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 you 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 1 March to 20 May and is split into 3 rounds.

Register your interest at arul.ink/the-big-pitch.

Round 1 (1 March 2021 - 25 March 2021)

The Video Pitch: Submit a 60-second video pitch of your idea. Applications open on 1 March and close on 25 March at 12pm. You'll be notified by 10 April if you are through to round 2 – the Residential Boot Camp.

Round 2 (12 April 2020 - 16 April 2020)

The Virtual Bootcamp: Students with the 20 best ideas will take part in a virtual boot camp.

There'll be a variety of interactive webinars: 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 (3 June 2020)

The Big Pitch Grand Final: The best of the best will 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.

Click on the following link to find out how to Enter or, if you already know, enter now!

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