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Businesses in D2N2 invited to enter Pitchfest 2019

Boost your business’ profile and increase your chances of winning investment through Pitchfest 2019.

Over the last four years, Pitchfest – which is run by the Centre for Growth at Aston University, BizzInn at the University of Birmingham and Minerva at the University of Warwick Science Park – has put over 100 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £2,750 000 of investment to the region's small businesses.

For successful applicants, the competition begins with pitch preparation, helping to refine your investment pitch. Judging rounds follow, where you pitch directly to a panel of investors, receiving valuable feedback on your presentation. Then comes the public final, where the best business pitches compete in front of a live audience of investors and entrepreneurs to win the Best Pitch Award and a Golden Ticket worth £500 to access Minerva’s professional network of Business Angel Investors.

Whatever the outcome of the final, Pitchfest is about helping businesses gain exposure and build confidence to secure future investment.

Taking part in Pitchfest is a great opportunity to grow.

Not only will you be putting yourself in front of an audience of investors looking for businesses to back, you will be developing your ability to compose and deliver a pitch that is both engaging and appealing.

There are other benefits too - improved self-confidence, skills and networks that can help further your business in the future.

How It Works 

From application to Pitchfest final, the process is all about honing your business plan, perfecting your pitch, building your confidence and getting you in front of an audience of investors who could help you realise your business potential.

Each business applying takes part in one pitch preparation session. Most will go on to one of the follow-up judging panels, after which selected businesses are invited to present and/or exhibit at the final.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Further Information

Dates:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pitch Preparation: 2nd May 2019, 8th May 2019 and 16th May 2019.

Judging Panels: 27th May 2019, 5th June 2019 and 11th June 2019.

Pitchfest Final at NEC, Birmingham: 4th July 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will take part in a Pitch Preparation session. Most will go on to one of the follow-up Judging Panels, after which selected businesses are invited to present and/or exhibit at the final.

Click here for more information and to apply.

 


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