The Pitch 2023 Leaderboard

Over 500 startup founders from across the UK entered The Pitch 2023. We chose the top 60 to pitch at our regional semi-finals, where they had just 90 seconds to convince a panel of investors that their business deserved to make it to The Pitch Final. Our finalists took to the stage for The Pitch […]

Businesses have only weeks to comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT

All VAT-registered businesses, no matter how small, must be compliant with the latest Making Tax Digital (MTD) rules from April to avoid penalties from HMRC. As of January, the latest data from HMRC shows that only a third of VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover below £85,000 have signed up to MTD for VAT ahead of […]

Watch the best pitches and investor Q&As from The Pitch 2021

Over 500 founders entered The Pitch last year. We had three semi-finals across the country and nine startups made it to the final. Watch their pitches, see how they handle the Q&A with investors and check out their scores below. Winner of The Pitch 2021: Goodloans Goodloans is improving financial inclusion among Ghanaian business owners through phone-based […]

Scaling your startup: How to recruit the best team to achieve your ambitions

Taking your startup from founders-only to employing staff is a big shift in gear. It comes with a new set of financial responsibilities and you’ll have to start considering HR practices and what kind of company culture to develop. It’s a daunting task, but also one that’s incredibly liberating. Get the right people in place […]

How to build a thriving company culture as your team grows

You’ve made the leap and employed your first few employees. It’s an exciting time when you start to expand your team, but when it comes to company culture there’s more to consider than whether you’ve hired the right person. Creating a successful company culture should go beyond hiring like-minded people and finishing early on a […]

The five steps to building scalable sales and marketing systems

Sales and marketing are the engine of startup growth. In order to grow and achieve your potential, you need to put the systems and processes in place that can scale with you. This article includes five steps that will help you implement the right sales and marketing systems to engage with prospective customers. We’ve included […]

The secret to building startup systems that can drive growth

Creating effective systems is essential to building a startup that can scale. That means getting financial reporting in place, being productive and communicating clearly.  Learning relentlessly is part of entrepreneurs’ DNA. Building a business is about embedding what you learn into scalable systems. This article explains the three types of systems you need to scale […]

How to test and validate your startup idea

Testing and validating your idea is a critical step of building a business. You need to conduct research to gauge whether there is demand for your product and how customers will use it. It’s best to go through this process at an early stage, so you don’t sink too much time and money into an […]

What we’re doing about diversity on The Pitch

I wanted to share what I’ve been learning about diversity, what’s happening with The Pitch and a few thoughts about the wider startup ecosystem. Sorry it’s taken so long to comment. We’ve been taking the time to talk to members of The Pitch community about the changes we need to make. The immediate changes The […]

How Unruly became one of the fastest growing tech companies

Unruly grew from a three person, Shoreditch-based startup to an international company by building a huge data set around the virality of videos. We sat down with Sarah Wood just a few months before Unruly was acquired by News Corp in 2015, and talked about how her business became such a success. Sarah Wood, Matt Cooke […]