The ultimate purpose of The Big Pitch is to find the most imaginative and passionate entrepreneurs studying at Anglia Ruskin University and give them the early-stage capital, professional advice and space they need to get started.

The 2018 prize fund includes:

  • Win from a pot of £10,000
  • Access to space in The StartupLab
  • One year mentoring from AREA entrepreneurs
  • Additional sponsored prizes for social enterprise:
      •  £3k prize for an innovative solution to a social problem offered by Provide
      • One year’s free membership of the Future Business Centre provided by Allia

Provide is a social enterprise which delivers a broad range of health and social care services in the community encompassing primary care, adult, family and children services, and are committed to making sure that they are safe, responsive and of high quality. They work from a variety of community settings, such as three community hospitals, community clinics, schools, nursing homes and primary care settings, as well as within peoples’ homes to provide over 50 services. They provide services across Essex and in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, as well as the two London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

Allia’s mission is to help people make a positive impact. Our Future Business Centre in Cambridge is a growing community of individuals and companies looking to create a positive impact for people and planet. Through our building and services, we support organisations with social and environmental impact at the heart of their work. We offer business advice and structured accelerator and incubator programmes providing great support opportunities for start-up companies who want to accelerate their businesses. To date we have supported over 1000 social ventures.