The Clutch Digital
19 November 2020 at #ESIDIGITAL

ABOUT

The Clutch was born at ESI London 2019 and is a live pitch investment competition with the aim of helping esports-related start-up companies in need of funding and/or mentorship.

Over 50 companies have applied to the Clutch so far, and we’re searching for our fourth winner.

G-Science left Twickenham Stadium victorious in September and in May is was TEAMS.GG that game out on top. Our third winners were Anzu, who ran out winners in August where the event was a part of ESI Digital Summer. Which company’s name will be enshrined alongside them this November at the Clutch Digital’s third edition?

HOW IT WORKS?

The Clutch will provide four start-ups an opportunity to pitch to an esteemed panel of investors with considerable experience in investment & esports. 

Each start-up will take the stage and have five minutes to pitch – after which we’ll cut the mics dead. 

The mics will come back up and the panel ask questions and test the mettle of each individual. 

The investors will decide the best company over the span of the rest of the week, with the winner to be announced on the broadcast to close the show. The winning start-up will then be lauded across the internet – and who knows – there may well be investment offers forthcoming.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENTORSHIP WITH TOP INVESTORS

CHANCE TO OBTAIN FUNDING

PLATFORM TO PRESENT YOUR PRODUCT TO THE WIDER INDUSTRY

MEDIA CONNECTIONS AND A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE MAINSTREAM PRESS

2 x TICKETS TO ESI DIGITAL WINTER

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS CURRENTLY OPEN! 

Stage 1: Please complete the application form here. All applications will be reviewed by the ESI team with assistance from the investors before a shortlist is created. The deadline for applications is Friday 6th November.

Stage 2: Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 12th November. Those who are invited to pitch will have the opportunity for pre-event editorial to promote the product. 

Stage 3: Those chosen will receive 2 x tickets to the ESI Digital Winter and be invited to join and participate in our industry leading digital conference. 

Stage 4: On the day, our panel of investors will decide on the best pitch and crown the champion of The Clutch Digital. 

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR?

‘The Clutch’ is a unique content piece in the esports space which you can attach your business to from the very beginning. By becoming a partner of ‘The Clutch’, you have the opportunity to showcase your business and promote it as a leader, supporter and partner of the burgeoning esports industry.

Sponsorship will provide prominence to your brand across all aspects of ‘The Clutch’, from the editorial perspective in the run-up to the event, all the way through to the post-event video footage which will showcase the pitches and the very best from the day. 

For more detail on the ESI Digital Summer and ‘The Clutch Digital’ sponsorship opportunities, please email [email protected].

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

The Clutch drew applications from over 40 start-ups in its first two editions, and we’re not expecting it to slow down as we head online. The unique content piece provides those involved with an invaluable opportunity to showcase their product the wider esports world.

Each start-up will have access to our expert panel of investors who will offer guidance and mentorship as well as a series of testing questions to each company pitching. 

It will provide insight into the pitching process, and how anyone can turn what may have once been a passing thought into a meaningful product fit for purpose.

Attendees to The Clutch will have full access to the entirety of the ESI Digital Winter. There’ll be ample opportunity to network, learn, discuss and debate with key industry stakeholders across the two days. 

PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THE CLUTCH

THE CLUTCH EDITION #2
May 2020 | ESI Digital Summit

THE CLUTCH EDITION #3
August 2020 | ESI Digital Summer

PREVIOUS JUDGES

Matthieu Dallon
CEO
Trust Esport Ventures
Helen Sarah Gammons
Relationship Manager - Media & Entertainment Group
HSBC Private Bank
Spike Laurie
Venture Director
Hiro Capital
Malte Barth
Founding Partner
BITKRAFT
Fabio La Franca
Investment Director
Station12 Ventures
David Gowans
Head of Creative Technologies, Games & Esports
Barclays
David Martin
Director
Esports Global
Patrick Mahoney
CEO
We Are Nations Inc