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Games Invest returns to Eurogamer Expo

Early bird tickets now available, as London Venture Partners confirmed for event

The 2011 Games Invest event has been confirmed for the Eurogamer Expo in September, aimed at helping small-to-medium-size companies gain public and private investment.

Games Invest 2011 is due to take place on Thursday, September 22 at the Eurogamer Expo in Earls Court, London. Co-hosted by GamesIndustry.biz, the event will give game companies the opportunity to network and pitch informally and formally to investors.

Last year's sell-out event included participation from Channel 4, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Pembridge, Fund4Games, Tenshi Ventures and London Venture Partners.

The event will be skewed towards project investment, but will also include equity investment opportunities. Entry provides a morning of sessions presented by investors, a networking lunch, and full access to the Eurogamer Expo and GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair.

Attendees will also be able to apply for formal pitch meetings with investors, which if granted will result in half-hour afternoon meetings in private meeting rooms the same day. The 2010 event featured eight investors and more than 30 private meetings - with more expected this year.

"We're delighted to bring Games Invest under the GamesIndustry.biz umbrella and host such a useful and interesting event at the Eurogamer Expo," said Eurogamer MD Rupert Loman. "It's another example of why the Expo is not just the UK's leading event for gamers but now for the industry too."

"Games Invest is a great opportunity for London Venture Partners to meet with games and technology companies seeking investment," said Phil Harrison, general partner of London Venture Partners - already confirmed for Games Invest 2011. "Both investors and games companies benefit from the informal networking and structured meeting schedule."

"We felt the real value of Games Invest was the opportunity to meet a host of quality, very early stage small businesses," added Jonathan Newth, founding partner at Tenshi Ventures. "In fact, we eventually made an investment offer to one of the companies we met at the event."

Early bird ticket prices, available till June 1, are set at £75 (plus booking fee) with the event expected to be sold out weeks in advance. Further information is available at the official website and on Twitter.

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