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

Over the last 4 years, Pitchfest - which is run by the Centre for Growth at Aston University, Bizzlnn at the University of Birmingham and Minerva at the University of Warwick Science Park - has put 100 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £3,000,000 of investments 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 of a live audience of investors and entrepreneurs to win the Best Pitch Award.

The Pitchfest 2019 Final is due to take place on 4th July 2019. Please check back at a later date for the workshops and judging panels dates and venues.

Applications for Pitchfest 2019 are now closed.

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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