Meet the UK's top five start-ups. Vote for your favourite

These are the five most exciting entrepreneurs in the UK and  the semi-finalists for the Pitch to Rich StartUp award 2014.

The businesses below are competing to win the opportunity to pitch their business idea to Sir Richard Branson and his panel of judges, which include Holly Tucker, co-founder, Peter Williams founder of Jack Wills, Nick Jenkins founder of Moonpig and up and coming fashion designer Dina Toki-O.

The  wining business will win £5,000 of investment, plus mentoring and the opportunity to promote their business across the Virgin brand.

The three video pitches with the most votes will win an invite to pitch for the grand prize. Take a look at the five semi-finalists below and head over to the Virgin Media Pioneers website to cast your vote, you have up until April 23rd to do so.

Peco Poncho

PecoPoncho’s goal is to enhance the customer’s event experience by providing a solution to bad weather while being environmentally aware. PecoPoncho is a brand of disposable rain ponchos, that are 100% biodegradable and compostable.


Skribbies is a kids footwear brand that can be customised every day from new. Draw, wipe, draw. Simple.

With a special wipeable material, magic pens and stickers, kids can draw all over their shoes, wipe off and start again.


Boxhug is First Class Storage by the box and same-day delivery. We collect, safely store and return your stuff from your doorstep. Boxhug is professional, hassle-free storage, by the box. Allowing you to store as little, or as much as you need.



Audiowings aim to revolutionising radio by rethinking how people listen to audio on the move and the role headphones play.

Think Google Glass, but for your ears. Aimed at runners, Audiowings are smart headphones that wirelessly connect directly to platforms like Spotify via 3G.

Packed Munchies

Packed Munches is a subscription service delivering monthly boxes of British treats to expats and Anglophiles craving a taste from home. For the 5.5 million British expats abroad who find themselves homesick and craving familiar foods from home.

Homesick Brits can subscribe monthly, or choose to pay upfront for three or six months.