IOE and IT partners with investors body to host Dragon's Den-style trade technology pitch event

Fri 3 Sept 2021
Posted by: Noelle McElhatton
IOE News

The IOE&IT is joining forces with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to host a Dragon’s Den-style pitch event for companies supplying technologies that improve the UK’s international trade performance.

The Investing in Trade Innovation Showcase on 7 October from 5-8pm, taking place at Home Grown – the central London members club for entrepreneurial pioneers – will provide an opportunity for dynamic start-ups and scale-ups to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists.

The event will spotlight businesses that are focused on improving, modernising or revolutionising how the UK trades internationally.

Call for applicants

IOE&IT and UKBAA are looking to identify ground-breaking businesses creating significant changes to international trade.

The co-hosts are calling on firms to apply to attend the event, with applications being sought from firms that provide:

  • Innovative technology that simplifies or streamlines the logistics related to international trade
  • Solutions that simplify wider documentation
  • Solutions that promote and facilitate global trade between businesses
  • Digital tracking and management of freight and transport
  • Relevant InsurTech, FinTech and LegalTech solutions, eg smart contracts
  • Relevant EdTech solutions and platforms providing education, information, updates or latest guidance relating to trade
  • Applications of blockchain allowing for standardisation and cross-border coordination
  • Trade data providers
  • Solutions offering data related to sustainability and carbon offsetting
  • Platforms providing international supplier sourcing and price comparison


All businesses applying should be contributing to enabling the UK to remain a competitive player in international trade.

Those companies in the areas outlined above and that are currently raising investment, should apply to be part of the showcase by 10 September here.

Newspaper calls on government to have a ‘clearer strategy on trade technology’

An editorial in this morning’s CityAm, the free daily newspaper and website for London workers, states that a clear government strategy on technology is critical as new trade deals are being negotiated.

“Technology as it relates to international trade must be thought of seriously and separately, not merely lumped in with technology more broadly,” the op-ed piece argues.