Friends, Romans, potential business geniuses, lend us your ears. One of the UK’s longest running small business competitions is BACK for 2013, and is looking for innovative startups to invest in. What are you waiting for? Get those creative juices of yours flowing and learn all about this year’s The Pitch.
Organised by businesszone.co.uk, and running since 2008, The Pitch is an annual competition designed to seek out the very best in new entrepreneurial talent – helping hundreds of small companies on the road to success. Reckon you’ve got an idea worth pitching? You’ve got until the 30th of June to get it fully formed and submitted.
The champion of The Pitch 2013 will receive business support worth thousands of pounds including mentoring from serial entrepreneur and Crowdmission.com founder Karen Darby and a day with the founder of phenomenally successful business Morphsuits.
But for the first time in the competition’s history, an investment panel including Siftfounder Ben Heald and investors from Heron Capital Partners has come on board with a minimum of £25,000 to invest in at least one company taking part in the competition.
Interested entrepreneurs need to apply at www.thepitchuk.com/enter by 30 June after which up to 50 shortlisted contestants will be selected to compete at The Pitch Live in Bristol on 25 September. Five finalists will then compete in a nail-biting grand final for the chance to win the package of support. All amazing stuff to be a part of, whether you win or not.
Dan Martin, editor of BusinessZone.co.uk and founder of The Pitch, said:
“Our competition had very humble beginnings and I never imagined how much it would grow.
We are delighted to back for a sixth year and the investment we have on offer is just the injection Britain’s innovative small firms need to grow.
“But The Pitch 2013 isn’t just about the contestants. We are on a mission to help as many small business owners as possible by providing advice and making connections.
“The Pitch Live on 25 September will be our biggest live event yet and we can’t wait to welcome hundreds of entrepreneurs to Bristol, a city oozing creativity and enterprise.”
So what are you waiting for? Know someone with a mission that deserves a platform? Got a creative team just begging for a deadline to kick them into gear? Get Pitching now, and start your entrepreneurial journey.