The Pitch 2020

Want to tell the world about your startup?

The Pitch provides a stage for startups to tell the public and investors about what they do. We help founders create a kick-ass pitch and give them the platform to use it.

The Pitch 2020 is closed for applications.

Want to see the UK’s best startups compete for a place in our grand final? You can watch our semi-final events online.

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Why do founders enter The Pitch?

The top 100 startups get to work with one of our pitching coaches. Founders then compete in a live event, giving a 90-second pitch to investors and industry experts. There’s a people’s vote too, so fans can get involved.

After the session, we’ll share the judges’ feedback with detailed scoring. Videos of the pitches and the scores will be added to our leaderboard, which will be seen by thousands of people, including investors, journalists and potential customers.

  1. Work with a pitching coach
  2. Pitch to investors in front of a live audience
  3. Get detailed feedback on your pitch
  4. Profile and video on The Pitch’s 2020 leaderboard

The top 10 compete for a money-can’t-buy package of mentoring and support at The Pitch Final in November.

How do the pitching events work?

Our semi-final pitching events bring together the UK’s best startups and experts and investors from their sectors.

Each 90-second pitch will be followed by a short Q&A with questions from the audience and judges.

The pitching categories:

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Who’s judging The Pitch Final this year?

The Pitch judges have extensive expertise in building and growing companies.

John Stapleton - Mission Ventures

Mission Ventures founder and investor John Stapleton

Ed Reeves

Moneypenny founder and investor Ed Reeves

Alexander Amosu - Lux Afrique

Lux Afrique founder and investor Alexander Amosu

Heather Frankham - Origin

Origin founder and investor Heather Frankham

Luke Lang, Crowdcube co-founder

Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang

What The Pitch community thinks

The Pitch is a competition that cares about the startups involved. An amazing community has sprung up around the events over the last decade, with lots of founders sharing advice and speaking at events.

All the sessions in the programme were extremely useful. It’s a great opportunity to get inspired, learn from others and to share our experience.

– Oddbox co-founder Emilie Vanpoperinghe

The Pitch was a fantastic opportunity to network and learn. We found the workshops really helpful. We met Crowdcube there and went on to raise £250,000.

– Rockit co-founder Matt Dyson

“The opportunity to pitch alongside 49 other startups and receive authentic feedback throughout the boot camp was absolutely invaluable.”

– BizGive co-founder Louise Downing

Who’s taken part in The Pitch in the past?

The Pitch brings together startups with amazing ideas who go on to become industry leaders.

We’re incredibly proud of everything our past Pitchers achieve – here are just a handful of the brilliant businesses who have taken part in the last few years.

  • 3D holographic business HYPERVSN has been backed by Mark Cuban and has over 100 employees
  • Food delivery service EatFirst now delivers nationwide and has raised over £6m in funding
  • Small Robot Company raised £1.2m, after reaching their £500,000 goal within minutes of the campaign’s launch

Need help with your application?

Read our FAQ if you want help – we’ve tried to cover everything – or email

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