The Pitch 2012: Sam Zawadski crowned UK’s best entrepreneur

After a UK-wide search, it was Sam Zawadzki, founder of AdvancetoGO, who took home the prize as The Pitch’s most promising young entrepreneur. Congratulations to the AdvancetoGO team – want to know a bit more about them?

Organised by in association with digital services provider hibu* and sponsored by Crunch Accounting and ICAEW, The Pitch 2012 began the search for Britain’s entrepreneurial superstars in February.

Pitching as the Scottish finalist, Edinburgh-based Zawadzki wowed the judges and took the top prize of a package of business support worth £50,000 including mentoring from serial entrepreneur and founder Karen Darby, £6,000 worth of marketing services from hibu and a bespoke tailored suit from A Suit That Fits.

AdvancetoGo is a platform that helps private landlords manage property. Landlords can upload information about their properties which generates adverts that automatically post to multiple sites such as Right Move and Gumtree, saving them time and money.

It also provides template lease agreements, guarantor forms, and inventory statements as well as storing information such as meter readings, security codes, insurance certificates and warranties which can be accessed through any computer.

Zawadzki has generated some impressive testimonials including one from legendary entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson who said the company is “fun, creative and will challenge the property industry”.

Dan Martin, editor of and founder of The Pitch, commented: “The road to crowning The Pitch 2012 champion has been a long one; from opening applications in February, to our semi-final in Liverpool in October and culminating in our fantastic grand final.

“As a result, Sam truly deserves to be our champion. His passion and innovation impressed our judges and it just goes to show that dedication to a cause can bring you huge rewards.

“We congratulate our champion and all the finalists and look forward to following the rest of their business journeys.”

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Natasha Hodgson is the Content and Community Manager over at Enternships. She loves writing about inspiring things, and Nicolas Cage. Luckily, those two things are not mutually exclusive.

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