At midnight on Wednesday 17th May, entries will close for Virgin Foodpreneur together with intu, the competition to find the best and brightest UK food and drink businesses. It’s the last chance to enter, and to be in the running for some incredible prizes.

In case you needed persuading, here’s a quick rundown on why you should enter…

Why running an intu popup is great for your business
  • Eight semi-finalists will showcase their business at intu retail centres and online for one week, an amazing chance to trade in a prime retail location for free.

  • Four finalists will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch to a panel of expert judges, including Levi Roots (founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce) and Paul Lindley ( founder of Ella’s Kitchen), Instagram star and author Clean Eating Alice, and Jim Cregan (founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee).

  • The winner will get six weeks free pop-up space at an intu location, as well as online – the chance to reach an audience of millions.

  • There are also 18 hours of mentoring on offer from intu executives and Virgin StartUp mentors.

Why you should enter #VirginFoodpreneur 2017

What winners and judges are saying

Levi Roots, entrepreneur and 2017 judge

“I jumped at the chance to join the judging panel for intu and Virgin’s Foodpreneur as I share their passion for supporting new businesses and innovation. This is such a great opportunity to reach millions of new customers within a busy shopping centre environment, so I’d encourage any budding food and drink entrepreneurs to find out how they could be part of this year’s competition.”

Ian O’Donahue, founder of Mr Harry Brompton’s Iced Tea and 2015 winner

“I would encourage anyone thinking of entering Foodpreneur 2017 to sign up for it immediately and hopefully you could go all the way. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even the pitching process is a useful experience if you don’t win. If you do win the reward is a fantastic opportunity to take your business to the next level. Do it now!

"Meeting Sir Richard was inspirational - the energy and the relentless desire to overcome challenges clearly comes through. ‘Screw it, lets do it’ is a phrase frequently said in our office.”

Pippa Murray, founder of Pip & Nut and 2015 winner

“My one piece of advice to anyone entering Foodpreneur 2017 would be to really nail your product and be sure it is better than its competition. If you don't believe your product is the best out there, neither will the person you are pitching to.”

Convinced? Enter Virgin Foodpreneur together with intu here – and good luck!