Access to Capital

Dragons Lair

Dragons Lair format promoted by Techcelerate allows both early stage technology companies as well as established companies to pitch for seed investment and growth capital respectively in an informal public setting.

Dragons Lair is arranged as two sessions, each session with up to four companies pitching to a panel of up to 4 investors made up of venture capitalists and/or angel investors. Each company is given 5 minutes to deliver a razor-sharp pitch and the investors have 10 mins to quiz the entrepreneur. Plenty of networking time is provided for the audience to interact with the pitching companies before the event start as well as after the event. Networking till early hours at a nearby bar is a usual feature of our events.

Past pitches for reference:

Following companies have sought from £50,000 to £2 million in the past: DataNovata, Image Alchemy,,, Ibexis, CompetitiveUrge, TalentOnView, FaceTec, Robotics, InstantTicketSeller, PostDox, RecycleLocal, TourDust, DCS, CaptivePortals,, Slicethepie, Siondo,, 15SecondTV, BitCoin, et al.

Past investor panelists included Michael Birch (Pro Founders Capital), Amin Amiri (A2E Venture Catalysts), Andrew Nutter (Balderton Capital), Ajaz Ahmed (Angel Investor), Michael Birch (Profounders Fund), Nic Brisbourne (DFJ Esprit), Steve Purdham (Angel Investor and CEO, Scott Fletcher (Angel Investor and Chairman ANS Group), Scott Livingston (Angel Investor), Roy Shelton (Drop Jaw Ventures), Andrew Burton (Viking Fund), Simon Howship (Angel Investor), Alex Stevenson (Aquarius Venture Partners), Daniel Waterhouse (Wellington Partners), et al

Disclaimer: No investment is made during the event, but most investors show their preference, and it is up to the pitching company to follow the investment interests post event. Techcelerate does not take a commission for any investment made. Pitching charges are typically £60+VAT for our Members and £80+VAT for Non Members. We hold the right to change the charges.