Pitchfest - September 2018

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Pitchfest improves your ability to win investment while simultaneously boosting your business's profile.

Over the last 3 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 90 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £2,750,000 of investment to the region's small businesses. 

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, hosted by Venturefest West Midlands, where the best business pitches compete in front a live audience of investors and entrepreneurs to win the Best Pitch Award and a Golden Ticket to access Minerva’s professional network of Business Angel Investors.

Pitch Preparation: 30 August 2018

Judging Panel: 6 Sept 2018

Pitchfest Final at iCentrum, Birmingham: 27 Sept 2018


Applications for Pitchfest 2018 are now closed, however we are accepting applications for Pitchfest 2019

Entrepreneurs - Pitchfest

For ambitious entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity to:

  • Perfect your investment pitch
  • Raise the profile of your business
  • Come face-to-face with investors, innovators and fellow entrepreneurs

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Small Business - Picthfest

For investors, this is an opportunity to:

Gain access to well-prepared and dynamic businesses going through rapid growth.

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Presentation - Pitchfest

Apply for Pitchfest

All small business taking part will receive pitch preparation support to develop their funding pitch from one of the three University partners running Pitchfest. The selection rounds also offer plenty of opportunity to practise the pitch in front of panels of leading experts and industry professionals.

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Register for Venturefest WM 2018

Venturefest West Midlands is the host event for Pitchfest, providing entrepreneurs, investors and innovators a chance to meet, engage and exchange ideas for co-operation and collaboration, particularly in the fields of science and emerging technologies. Venturefest is the regions most prestigious event for growth focused businesses.

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