Hasbro partners with 2Pears to launch TechPitch 4.5 PLAY
Hasbro, the global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, is teaming up with 2Pears, the team that creates opportunities and events to inform, educate and connect entrepreneurs, startups and investors in technology, to launch the new TechPitch 4.5 PLAY within the established TechPitch 4.5 series of events.
TechPitch 4.5 PLAY will take place as an evening pitching event on 22 November, 2016 at the offices of Irwin Mitchell in High Holborn. The winner receives a bottle of champagne as well as a meeting with Hasbro to discuss potential growth opportunities and cooperation, while any of the pitching participants may also be invited to have further discussions with Hasbro.
TechPitch 4.5 PLAY is founded on a cross-over perspective around the wider concept of “play”, and is open to tech startups developing technologies and platforms that can help create new play experiences. Ideas and interesting technologies are expected to come from a wide range of sectors, and applications will be encouraged from a variety industries such as music, sports, fashion, wearables, media, medical, and education.
TechPitch 4.5 PLAY will also explore existing technologies that cross-over in innovative ways from physical to digital to virtual to connected, as well as smart tech-enabled devices that could enhance a toy or a game experience, whether low tech/low cost or high cost/high tech.
Harry Botterill, head of global tech acquisition and open innovation, Hasbro, comments: “We are always actively on the look-out for innovative new businesses and technologies, and TechPitch 4.5 is a high-quality forum for discovering these and seeing them in action when presenting their ideas, business models and growth strategies. TechPitch 4.5 is a proven concept and an excellent platform for startups to gain exposure, network and learn in a friendly environment and amongst peers. All which makes a perfect fit with Hasbro’s interests and objectives, and we are delighted to partner with 2Pears to create a new TechPitch 4.5 PLAY with the aim to identify and showcase technologies that re-invent, re-imagine, and enable Play.”
Petra Johansson, co-founder of 2Pears says: “We have been running TechPitch 4.5 regularly for a solid 6 years, and we are proud to have helped over 300 startups to pitch their business. The TechPitch 4.5 series, along with our pitch training workshops, have become an establishment in the tech startup world. We are very excited to open up a new TechPitch 4.5 PLAY focused on creating new play experiences, and we are delighted to receive the support of a global and truly innovative company as Hasbro. This will continue to facilitate a productive dialogue between investors and technology businesses while growing the entrepreneur and innovation eco-system, always with the aim of achieving a 4.5 times return on investment for all parties involved.”
TechPitch 4.5 brings together tech startups, investors and entrepreneurs for an evening “pitch competition,” after which startups get productive feedback from an expert judging panel. These popular and established events were created by 2Pears to provide a platform for tech startups from UK and Europe on which they could raise awareness, showcase their business proposition and build connections with potential investors and partners.
Some of the pitching startups will have taken part in pitch-training workshops run by 2Pears and supported by UKTI.
TechPitch 4.5 PLAY will follow the well-established TechPitch 4.5 format where a keynote presentation is followed by eight tech startups presenting their business ideas and revenue models during a three-minute pitch. The judging panel has five minutes for a Q&A with each startup, following which they provide constructive feedback to the startups.
A winner is selected by the judges, and a general vote of raised hands picks the audience favourite.
Are you a start-up developing a platform, technology or API that could be adapted for play? Apply to pitch at our inaugural TechPitch 4.5 PLAY.