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 28 February to 26 May 2022 and is split into 3 rounds.

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

Round 1 (28 February 2022 - 25 March 2022)

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 (9 May 2022 - 18 May 2022)

The Residential Boot Camp: 20 Students with the best ideas will attend a residential boot camp at the Moller Institute in Cambridge on 12 - 14 May 2022.

There'll be a variety of interactive workshops: business planning, financial planning, marketing, presentation and pitching skills. Following this, all semi-finalists will deliver a three-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 (26 May 2022)

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.

The prize money pot of £10,000 will be shared among the best entries on the night. In addition to a cash prize, students will receive free business mentoring and professional advice following on from the competition.

For the third 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.

Hear from our finalists from last year: