17 SEPTEMBER 2019
As part of ESI London, The Clutch provides a platform for esports startups to take their product to the next level.
As part of ESI London, The Clutch provides a platform for esports startups to take their product to the next level.

ABOUT

Are you an esports-related start up in need of funding and/or mentorship?

Are you an investor or VC group with an interest in tapping into the fast growing esports industry?  

We are launching the first ‘The Clutch’ live as a part of our flagship conference – ESI London. 

This is focused on connecting esports focused start-ups with vast potential, to those who can provide funding, mentorship, business strategy/connections and ultimately help to take them to the next level. 

In turn, this is aimed at helping to grow and professionalise the wider industry.

HOW IT WORKS?

The Clutch will provide ten 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 four minutes to pitch – after which we’ll cut the mics dead. 

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

The investors will, at the end of the day, decide who pitched and responded to questions the best. The winning start-up will then be presented the inaugural ‘The Clutch’ trophy – 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 OUR FLAGSHIP CONFERENCE, ESI LONDON

TABLE-TOP STAND IN THE ESI START-UP ZONE AT ESI LONDON

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

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. 

Initial application must be submitted by Friday 26th July 

Stage 2: Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 9th August. Those who are invited to pitch will be encouraged to create a video for pre-event promotion and will have the opportunity for pre-event editorial to promote the product. 

Stage 3: Those chosen will receive 2 x tickets to ESI London and be invited to join our industry leading conference. Day two will provide applicants with a small space in the “start-up zone” as well as the opportunity to meet and subsequently pitch to our esteemed panel of investors.

Stage 4: On the day, our panel of investors will decide on the best pitch and crown the inaugural winner of ‘The Clutch’.

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 ESI London and ‘The Clutch’ sponsorship opportunities, please email info@esportsinsider.com.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

‘The Clutch’ will provide those embedded in the industry – and those outside of it – with the chance to see 10 esports focussed start-ups pitch to a panel of esteemed investors. Our investors have considerable experience in investment as well as esports and are best placed to assess and provide feedback to each contestant. 

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’ also have the chance to enjoy, with a two-day ticket, the entirety of ESI London – bringing industry leading content, from top speakers, to Twickenham Stadium across two days. With multiple tracks addressing pertinent industry issues, there’s no shortage of knowledge to be gained and people to meet.

MEET THE JUDGES

Helen Sarah Gammons
Relationship Manager - Media & Entertainment Group
HSBC Private Bank
Malte Barth
Founding Partner
BITKRAFT
Spike Laurie
Venture Director
Hiro Capital
Amit Jain
Esports Investor
Rewired.GG
David Martin
Director - Investment Committee
Esports Global Fund

LOCATION

Twickenham Stadium 
Whitton Rd 
Twickenham, 
TW2 7BA

SPONSORS

REGISTRATION FOR ESI LONDON