The organisers of The Pitch (www.thepitch.uk), the UK’s largest small business competition, have announced that they’ve seen the highest number of entries to the competition in its 8 year history. The closing date has been decided and the last marked day on which applicants will be accepted is 31st July.
The competition is the largest of its kind and the team behind the event is encouraging the nations top entrepreneurs to submit an application.
Entrepreneurs can expect to take part in a variety of development stages which will see them learning new business skills at workshops and boot camps. This will culminate with the competition finale in November. Finalists will then be given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, who will decide the overall winner.
The competition winner will receive a number of prizes that will help secure their business’ future. Some of the prizes on offer are a central London office space, a PR package, and strategic business consultancy.
This year also marked the first time that The Pitch team took to the road to advertise the competition. Holding seminars and networking events for entrepreneurs across a variety of cities is thought to not only have encouraged applicants but to also have provided opportunities for local entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses on a bigger stage.
Yiuwin Tsang of The Pitch, commented:
“We’ve had another fantastic year; not only in terms of the volume of entrants we’ve had, but also the quality. The road trips have given us the chance to meet face to face with potential candidates at a much earlier stage, bounce ideas around and give advice which we think will have made a real difference to lot of organisations in the early stages. It’s fantastic to feel a part of the new wave of British businesses; we’re definitely billed as a helping hand to guide them on their way to success!
“Every year, we get contacted by businesses who have missed the entry deadline. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly rare that we can help them by that point; we are always really busy with entries already, so taking on more by then is just not possible. We are urging the country’s start-ups to consider it now, while they have time. It’s not all about the end goal – it’s a fantastic experience all the way through, which can turn the tables for businesses starting out and set them on the right track. No start-up idea is too weird or wonderful for us to consider!”