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Raising Your First Seed Round

1st - 2nd November
East Croydon, London

Raising a first seed round is one of the most exciting milestones in the life of a startup. However, this challenge often comes with anxiety, unexpected hurdles and uncertainty. This intensive two-day innovation programme will give you the tools and knowledge to successfully raise your first round of investment.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Application closing date: 17th October 2023.

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This two-day programme connects startups with business mentors, a pitch coach, fellow startup founders and investors. Across the programme you will:   

  • Learn how to get your investment strategy right
  • Work on the content and the look and feel of your investment deck
  • Put together and practice an effective pitch
  • Learn all the tips and tricks on how to successfully raise investments
  • Pitch to investors and get feedback from them 

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To be eligible for selection you must be:  

  • Startup Founder, CEO or leadership role  
  • A business or founder operating in London  
  • Raising up to £500k in equity funding  
  • Available to attend the full programme  
  • Able to complete forms (in-line with our funding partner requirements)  

This BOOST programme will have a hybrid format: the first day will be entirely delivered online, whereas the second day will be delivered in person at the Central Research Laboratory in Hayes, West London.

Being able to discuss different ideas with peers and experienced mentors, and gain a different perspective from people that are not necessarily from the same field as you; getting those different types of questions really makes you think how to approach design.
Rosalia Rodriguez
Product Lead

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The people I have met here make it a dream coming in a few times a week! I don't see myself being able to go back to working from home the same way I did before coming to Plus X Innovation, I don't think I could leave the sense of community behind. It really is something everyone who is working from home should try!

Benjamin Plumpton
Unlimited Member
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Central Research Laboratory has contributed to our journey in many ways: access to a network, manufacturing, procurement services, and workshop facilities. CRL enables us to feel like a slightly bigger company than we would otherwise be if left to our own devices. Being here at CRL as a cohort member, makes it feel a lot more real and plugged in into the ecosystem.

Florian Richter
Accelerator alumni
Studio office member
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Besides the workshop facilities, the best thing about working in the Brighton hub has got to be being able to collaborate with people in the same building as you. The variety of expertise and experience in the building is awesome.

Dave Lock
Technical Director
Resident desk member
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Through my time at Plus X Innovation my business has turned from a student project into a registered R&D company. My favourite thing about being at Plus X Brighton is having a mini family in the office and a beautiful space to be the best you and make the best connections.

Lucy Hughes
Accelerator alumni
Resident desk member
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We could not be in a better place to grow as a company. We get amazing support from the Plus X Innovation staff, plus collaboration opportunities with the other inspiring residents and companies. We feel like we’re living in the future of workplaces in the present and that is pretty damn cool.

Marc Convey
Studio office member

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Programme features

Nail your investment strategy
Cover the A-Z of investment strategy through tailored advice from seasoned specialists
Perfect your pitch
Work on your pitch deck and perfect your presentation skills with our expert pitch coach
Pitch to investors
Pitch to our investor network to receive honest feedback and make new connections

Guest Speakers

- Adam Davies - CEO, Investrum
- Ginny Radmall - CEO, The Ivy Way
- Richard Potter - Director of Strategy and Value Communication, KPMG

Funding Details

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit

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