A Live Pitch Competition For UK Startups Raising Their 1st Round


A LIVE pitch competition, via virtual events platform Hopin, that ANYONE can attend for free. #DSLive is a platform connecting community, capital and live interaction


Ascension Ventures has committed to investing Β£100k into the winner of #DSLive and leading their pre-Seed round


5 startups, raising their first round of funding, selected to pitch for each #DSLive, in a β€˜Dragons Den’ style format, with one chosen via the #DSLive Community Vote


Additional interactive event areas, including 5x Moderator Rooms (with 5 VCs) & 2x Masterclass Sessions run by domain experts

The #DSLive Angel Syndicate

The Debut Sessions has created A NEW investment structure, in partnership with Seedlegals, to enable attendees of #DSLive to co-invest alongside Ascension for as little as Β£2,000 in the winning pitch company, opening up the ecosystem to a new generation of angel investor.

Called the 'Ascension ASA', the new investment structure is also innovating around the way UK pre-Seed companies raise capital and are valued. Read more HERE.


πŸ“† #DSLive Event Dates in 2021

NameDateEvent Link
Feb 26, 2021 10:00 AM (GMT) β†’ Feb 26, 2021 1:00 PM (GMT)
May 13, 2021 9:45 AM (GMT) β†’ May 13, 2021 1:15 PM (GMT)
Sep 30, 2021 10:45 AM (GMT) β†’ Sep 30, 2021 1:00 PM (GMT)

The #DSLive Selection

πŸ—“οΈ The Debut Sessions is aiming to host 6 #DSLive events in 2021, where (up to) 5 startups will be selected to pitch to hundreds of attendees for a chance to win a Β£100k Advanced Subscription Agreement ('ASA') from Ascension Ventures ✍️

🧐 4 startups will be selected by the DS Investors a week in advance of #DSLive

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ 1 startup will be selected via the 'Community Vote' - to qualify for the Community Vote, an applicant must 'Opt In' to #DSOpenSource, where there application will be published on Twitter and Linkedin for the public to vote on