Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to present Bristol’s own Dragon’s Den style Pitch Pit at Big Tent Festival

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Big Tent Ideas Festival – 11th June Queen Square, Bristol – will provide a business boost for some of the region’s young companies and entrepreneurs. The Pitch Pit Tent will host a series of sessions, introduced by Kwasi Kwarteng, Cabinet Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which will leave a legacy of support for individual organisations as well as giving the business community in Bristol the opportunity to tell Westminster what they need to thrive.

Minister Kwasi Kwarteng will introduce the Pitch Pit itself where Bristol and West of England  based start-ups will pitch their business to the Big Tent Angels, looking for both mentoring and investment. The Angels, investment specialists from large and prestigious investment organisations include Andy Rice, Founder  of Adjuvo, Tilly McAuliffe, Director of Think Publishing Ltd, Tim Barnes, Founder of The Rain Gods, Hadley Diest,  Investment Manager at Ascension Venture Capital and Matt Cooper, Chairman of Octopus Capital. As in a similar TV programme, the Angels will have the opportunity to question the entrepreneurs in more depth before deciding if and how much time and money to invest.

Following the Pitch Pit, George Freeman MP, Minister for Science and Innovation and Darren Jones MP, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee at Westminster will be taking part in a special Q & A session. The audience will be able to ask the panelists about their own party’s business policies and to explain what they they themselves need to thrive. This will be the perfect opportunity for local businesses to explain what politics needs to provide – for their own industry and region.

The Pitch Pit sessions will be followed by networking drinks for speakers and members of the audience.

The business-oriented Pitch Pit is one of four tents at the Big Tent Ideas Festival in Queen Square,  Bristol. 11th June. Other sessions will discuss the drive to net zero, a more equitable society, better public services and how new media is driving new conversations. Other big names attending the festival include Shadow Ministers Stephen Kinnock MP and Anneliese Dodds MP, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP, Emma Cherniavsky, CEO UNHCR (UK), Ex Head of Twitter (Europe) Bruce Daisley and founder of Prospect Magazine, David Goodhart.

Tickets for the festival are available here

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