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Mercia launches start-up competition for Life Sciences sector

UK-based technology investor Mercia Fund Management (MFM) has launched its quarterly start-up competition, The Pitch, with the chance for the winner to receive GBP3000.

This quarter’s competition focuses on businesses within the Life Sciences sector.
Mercia is currently inviting applications from the life science sector, specifically biotechnology, medical devices and medical diagnostics.  Companies applying must be no older than two years-old, and will not have received EIS or VCT funding previously.
The finalists will pitch in person to the investment team at Mercia’s Midlands-based offices in Warwickshire at 4pm on Monday 1 June.
This is the second quarterly start-up business competition to be held by Mercia this year, with the first one aimed at Electronics & Hardware.  The quarterly competitions will have a rotating sector focus, based on Mercia’s four key investment areas: Life Sciences, Digital & E-commerce, Advanced Materials and Specialised Manufacturing, and Electronics & Hardware.
CEO Mark Payton (pictured) says: “We are delighted to be launching our second business plan competition, which will be focusing this quarter on start-ups in the Life Sciences sector.
“Mercia already has a wealth of expertise in this industry, particularly after the appointment of Peter Dines, founder of spinal and orthopaedic medical technology business Surgi C Group and distribution platform Newtech Ortho, this year.
“We look forward to being inspired by the pitches, and to further enhancing our links with start-ups and university spin-outs across the UK.”

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