Application Process

Pitchfest - Venturefest
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.

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Fill in a short online application. Give us an idea of who you are, what you do, and why you are looking for investment.

Provide as much detail as possible to help us understand your business proposition.

Don't forget to upload your summary business plan.


Do you have a scalable business? Are your financials watertight?  Does your pitch grab an investor’s attention? 

Work through the finer detail with experts from Aston, Birmingham and Warwick Universities and Minerva Business Angels to develop and strengthen your pitch.

Selection Panels

A series of presentations to a panel of investors and industry experts. Past panel members have included representatives from each of the Business Schools, Accord Group, Barclays, Finance Birmingham, Harper Dennis Hobbs, Innovate UK, Midven, and Santander.

Pitchfest Final

A high profile judging panel will select the top pitches on the day in each of the three categories.

The winner of each of the three categories will compete for the overall prize and receive the Venturefest 2016 “Best Pitch” Trophy. 

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