We would like to acknowledge the commitment of the following sponsors and thank them for offering their services as part of The Big Pitch prize fund.

Sponsored Prizes



Allia is an independent not for profit with a social mission, dedicated to helping impact organisations and initiatives to grow through inspiring workspaces, effective support and innovative social finance. 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. Allia Serious Impact is a business support programme for impact ventures and entrepreneurs. Through Allia’s Serious Impact structured accelerator and incubator programmes we offer a clear pathway to help founders turn their vision into something that creates positive impact and help ventures to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. To date we have supported over 1000 social ventures. www.allia.org.uk  


Provide is a Community Interest Company (social enterprise). A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives. We deliver 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. We 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. We provide services across Essex and in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, as well as the two London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge. We have an income of approximately £54 million, employ over 1,100 people and serve communities with a total population of more than 2 million people. www.provide.org.uk


We would also like to thank the following organisations whose time, energy and support has been integral to this year’s competition.  

Anglia Ruskin Students Union

Anglia Ruskin Students' Union is an independent charity that represents the student voice at Anglia Ruskin whilst providing services and facilities to enhance all students university experience. The SU coordinates all the student course representatives, facilitates the running of sports clubs and societies, runs the volunteering department, the gym on the Cambridge campus as well as the bars and shops in Chelmsford and Cambridge. www.angliastudent.com  

Anglia Ruskin Enterprise society

The Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Society is a student led, non-profit organisation that aims to inspire and develop enterprising culture. They organise extra-curricular events, social meetings, skills development workshops and networking opportunities for career focused and entrepreneurial individuals. The main activities are in Cambridge at the moment but are looking for opportunities to grow in Chelmsford. To find out more and sign up to their newsletter, visit: www.angliaruskinenterprisesociety.co.uk  


ideaSpace, part of the University of Cambridge, is a community of people starting high impact new ventures. ideaSpace members are creating new business models which have the potential to benefit millions of people within a few years of start-up. As well as providing office space and resources for anyone looking to start a new, high impact company in Cambridge, ideaSpace works with governments, agencies and higher education institutions to develop policies, strategies and programmes to support a thriving start-up sector. They also inform, and provide cases for research and development activities at the University of Cambridge relating to early-stage ventures and their ecosystems. www.ideaspace.cam.ac.uk