Applications open for Pitchfest

Applications open for Pitchfest

Businesses across the West Midlands are being invited to apply for this year’s Pitchfest competition as part of the Venturefest WM event in June.

Pitchfest is a business pitching competition jointly organised by Aston University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

It presents an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to raise their profile and potentially win one of several awards at Venturefest West Midlands 2016. 

The competition is free and open to any business sector. Applicants can own a business going through growth or in early stages, or simply have a good business idea.

Paula Whitehouse, director of Aston Centre for Growth, said: “Access to finance for small businesses and entrepreneurs is vital for growth, which is why Pitchfest is once again a key element of Venturefest WM.

“A fully-developed finance pitch isn’t necessary, just a viable business idea or growth opportunity along with the ambition to succeed. 

“We will help all successful applicants to develop a suitable finance pitch with workshops, practice pitches and feedback from expert panels of investors and industry leaders, all completely free of charge.”

Shortlisted applicants will present to a judging panel, and selected finalists will pitch to leading investors and industry experts at Venturefest WM on 23 June at the NEC, Birmingham, watched by an audience of potential investors.

The one-day event, supported by Innovate UK and part of a national network of Venturefests, brings together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to meet, engage, and discuss ideas.

Any business or entrepreneur interested in taking part can e-mail: centreforgrowth@aston.ac.uk