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Tue, 16 Mar


Online Event

The New Different: Northern Start-up Showcase & Investment Forum

A showcase and investment forum to inspire and educate the entrepreneurs and investors of the future through specialist workshops.

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The New Different: Northern Start-up Showcase & Investment Forum
The New Different: Northern Start-up Showcase & Investment Forum

Time & Location

16 Mar 2021, 09:00 – 11:00 GMT

Online Event

About the event

About this Event

Since its inception, NorthInvest has been determined to support the growth of Northern-based early stage tech and digital start-ups by growing a diverse community of investors, sector specialists and fellow entrepreneurs to offer advice, insights and business support alongside investment.

As part of the West Yorkshire Innovation Festival, NorthInvest is hosting this showcase and investment forum event to inspire and educate the entrepreneurs and investors of the future, explore investment outlooks and insights, offer knowledge sharing sessions targeting entrepreneurs and investors interested in specific sectors, and showcase the best of Northern tech start-ups.

More information will be released closer to the event.

Agenda -

09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome & Introduction from NorthInvest

09:10 - 09:30 - Fireside chat: Investing in the North with Sara Davies MBE & Mark Casci

09:30 - 10:20 - Breakout rooms

  • How to save the world: Routes to market for MedTech start-ups

MedTech investors and stakeholders share insights of how to access the NHS as a market and what start-ups must do to prepare for engaging with the NHS.


Professor Gary Shuckford, Angel Investor

Mo Nazir

Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN

  • Motivated by Purpose: Impactful Philanthropy and Social Investment

This interactive session will look at the increasingly diverse philanthropy and social investment landscape and provide insights into how you can plan to use your wealth to benefit the wider community and causes dear to you. It will consider the differences between the increasingly broad range of terms used in this space and discuss how can you adopt a more strategic and planned approach to creating social impact.”


Russell Prior, Head of Family Governance & Family Enterprise Succession, HSBC Private Banking, UK

  • Tech the Good with the Bad: Investing in Tech for Good

NorthInvest funding partners and private investors come together to share their insights into investing in Tech for Good companies, why it’s important, and what investors look for. Benefits of investing in tech for good.


Check Warner, Founding Partner, Ada Ventures

Chris Parsons, Head of Enterprises Team, ClearlySo

Sutin Yang, Portfolio Manager, Social Tech Trust

  • 1 Year On: Learnings from FinTechs who fundraised in 2020

FinTech entrepreneurs who took part in NorthInvest & FinTech Investment Forum in January 2020 return to share their lessons of successfully fundraising in 2020.

Harjit Moore, CEO, Freeze Debt

Tia Patterson

Amy Whitell, CEO, Collctiv

10:20 - 10:30 - Comfort Break

10:30 - 10:50 - Interactive pitch event

Companies = Tred, Settld and Scuba Tx

10:50 - 11:00 - Pitch Event Winner Announcement & Event Round-up

11:00 - Event End

This event will take place using the Digital Leaders 'DigiLeaders' Virtual Conference Space at 9:00am on Tuesday 16th March

The Lounge will open at 08:30am for an 9:00am start. Please join using the link (TBA).

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About NorthInvest

NorthInvest is an investment non-profit and angel network based in Leeds and operating across the North of England. We facilitate equity investment and funding into early stage tech and digital start-ups based in the North through free investment readiness coaching and by providing curated deal opportunities to our member investors. To date, we have facilitated over £8m in equity rounds investment in over 20 Northern-based start-ups and delivered over 640 coaching sessions at no cost to start-ups.

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