innovative start-ups and SMEs from Greater Manchester and across the world to pitch their products and services to an expert panel of Manchester-based businesses and investors.

These sessions are free for all #DCF2020 delegates to attend and watch the action live! Multiple sessions will take place so once you’re registered, feel to drop in and out throughout the day.

09:30-10:00 – Arrival drinks and networking
– Pitch to the Buyers – Session One

13:00-13:30 – Arrival drinks and networking
13:30-14:30 – Pitch to the Buyers – Session Two

14:30-15:00 – Arrival drinks and networking
15:00-16:00 – Pitch to the Investors

Pitch to the Buyers

Some of Manchester’s most successful companies face challenges that hinder them in reaching business objectives – from delivering outstanding customer service to reducing their carbon footprint. The companies we’ve partnered with – our ‘dragons’ – recognise that these challenges provide opportunities for innovation and want to work with pioneering small companies to improve their products and services.

Pitch to the Investors

There are a number of different investment options available to help small-medium sized companies fuel their growth in Manchester, from grants and loans to angel investment and venture capital.  In this session, start-ups and SMEs from across the world will pitch to a panel of expert, Manchester-based investment professionals, who will share their knowledge and experience about what’s needed to secure that all important financial backing and accelerate their company’s growth.


This event is part of the Digital City Festival Fringe programme. All Digital City Festival Fringe Events are independently run and funded – for any queries contact [email protected]

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Date & Time
Thursday 12th March
09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Cobden 3, Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX

Manchester Start-Up/SME Challenge

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