As a cluster, one of our core offerings is to support companies with funding options, including venture financing. Through our strategic activity and connections, we are reducing the time it takes for emergent SMEs to raise capital, and therefore speed up their innovation cycle.
This is enabled through our engagement with BBI-JU Horizon 2020 funded projects, one as an Ambassador of Bioeconomy Ventures and secondly as an Associate Cluster of MPowerBIO project who are fostering the venture ecosystem across Europe.
This year, on the 8th of June, we hosted a Bioeconomy Ventures fundraising pitch event at Ireland’s Sustainable Future 2022 conference in Tullamore. Six Irish start-up companies pitched their businesses to two European investors, Danny O’Brien from SVG Ventures | THRIVE Agtech and Peter Nieuwenhuizen from the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund. The pitching companies benefited by receiving feedback, advice and connections with the investors.
The Top 3 companies from the pitch workshop, Real Leaf Farm,MyGug and KnowCarbon, will now be fast-tracked to participate in an exclusive TechTour Bioeconomy Investment Event where they will have further exposure to the European investment community and engage on 1:1 meetings with investors, increasing their likelihood of financing.
Well done to all the companies who took part in the Bioeconomy Ventures workshop and congratulations to the Top 3 selected to go TechTour Bioeconomy!
Thanks to the work of the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation for linking these projects together to create further impact.
Images: Bioeconomy Ventures Pitch Event organised by CBCSW and Ireland’s Sustainable Future Conference 2022 organised by Bord na Mona and Resolve Partners