The Pitch

The Pitch 2023 Leaderboard

Over 500 startup founders from across the UK entered The Pitch 2023. We’ve chosen the top 60 to pitch at our regional semi-finals, where they will have just 90 seconds to convince a panel of investors that their business deserves to make it to The Pitch Final.

This year’s startups are developing innovations that tackle global challenges, including eco-friendly electric aircrafts, bioplastics made from seaweed and a platform for size-inclusive clothes-swapping.

Each startup will be judged based on the following criteria and given an overall score:

  1. The idea: Is the business solving a problem consumers care about?
  2. Proof of traction: How much demonstrable market interest is there?  
  3. The team: Is the founding team right for the challenge?
  4. The pitch: How strong is their pitch?

Couldn’t make our events? We’ll keep this page updated with the winner from each regional final, plus all the pitching videos and judging scores. Bookmark it now!

The Pitch Final

On Thursday 19th October, the final eight startups who’ve made it from a selection of over 500 applications and through our regional finals, will pitch to a team of top investors for a chance to be the winner of The Pitch 2023.

Our fantastic judging panel will be on hand to give their thoughts on the pitches and decide who will be this year’s winner:

πŸ‘‰ Sherry Coutu CBE, entrepreneur & angel investor
πŸ‘‰ Jamie Crummie, Co-Founder at Too Good To Go
πŸ‘‰ Eshita Kabra, Founder & CEO at By Rotation
πŸ‘‰ Kirsty Macdonald, Principal at JamJar Investments
πŸ‘‰ Tom March, Founder and Managing Partner at Redrice Ventures
πŸ‘‰ Simon Squibb, investor & Founder at HelpBnk

The final startups pitching are:

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Twinn Health
Flux Aviation
Three Robins
The People’s Choice winner (TBC)

Throughout September, we had our regional finals across the country. Here are all the details for each regional final:

Bristol regional final

On Tuesday 5th September, the most exciting startups in the South West gathered at Origin Workspace in Bristol to pitch to three top investors.

The judges were angel investors and entrepreneurs from the area:

πŸ‘‰ Sam Simpson, CEO at FounderCatalyst
πŸ‘‰ Amy Newton, founder of Newton’s Theory and co-founder of Inclusive Angels
πŸ‘‰ Adam Watts, Mercia Asset Management

CompanyPitch videoScore
Discovry Watch video38
Good WithWatch video48
Hello StrangerWatch video32
Human BeautyWatch video47
KEVRIWatch video47
PANDEKWatch video27
Shop with SwoopWatch video43
πŸ‘‘ ShrootWatch video50
YEET AerospaceWatch video43

London regional final 1

Our London regional finals took place on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September at Runway East Borough Market.

Judging the first London regional final were:

πŸ‘‰ Ritam Gandhi, founder of Studio Graphene
πŸ‘‰ Eva Tarasova from Wharton Asset Management
πŸ‘‰ Mike Martin, Director of Investment at True Global

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ArcXWatch video44
Big Sister SwapWatch video39
BondGeekWatch video43
CLIP EnergyWatch video44
πŸ‘‘ ElifintyWatch video46
The Gut FeelingWatch video43
MyArcWatch video44
The WIPWatch video34
YendyWatch video43

London regional final 2

The judges for the second London regional final were:

πŸ‘‰ Margaret Anne Coyle, Co-Founder and CEO at Hotbed
πŸ‘‰ Tania Rahman, Investment Manager at Praetura
πŸ‘‰ Anthony Rose, Founder of SeedLegals

CompanyPitch videoScore
Electric SheepWatch video40
FluffyWatch video44
GrazerWatch video37
HoopsyWatch video39
HyperTribeWatch video43
KiDSiEWatch video43
Kind2Watch video38
KitUp AdventuresWatch video40
MiiCareWatch video47
PraeferreWatch video33
πŸ‘‘ Twinn HealthWatch video53

Birmingham regional final

The Birmingham regional took place at The Jointworks on Tuesday 12th September. Judging the event was:

πŸ‘‰ Craig McVoy, Founder at Turnkey
πŸ‘‰ Colin Weston, General Partner at NewFin Capital
πŸ‘‰ Tom Field, Business Development Team Leader at Seedrs

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10mg PharmaWatch video30
Earth’dWatch video45
TheFitnessPortalWatch video33
πŸ‘‘ Flux AviationWatch video48
Meka ToysWatch video29
MEXI-KITWatch video35
Rest SpaceWatch video38
Tweak LifeWatch video34

Manchester regional final

The Manchester regional final took place at UseSpace on Wednesday 13th September. The judges were:

πŸ‘‰ Jessica Jackson, Investment Manager at Praetura Ventures
πŸ‘‰ Kiran Mehta, Investment Manager at Mercia Asset Management
πŸ‘‰ Oli Connolly, Investment Director at Fearless Adventures

CompanyPitch videoScore
BeGreatFitnessWatch video43
BodiiWatch video42
πŸ‘‘ EdenFiftyOneWatch video51
FassionWatch video42
GigMateWatch video40
Health ListWatch video41
mindcubesWatch video37
SamdaiWatch video36
ValArtWatch video36
Xana MedtecWatch video34

Edinburgh regional final

The Edinburgh regional final took place on Thursday 14th September at The Melting Pot.

Judging the Edinburgh regional final were:

πŸ‘‰ Mary Jane Brouwers, Associate at Mint Ventures
πŸ‘‰ Barry McCulloch, Senior Manager Scotland at British Business Bank
πŸ‘‰ David Saunders, ecosystem manager at Barclays Eagle Labs

CompanyPitch videoScore
AnsearchWatch video37
πŸ‘‘ FodiliciousWatch video51
Lokali.ShopWatch video36
MagPyeWatch video48
SleeplWatch video43
Sunsave SolutionsWatch video45
πŸ‘‘ Three RobinsWatch video50

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