VOOMing to a Guinness World Record
Last week, as part of Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016, history was made with a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the longest business pitch marathon.
Our own Head of Investment Andy Fishburn, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company Julie Deane, and Managing Director of Virgin Media Business Peter Kelly, smashed the previous record of 25 hours by four hours and 51 minutes, watching the 160 businesses who made it through the initial stages of Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 pitch in an attempt to get through to the next stage of the competition.
We were thrilled to see that we didn’t just have a Virgin StartUp team member judging the entrants – we also had Virgin StartUp-funded businesses pitching. Some of the businesses that pitched to the judging panel include Morse Toad’s Marvellous Messaging, a service creating personalised messages from chocolate, and Bore Off, a clothing brand based on the popular phrase that’s winning celebrity fans.
In the words of Sir Richard Branson, who’s no stranger to breaking world records: “Guinness World Records titles are tangible proof that humans can achieve incredible things if we work together and put our minds to it. Nobody breaks records – or builds successful businesses – without being dedicated, and Virgin Media Business and all of those who pitched have demonstrated this perseverance in spades.”
Huge congratulations to Andy and the rest of the judges – the semi-finalists will be announced very soon!