“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."
Steve Jobs


Wednesday 19 February – Friday 20 March

Competition officially opens. Students 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.

Wednesday 19 February

The Big Pitch will launch on the Wednesday 19 February.

Friday 20 March, 12pm

Deadline for ALL video submissions. Voting closes.

20 March – 27 March

Judging – 10 most popular videos will progress to Round 2. Round 1 judges decide on the 10 best remaining business ideas.

Monday 30 March

All 20 successful individuals and / or teams notified and invited into Round 2 of the competition.


Wednesday 8 – Monday 27 April

22 successful individuals and teams will be judged by a panel of judges based on their 60-second video pitches. Due to the government's response to COVID-19, the Residential Boot Camp has been cancelled.

Monday 27 April

10 finalists will be announced.


Friday 1 May

One-to-one consultations on financial forecasts and business plans.

Thursday 7 May

Finalists submit a two-page business plan and financial forecast.

Monday 18 May

Judges deliberate their winners.

Wednesday 20 May

Winners announced via email and social media. The Big Pitch Grand Final has been cancelled due to Anglia Ruskin University's commitment to social distancing.