Monday 6th February 2017, 5pm onwards

Competition officially opens. Entrants can submit a 1-minute video pitch via the website. The public can provide opinion and feedback on video submissions. Open to all and can be watched and reviewed by all.

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 4.30-6pm, MAB 111

The Big Pitch Open – How to enter

Thursday 9th February 2017, 4.30-6.00pm, LAB 107

The Big Pitch Open – How to enter

Monday, 27th February 2017, 12-1pm

Brainstorming ideas with FST students in Chelmsford
Book your place here: https://bigpitchfst-chelmsford.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 4-5pm

Brainstorming ideas with FST students in Cambridge
Book your place here: https://bigpitchfst-cambridge.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday 13th March 2017, 5pm

Deadline for ALL video submissions. Voting closes.

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 5pm

10 most popular videos that will progress to Round 2 selected.

14th – 24th March 2017

Judging – Round 1 judges decide on the 15 best remaining business ideas.

Friday 24th March 2017

All 25 successful individuals and / or teams notified and invited into Round 2 of the competition.


Thursday 30th – Friday 7th April 2017

Successful individuals and teams attend a business planning bootcamp event hosted at Cambridge campus.

Thursday 30th & Friday 31st  March 2017

Training on: business planning, marketing, presentation skills, finance and social enterprise.

Thursday 6th & Friday 7th April 2017

Candidates deliver a 5-minute pitch to a panel of judges, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Friday 7th April 2017, 6pm

Finalists decided and announced.


Monday 24th April 2017

Finalists submit a 2 page business plan and 3 year financial forecast.

Thursday 27th April 2017

One to one consultations on the final pitches

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 – 5pm

Dress rehearsal for the Big Pitch Final

Thursday 4th May 2017 – 5:30pm – 9:30pm

BIG PITCH FINAL hosted at Cambridge campus.