The Big Pitch is a business idea competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin University across all campuses.
Our aim is simple: we want to find passionate entrepreneurs with exciting, imaginative business ideas and give them the chance to pitch for the money and support they need to make it happen. Entrants do not need to be a business expert to participate; all they need is a good idea. AREA provides the business mentoring and support necessary as the competition progresses. You can also enter as a team too!
The competition will run from 19 February to 20 May and is split into 3 rounds.
Register your interest at arul.ink/the-big-pitch.
Round 1 (19 February 2020 - 20 March 2020)
The Video Pitch: Submit a 60-second video pitch of your idea. Applications open on 19 February and close on 20 March at 12pm. You'll be notified by 10 April if you are through to round 2 – the Residential Boot Camp.
Round 2 (23 April 2020 - 25 April 2020)
The Residential Bootcamp: Students with the 20 best ideas will take part in a two-day residential boot camp at the Moller Centre, in Cambridge.
There'll be a variety of interactive seminars: business planning, financial planning, marketing, presentation and pitching skills. Following this, all attendees deliver a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges followed by ten minutes of Q&A. Six of the best will progress to the final.
Round 3 (20 May 2020)
The Big Pitch Grand Final: The best of the best take centre stage as they pitch their business idea in front of a panel of judges and live audience, supported by fellow contestants.
The prize money pot of £10,000 will be shared among the best entries on the night. In addition to a cash prize, there's the benefit of free business mentoring and professional advice.
- This year, for the second year running, The Big Pitch is proud to announce an additional sponsored prize for engineering students: a cash prize of £3,000 from the Engineers in Business Fund for an engineering student or team.
The Big Pitch participants share their story: