The Pitch - Britain’s biggest small business competition

Taking your business to the next level

It’s our 10th anniversary! This year is going to be the biggest and best yet! Join us, be a part of something amazing and celebrate a decade of supporting entrepreneurs, just like you.

Could you be the next Pitch Champion?

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 a decade ago 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!

Start your application for the Pitch now!

Why enter The Pitch?

Get expert support in business critical areas: 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

2017 Timeline

Apr

Applications for the Pitch 2017 open in April! Don’t miss your chance at being our 10th anniversary champion. Entries close 31 Aug!

Sept

We'll be announcing the 50 top businesses who'll be taken through to the Pitch bootcamp in London

Sept

Our top 50 will receive intensive business workshops, 1-2-1 coaching. You'll then showcase your business in a 90 second pitch live on stage!

Oct

The Pitch Showcase in London! We'll celebrate everyone who took part and the 15 most exciting businesses will pitch to become the 2017 champion!

What our contestants think...

Paola Dyboski-Bryant

Dr Zigs

"A seriously valuable experience. Learnt loads, was totally inspired, and made great contacts along the way. Best small business competition out there."

Sam Kopelman

La Belle Assiette

"Sorry for the cliche - but it really is a competition where the taking part is all that matters!"

Gareth Craven

Hire an Artist

"Honestly even if you don't win, even if you don't get a prize, the people and the environment there is so incredible - there's nothing else quite like it."

Liam Dickerson

Housekeep

"Everybody wins at the Pitch. Joined Britain's hottest small business entrepreneurs to hone our knowledge and perfect our pitches."

The Pitch sponsors and supporters

We're over the moon to be partnering with Propel by Deloitte as Headline Sponsor for the Pitch 2017!

For ambitious start-ups and small businesses - Propel offers a service designed to support you as you grow.

Taking the burden of bookkeeping off your hand­­­s and managing all your accounting essentials is just the beginning. With a designated finance expert at your side, we’re also committed to bringing you insight that will help your business grow. From bespoke data analytics to help you track how your business is performing today, to a whole range of growth planning support to help you forecast for tomorrow.