The launch of Pitch to Rich 2015

What’s the defining characteristic of being an entrepreneur? According to Sir Richard Branson, it’s bravery. Following your dream is exhilarating and exhausting – but all over the UK, small businesses are going for it every day. And now there’s an amazing opportunity for those who dare…

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You might have seen the mysterious video released by Virgin Media Business last week, announcing that something exciting was coming. With people racking their brains on social media trying to figure out the significance of the video and the hashtag #VOOM, it’s been a week of mounting excitement – and now, all has been revealed, after an announcement by Sir Richard Branson last night on Channel 4 and ITV news. Watch the video below to see what it’s all about.

We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of Virgin Media Business’s #VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015, in association with the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn. It’s a nationwide competition to find and support Britain’s brightest businesses – and there’s an incredible and unprecedented £1 million prize fund for the lucky winners.

Pitch to Rich does what it says on the tin; startups and innovators will compete for the chance to pitch their idea to Sir Richard Branson. In addition there will be a regional tour showcasing the amazing talent all over the UK.

There are three categories to enter, and the winners will be picked by Sir Richard Branson and a panel of expert judges in a live final on the 26th June.

Start-Up

This category is for new businesses changing the world that show real potential. The winner will get an amazing £150,000 in marketing support, as well as a year’s mentoring and help from Virgin StartUp’s professional business advisors. Two runners-up will receive £50,000 in marketing support.

New Things

This category is for the disruptive businesses, the big ideas that are going to transform the world as we know it. The winner will get a £50,000 cash prize towards development, as well as mentoring from Virgin’s Investment Team. Two runners-up will receive £10,000 each towards development.

Grow

For already-established businesses that are ready to go big. An incredible £250,000 of marketing support is up for grabs, and two runners-up will receive £100,000 marketing support.

As well as this, all three category winners will receive a whole host of benefits to help them develop their business, including unlimited travel on Virgin Trains for 12 months, a place on the Accelerator Network programme, a full internet and fixed mobile voice package from Virgin Media Business for 12 months, a membership to the not-for-profit private members club at the House of St Barnabas, and a free package of pro bono advice from the ICAEW Business Advice Service.

To get on the shortlist you’ll need to get people voting for you – family, friends, social media followers and more. Make some noise!

Think you’ve got what it takes to Pitch To Rich? Then get on it – you have until 5th May! Enter here and be in with the chance of a lifetime…