Investment Readiness 101

Nottingham Trent University and the Knowledge Transfer Network present investment readiness.

what kind of investment is right for your business, and what needs to be prepared to be pitch-ready. 


Wednesday 3rd October 9.30am - 4.00pm At think, Nottingham
Thursday 18th October 9.30am - 4.00pm at QuAD, Derby


Investment ReadinessBusinesses that attend Investment Readiness 101 will be automatically booked onto the subsequent Pitch Critique session and will receive one-to-one mentoring.

Day 1 - Investment Readiness 101


Join the Knowledge Transfer Network to find out what kind of investment is right for you, and what needs to be prepared to be pitch-ready. The day will cover the investment ecosystem; including what investors look for, a toolkit for developing and delivering an investment deck and how to find investors.

Investment Readiness 101 will be delivered by Charlotte Thompson, Knowledge Transfer Manager | Access to Funding & Finance | KTN.

You will:

  • develop and practice a 30 second personal pitch
  • develop and practice a 7 minute pitch for your investment opportunity
  • understand the different types of funding available
  • learn about the structure and content of a pitch
  • find out how to value your business
  • understand better the investors perspective
  • learn what to expect at due diligence (from a friendly investor).


Interim Mentoring

All attendees are offered an optional 1:1 call with the Access to Funding & Finance team at the Knowledge Transfer Network, or with The Big House Digital Business Advisors, so they can practice their pitch and receive feedback.




Day 2 - Pitch Critique

This second session provides the opportunity for participants to refine their 7-minute pitches by presenting to the group and getting both peer feedback and constructive criticism from the Knowledge Transfer Network. Expect to:

  • refresh your ideas from Investment Readiness 101 session
  • trial your 7-minute pitch to the group
  • receive professional and peer feedback.

Pitch Critique will be facilitated by KTN's Knowledge Transfer Managers Andy Curtis and Charlotte Thompson for digital economy and funding and finance.


Investment Readiness series

Nottingham Trent University and the Knowledge Transfer Network jointly present this programme to better prepare companies to present their proposition to the investment community and to know what to expect when raising money.

The programme schedule allows companies to prepare and practise their investment pitches between sessions. This series is for tech businesses in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire that are already trading and starting to seek investment for their potential growth. Join us for:

This series is for small or medium businesses with a significant focus on digital technology within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please check the definitions or contact the team at or on 0115 848 4297.


About The Big House & The Knowledge Transfer Network

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, The Big House project, provides free support for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire-based creative and digital businesses.

The Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK’s network partner and also provides innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth.