University of Birmingham pitches in with ambitious, high-growth companies Pitchfest winners to share £2,000 of cash prizes
Applications are now open for Pitchfest 2017, the unique annual pitching competition that gives ambitious West Midlands companies the opportunity to raise their profile with national investors.
Pitchfest takes entrepreneurs through their paces in a series of free pitching workshops, where experienced business advisors help companies become "investment ready". Selection panels involving investors then determine which pitches should be shortlisted for the final rounds at Venturefest West Midlands on June 27th.
In addition to free training, this year's heat winners will share in £1,000 of cash prizes sponsored by each of the Birmingham Research Park, Warwick Science Park, and Innovation Birmingham. The audience will then vote for their favourite out of those winners - the recipient then winning a further £1,000 cash prize sponsored by international law firm Gowling WLG.
Participation in the event is free of charge, and interested companies are urged to enter as soon as possible, so they can take advantage of the remaining pitching workshops hosted at the University's BizzInn business incubator and Aston’s Centre for Growth in May.
David Coleman, Head of Enterprise Acceleration at the University of Birmingham commented: "The West Midlands is a base for some fabulous businesses. However, positioning your company to attract investment can be quite daunting for some, particularly if you are talking to investors for the first time. Pitchfest is a great way of getting exposure to investors, and obtaining really constructive feedback that can help your business in all kinds of ways. "
Pitchfest is jointly organised by Aston University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick, in association with Venturefest West Midlands.