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Pitchfest 2019 Now Open: Refer a Business!

Boost your business’ profile and increase your chances of winning investment through Pitchfest 2019.

Over the last four 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 over 100 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £2,750 000 of investment to the region's small businesses.

For successful applicants, 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, where the best business pitches compete in front of a live audience of investors and entrepreneurs to win the Best Pitch Award and a Golden Ticket worth £500 to access Minerva’s professional network of Business Angel Investors.

Whatever the outcome of the final, Pitchfest is about helping businesses gain exposure and build confidence to secure future investment.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Further Information


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pitch Preparation: 2nd May 2019, 8th May 2019 and 16th May 2019.

Judging Panels: 27th May 2019, 5th June 2019 and 11th June 2019.

Pitchfest Final at NEC, Birmingham: 4th July 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will take part in a Pitch Preparation session. Most will go on to one of the follow-up Judging Panels, after which selected businesses are invited to present and/or exhibit at the final.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Pitchfest West Midlands is run by Aston Centre for Growth. Contact them via 0121 204 4795.

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