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The Tiger’s Pen 2024 is coming….

Pitch for up to £10,000 Capital

Gain invaluable mentoring &

Win the ‘Wildcard Prize.’

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The Tiger’s Pen is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to experienced investors.

The Pen is designed for start-ups looking for investment, and for students at universities, Colleges or schools looking at concepts, ideas and starting their own businesses, to get free guidance from experienced directors who form the collective hub of The Tiger’s Pen, and can advise them in their entrepreneurial venture. This opportunity is for incredible energetic entrepreneurs to take the reins of their business.

Peer-to-Peer Opportunity

How to Pitch to Investors – Start-up Training Day for LTD companies

The Tiger's Pen Investors 2023

The Tiger’s Pen entry for Ltd businesses is FREE.

We offer a half day of training at our offices in Hove where we explain the process of the pitch deck, how to handle questions from investors, and evaluate you to get you ready to pitch. (Training Day only available for the Sussex Business Show Pitch.)

As part of your free training, you will also be given the opportunity to pitch live in front of investors at the Sussex Business Show where you’ll be able to pitch for up to £10,000 capital investment, mentoring and best pitch of the day in the wildcard prize. Your pitch deck training will take place four weeks before the main Show. So that you have ample time to prepare, and practice on your pitch for the main event showcase.

The Tiger’s Pen has two main events a year, one for startups to pitch for up to £10,000 capital, mentoring and access to further prizes at the Sussex Business Show, held in September, and the end of year event at the University of Brighton as a new partnership, business leaders will join Sonny Cutting, creator of The Tiger’s Pen with its collective hub of wisdom and wealth of experience, offering advice and a critical eye for the next generation of entrepreneurs at the University of Brighton.

The event at the University of Brighton in 2019 was the first student-focused Tiger’s Pen and has become a regular showcase for Business Management BSc (Hons) and International Business Management BSc (Hons) students at the university’s highly rated School of Business and Law, providing feedback from expert judges to help students refine their business plans – which will also be assessed and count towards their degrees.

The student event does not include monetary prizes, we do however offer 4 hours mentoring and lunch to the best pitch group at the university, worth over £1000, as time is money. Matt Turner, Andrew Stenning and Damien Burke have all agreed to meet with the winning students.

Investment Opportunity

Any business deal agreed at the Sussex Business Show is an unwritten agreement that depends on due diligence checks, and relies on the integrity of both investor and the start-up to freely enter the transaction and be fully committed to seeing it through. However, the deal is solely between the Tiger and the entrepreneur and after additional meetings, if an agreement cannot be reached, neither party is legally obliged to complete the deal.

Entrepreneur FAQ

Presentation Training

Your first instinct when you think about your company is probably to talk about your product or service – what makes it special, and how it is going to revolutionise the world. When talking to investors, however, it’s not about the product, it’s about how you are going to make money!

Handling Questions

When presenting your investment proposition try to think conservatively about the value of your company, it’s growth potential and the timeline to achieve this. Making a company successful is as much about the individuals driving the company as it is about having a great product and sufficient cashflow.

Pitching Support

Before you get into the details of your pitch, grab your audience’s attention with a summary of what you do and what you are looking for. This should be less than a minute long. Adapt and learn this and you can also use it as an “elevator pitch” to introduce your value proposition when meeting with investors for the frst time.