underrepresented entrepreneurs

£100K - £2.5M

investment rounds


month programme

Application Deadline >> 23rd Sept 2019


The Pioneer Programme is a light touch,  investment readiness programme for underrepresented entrepreneurs, comprising of 2 parts. Pioneer Circles for founders who have previously raised and Pioneer Workshops for first time raisers.
The aim of this activity is to assist London based underrepresented tech founders to reach a credible position to raise seed and series A stage funding (£100k – £2.5M).
We will leverage our connections within the London Investment scene to introduce founders to and set up meetings with early stage VC and angel investors in the relevant sectors.
We are free for founders to take part in all we ask for is founders who are driven with a strong product and keen to make the most of the advice and opportunities provided on the programme.

Pioneer Circles

Pioneer Circles are peer-to-peer accountability groups for underrepresented entrepreneurs raising pre-seed to super-seed funding.
The aim of the circles are to facilitate the matching of similar stage founders who share a common goal, brokerage with the investment community and collaborative problem solving through community.
The groups will be facilitated by a OneTech EIR or a mentor in our network.

Pioneer Workshops

Over the course of the 2 weeks, founders will take part in a series of workshops to help prepare them for the office hours sessions with investors. These workshops will :
Introduce founders to the London scene and the investors working here.
Investment master classes to go over the different approaches to investment.
Teaser Deck and pitch deck preparation to equip founders with the information they need.
Presentation and communication sessions to go over how to communicate with investors.

The Startups

Key Dates

16/09/19 – Startups selected
23/09/19Pioneer Circle Start
02/10/19Pioneer Workshop Start
  • 02/10/19 – Introduction to Ecosystem Workshop
  • 03/10/19 – Pitch Doctor Workshop
  • 09/10/19 – Investment Masterclass Workshop
  • 10/10/19 – Pitch Practice
21/10/19 – Office Hours

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