The Pitch startup competition

The Pitch: We’re looking for Britain’s best startups!

Applications for The Pitch 2019 just closed! We’re really sorry you missed the deadline. You can sign up to our email list to find out when we open applications for 2020 or get a ticket to The Pitch Final on 21 November in London.

Have you got an amazing product or game-changing business idea? We want to hear from you! The Pitch is a competition that aims to give you the advice, support and inspiration you need to build your business.

How does The Pitch work?

We choose 250 startups to take to our boot camps, where you’ll learn key skills, network and have the chance to perfect your pitch. We’re running events in Bristol, London and Manchester.

The top 15 will go on to pitch it out in front of an audience of entrepreneurs, journalists and investors in a live London finale.

The application process takes about 10 minutes to complete.

What do I get?

Our winner gets exclusive mentoring and support from industry-leading names like Crowdcube’s Darren Westlake and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee’s Jim Cregan.

As a contestant, you’ll have the opportunity to meet investors through The Pitch network, develop your pitch and build your confidence.

Everyone that enters gets access to exclusive deals from Microsoft cloud computing credits and reduced crowdfunding fees to 20% off MOO printing.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our incredible partners, The Pitch is completely free!

Who’s judging this year?

We’ve got a brilliant lineup on our 2019 judging panel. The Pitch judges have extensive expertise in building and growing companies and understand what you’re going through. They’re really frank about the challenges they’ve faced and have pledged to spend time mentoring The Pitch winner.

Jim Cregan - Jimmys Iced Coffee

Jimmy’s Iced Coffee co-founder Jim Cregan

Natasha Guerra - Runway East

Runway East founder Natasha Guerra

Darren Westlake - Crowdcube

Crowdcube co-founder and CEO Darren Westlake

Emilie Vanpoperinghe - Oddbox

Oddbox co-founder Emilie Vanpoperinghe

David Abrahamovitch - Grind

Grind founder and CEO David Abrahamovitch

What The Pitch community thinks

An amazing community has sprung up around The Pitch over the last decade.

Enter The Pitch - Emilie Vanpoperinghe

“All the sessions in the programme were extremely useful. It’s a great opportunity to get inspired, to learn from others and to share our experience. We will benefit from the mentoring package we’ve won.”

Oddbox co-founder Emilie

“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

Enter The Pitch - Louise Downing

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

BizGive co-founder Louise

Need help with your application?

Read our FAQ if you want help – we’ve tried to cover everything – or email Want to wax lyrical about your startup or send us a song recommendation? Try