The Pitch!

The Pitch is an annual business competition run by business consultants Sift Media which offers a prize package comprising business support, goods, and products to the UK’s most innovative small businesses.

Interested businesses will get the opportunity to battle through one of five regional heats, where they will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of experts. Each regional winner will them proceed to a grand final, where they will again pitch their ideas to a judging panel in a bid to secure a first prize package including business support, goods, and products.

Finalists will also get the opportunity to take part in a series of business workshops and seminars to help turn their ideas into reality.

The competition is open to entries from UK-based businesses that have been trading for less than three years and employ no more than 20 staff. Pre-start businesses are also eligible to enter, as long as they can demonstrate a credible business plan and prove that there is a market for their product or service.

The 2014 entry deadline is 13 July 2014

Key Criteria

To enter The Pitch, applicants must:

*be a UK resident;
*be 16 years old or over at the time of entry;
*be a UK-based, privately owned company (or have a viable business idea if they do not currently run their own business);
*be established for three years or less; and
*have no more than 20 employees.
*Applicants do not necessarily have to be trading already but must be able to demonstrate a credible business plan and prove that there is a market for the proposed product or service.