Scottish companies invited to brave this year’s Pitchfest Challenge

Scottish companies invited to brave this year’s Pitchfest Challenge

Venturefest Scotland is inviting innovative, early-stage Scottish companies to take part in this year’s Pitchfest Challenge - a live pitching competition taking place during the show on Wednesday, September 20 at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Sponsored by European patent and trade mark Attorneys, Murgitroyd, between 12 and 15 companies will go head-to head in front of a panel of investors and business experts, with the chance to win £750 in cash and £750 in-kind, IP consultancy services. The winner will also receive two days of expert support from Scottish Enterprise.

Fiona McKenzie, marketing manager Europe for Murgitroyd, said: "We are delighted to sponsor Pitchfest at Venturefest Scotland - the Scottish start-up ecosystem is one of the most exciting in the world, and we want to support its growth. We wish all the participants the very best of luck!"

Entrants must have been trading for less than three years and must submit their application by Friday, September 1. If you think you’ve got what it takes, contact georgia.goodall@speak.co.uk for an application form. 

Pitching is an essential business skill, one that every entrepreneur needs to master, and in addition to the Pitchfest Challenge, Venturefest Scotland is offering a series of workshops as part of its Pitchfest strand to help entrepreneurs learn how to make the perfect pitch.

Pitchfest is held as part of Venturefest Scotland, a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth Scottish SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.  

Registration is free and Scottish companies from any sector are invited to attend.  Last year over 800 delegates attended, with more than 1,000 expected at this year’s event.

Some of the day’s highlights include:

  • Confirmed keynotes from Mandy Chessell, Master Inventor at IBM and Ailsa Gray from Profits with Purpose.
  • War stories/case studies from successful businesses on the ups and downs of growing a business
  • Interactive, hands-on workshops giving you practical skills to innovate and grow your business. Topics will include Open Innovation; Industry 4.0; Future Trends, Intellectual Property and more 
  • Free 1-2-1 appointments with business advisors across a wide range of disciplines including tax, IP, digital, funding, big data and more in our Meet the Expert programme  
  • An Innovation Showcase presenting a selection of Scotland’s most innovative companies and their ground-breaking products and services across all sectors
  • Facilitated networking to help you make lasting business connections

To register visit: www.venturefestscotland.co.uk