The Pitch 2016...the story so far

Over the years The Pitch has helped thousands of small businesses grow, and in that time we’ve done a fair bit of growing ourselves!

Since starting as a pitching competition back in 2008 we’ve evolved into one of the UK’s most exciting small business programmes, geared up to educate, empower and enable entrepreneurs just like you to take your business to the next level.

How do we do this? We run an inspiring programme of activity both online and through our awesome live events, all designed to give you the skills, support and exposure you need to succeed. And the best part? It's all completely free!


Why Enter The Pitch?

Get expert support in Sales, Marketing, Finance, Technology, Legal and People
Build connections and networks that benefit you and your business for years to come
Get exposure and profiling for your small business across national reach
Gain confidence and validation from small business experts, investors and your peers

2016 Timeline

Step 1

Once you've submitted your application our expert team will select 250 of the strongest applicants to go through to the ‘Level Up’ programme

Step 2

Businesses on ‘Level Up’ will be coached through an intensive online programme of support before taking part in one of our immersive business boot camps between September and October.

Step 3

At boot camp the 250 will receive one-on-one mentoring and attend workshops and seminars covering key business areas such as marketing, sales, legal, finance and live pitching. They will then showcase their business in a 90 second pitch that we film.

Step 4

Finally, in November The Pitch Showcase will take place in London, where we’ll celebrate with everyone who took part and showcase the 20 most exciting businesses that came through from the start.

What our contestants think...


Deepak Tailor

"The Pitch is an amazing event with the best entrepreneurs in the UK!"


Olivia Sibony

Grub Club

"The Pitch is a great reminder of how lucky we are as entrepreneurs to be on such an exhilarating roller-coaster journey."


Gareth Craven

Hire an Artist

"Incredible. Life-changing. Self-empowering."


Kon-ick MacFarlane-Hunt

Gamer Social

"The whole day makes you feel like a business rockstar!"