How to grow a kick-ass team

The Pitch Live! 20 June 2018 – Shoreditch, London

Thanks for your interest in The Pitch Live. The event’s over now. Sign-up to our mailing list to get updates on future events or you can enter The Pitch.


We’re really excited to host an afternoon of frank discussions about crowdfunding, government support and the challenges of starting up at The Pitch Live.

The leaders behind Crowdcube, Creative England, Kashflow and more will share their advice. And we’re welcoming five entrepreneurs to pitch for a wildcard entry to the final.

This event is aimed at people in the early stages of building a business. You’ll get to network, meet successful entrepreneurs and there’s even beer and free pizza at the end.

It’s on Wednesday 20 June 2018 from 13:30 – 20:00 at Shoreditch Studios. The speaker line-up includes:

  • Matt Cooper, chief commercial officer of Crowdcube
  • Pippa Murray, founder of Pip & Nut
  • Calum Brannan, CEO and co-founder of No Agent
  • Duane Jackson, founder of Kashflow and Supdate
  • Mehjabeen Patrick, CFO and COO of Creative England
  • Anne Boden, CEO and founder of Starling Bank
  • Rebecca Burn-Callander, enterprise editor at Daily Telegraph
  • Ed Reeves, director and co-founder of Moneypenny
  • Eric Partaker, CEO and co-founder of Chilango

The event is sponsored by the amazing team at Propel by Deloitte. They provide real-time accounting and analytics to support ambitious startups as they grow.

[tt-event url=’https://www.tickettailor.com/new-order/166140/a7a2/ref/website_widget_long/’ minimal=’true’ bg_fill=’false’ show_logo=’false’ ]

What the day looks like

1. Running a successful crowdfunding campaign

We’re bringing crowdfunding experts together to talk about valuations, marketing and what it takes to navigate the crowdfunding valley of death.

  • Matt Cooper, chief commercial officer of Crowdcube
    • Crowdcube is the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, helping startups and growing businesses raise the finance they need.
  • Pippa Murray, founder of Pip & Nut
    • All natural nut butter and nut milk brand Pip & Nut is stocked by Holland & Barrett, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Selfridges and more. Pip & Nut crowdfunded £120,000.
  • Calum Brannan, CEO and co-founder of No Agent
    • No Agent’s changing the way rental properties are managed using a mix of AI, automation and excellent people. No Agent crowdfunded £1.5m and was a finalist in The Pitch 2017.
  • Eric Partaker, CEO and co-founder of Chilango
    • Fresh Mexican food chain Chilango has 11 restaurants and has been voted London’s best burritos by Time Out, The Evening Standard and more. Chilango crowdfunded over £15m in debt and equity.

2. The other side of the table with Duane Jackson

  • Duane Jackson, founder of Kashflow and Supdate
    • Duane founded KashFlow using a loan from The Prince’s Trust and went on to sell it for a reported £20m. Since then he’s launched Supdate and invested in several businesses. We’re going to talk about the challenges he’s overcome on this amazing journey.

3. The Pitch Wildcard pitching session

Five entrepreneurs will get to test their mettle on stage. The startup with the most audience votes gets a wildcard spot at The Pitch Final in November. Complete an application to get your chance to take part.

4. Getting government support and investment

  • Mehjabeen Patrick, CFO and COO of Creative England
    • Creative England is a national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in creative industries. Mehjabeen’s heard hundreds of startups pitch for support and is a judge of The Pitch 2018.
  • Tarryn Gorre, CEO and co-founder of Kafoodle
    • Kafoodle’s innovative software provides companies and consumers insight into the content of their meals. The startup received Innovate UK funding and took part in the Export for Growth Programme. Kafoodle was The Pitch 2016 winner.
  • Matt Dyson, co-founder and CEO of Rockit
    • Child sleep aid manufacturer Rockit has sold 27,000 units and distributed in 10 countries in its first year. The Pitch 2017 finalist was supported by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade.

5. What to include in a startup pitch

  • Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor at Daily Telegraph
    • Rebecca covers small business issues for national newspapers, TV and radio. She was a judge of The Pitch 2017 and is back by popular demand to host our pitching panel.
  • Ed Reeves, director and co-founder of Moneypenny
    • Ed boostrapped Moneypenny with his sister and built the business to over 650 employees. He’s a judge of The Pitch 2018.
  • Gemma Taylor, Technology Lead of Propel by Deloitte
    • Propel provides real-time accounting and analytics to support ambitious startups as they grow. Gemma run the development of their tech and a judge of The Pitch 2018.
  • Anne Boden, CEO and founder of Starling Bank
    • Anne’s vision for Starling is to build the best bank account in the world and it has already grown to 100,000 account holders. Anne was previously COO of Allied Irish Banks and is a judge of The Pitch 2018.
  • Chieu Cao, Co-founder and CMO of Perkbox
    • Perkbox is the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits provider. The 100 employee, three-year-old company has raised over £11m. Chieu is a judge of The Pitch 2018.

6. Beers and pizza

Did we mention there’s beer and free pizza?! 

[tt-event url=’https://www.tickettailor.com/new-order/166140/a7a2/ref/website_widget_long/’ minimal=’true’ bg_fill=’false’ show_logo=’false’ ]