In Search of Funding & SG DAO Startups Pitch Battle

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 4:00 – 6:30 PM UTC

Navigating the Funding Ecosystem in the North. SG DAO announcement, Startups Pitch Battle and networking drinks with investors.

In-person event
Pitch Battle

About this event

We're excited to invite you to an event that can help you get closer to investment! 

If you're planning on raising investment capital for your startup, but don't know where to begin or have some specific questions and want to get answers from a seasoned expert,  this is the event for you.

We have invited Mel Ellyard, Principal Sure Valley Ventures, an expert in this field to share her first-hand experience. You will get an overview of the North’s funding environment and guidance on raising funding.

The event will feature an announcement of SG DAO followed by a startup pitch battle and networking drinks with other founders, growth advisors, VCs and angels in attendance.  

We're currently on the lookout for the best startups and scaleups to represent the region in our SG Europe and SG Global conferences so make sure to join the event! 

Startups interested in taking part in the pitch battle 🎀 , please apply here

🎯 Pitch in front of judges and investors πŸ’΅

🎯 Have the chance to get yourself a step closer to securing the place at SG DAO programme - $100K funding if accepted for 5% on a post-money SAFE πŸ’²

🎯 Get selected as one of potential startup/scaleup delegates from Leeds to Startup Grind's Global 2023 in Silicon Valley ✈️

🎯 Hone your pitch, get feedback from the judges  πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ½ 

🎯 Get your startup more exposure πŸ“£

The event is supported by Barclays Eagle Labs and Avenue HQ who provide the space and catering for our community.  

It is Startup Grind's first pitch battle in Leeds and we are providing complimentary tickets for everyone to attend. 

Please note, the rail strikes might prevent the train travel but we will be there!

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Check out what happened


  • Mel Ellyard

    Sure Valley Ventures



  • Mel Ellyard

    Sure Valley Ventures


  • Patrycja Maksymowicz

    Open Solutions Global / London Business Academy


  • Chris Winn

    Barclays Eagle Labs

    Ecosystem Manager, Leeds

  • Colin Glass OBE


    Startup Mentor and Consultant



Wednesday, July 27, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM UTC

Venue map


4:00 PMWelcome
4:10 PMIn search for funding
4:45 PMStartups Pitch Battle
5:15 PMNetworking
6:30 PMClose


  • Patrycja Maksymowicz

    Open Solutions Global

    Chapter Director

  • Christopher Rabbitt

    Startup Grind Leeds


  • Hamish Rutherford


    Partnerships Executive

  • Mayla Santiago

    Startup Ambassador

  • Felix Gyamera