OION’s ‘Pitch@Blenheim Palace’ event delivers a valuable platform for securing angel investment


OION, Oxford Innovation Finance’s angel investment network, returned to Blenheim Palace for its in-person ‘Pitch@Blenheim Palace’ Showcase event in September, providing its diverse investor community with the opportunity to meet nine carefully selected businesses of the future.

OION’s Showcase events have a strong track record of securing investment for presenting businesses from its members, giving access to value that goes deeper than just capital. OION’s previous in-person Showcase event at Blenheim Palace, in September 2022, assisted five of the nine presenting companies in successfully raising angel investment, with a total of £452,000 secured from the OION network.

The ‘Pitch@Blenheim Palace’ event which provides high-quality early-stage businesses with the chance to present their innovative ideas and solutions to an in-person audience of experienced angel investors, delivers a pivotal platform for those Founders seeking both finance and experienced support.

Jens Tholstrup, Executive Chairman at Oxford Innovation Finance, commented: “It was great to be back at the iconic Blenheim Palace for the OION Pitch@Blenheim Palace Showcase event, and some very strong investment pitches from the presenting companies. At Oxford Innovation Finance we are uncovering the next generation of science and technology businesses to give our experienced angel network access to some exciting investment propositions. This in-person event provides our members with the opportunity to talk directly with business founders, in the beautiful surroundings of Blenheim Palace, partnering like-minded people who want to make a difference and change the future.”

OION’s ‘Pitch@Blenheim Palace’ event offers each of the carefully selected early-stage businesses a chance to present their current investment opportunity to its experience investor audience as part of a quick-fire pitching round and is followed by an extensive networking session, allowing businesses and investors the opportunity to connect.

Dom Hare, CEO at Blenheim Palace, adds: “We were thrilled to host the Pitch@Blenheim Palace event for a second consecutive year, welcoming investors and companies alike to our beautiful grounds and the Palace’s Long Library. As a powerhouse of the local ecosystem, situated in the heart of Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is proud to be supporting those businesses who are developing the solutions to our future challenges and the prosperity of the UK economy.”

The nine businesses that presented at the 2023 ‘Pitch@Blenheim Palace’ OION Showcase event were:

  • Qured – A pioneering at-home preventative health screening app delivering better health outcomes to employees and businesses.
  • Oxomics – Developing the next generation of cancer diagnostics testing for a broad range of cancers using a simple blood sample and analysis of metabolites.
  • Where You At – An indoor-mapping and offline communication technology which integrates safety with operational innovation for crowd management.
  • Uhubs – An AI SaaS platform providing companies with the ability to hire the right salespeople and support their education and development.
  • Albus Health – A contactless multi-sensor platform that monitors critical night-time symptoms with high clinical accuracy in several chronic diseases.
  • Reg Metrics – A cloud-based software enabling innovators to develop device-specific regulatory strategies, making regulatory compliance easier and faster.
  • Automated Architecture AUAR – A web-based software platform, robotic manufacturing process and franchised business model for building sustainable, high-quality and affordable timber housing.
  • Kaldi – A fintech solution working to transform the finances of Gen Z and Millennials by helping them to save earlier and better.
  • Cyjax – An established cyber threat intelligence SaaS technology platform uncovering and identifying threats surfacing from anywhere in the world including fraudulent and criminal activity.

If you are an early-stage business and would like to be considered to pitch at an OION Showcase event, register here.

Published: December 2023.