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Bristol to host entrepreneurial extravaganza with 275,000 investment up for grabs

Published on Thursday, 27th June 2013
Small business owners from across Britain will descent on Bristol in September when one of Britain's longest running enterprise competitions returns to its home town. Application deadline 30th June!

Small business owners from across Britain will descend on Bristol in September when one of Britain’s longest running enterprise competitions returns to its home town.

The Pitch, organised by BusinessZone.co.uk, started as a small event in Bristol in 2008. It has since grown into a nationwide competition that has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Like in previous years, the champion of The Pitch 2013, sponsored by Constant Contact, Alibaba.com and ICAEW will receive business support worth thousands of pounds including mentoring from serial entrepreneur and Crowdmission.com founder Karen Darby and a day with the founder of phenomenally successful business Morphsuits.

But for the first time in the competition's history, an investment panel including Bristol entrepreneur and Sift founder Ben Heald and investors from Heron Capital Partners have come on board with £275,000 to invest in at least one company taking part in the competition.

Interested entrepreneurs need to apply at www.thepitchuk.com/enter by 30 June 2013 after which up to 50 shortlisted contestants will be selected to compete at The Pitch Live at Paintworks in Bristol on 25 September. Five finalists will then compete in the grand final for the package of support.

At The Pitch Live, the investment panel will announce which companies they are interesting in backing.

Dan Martin, editor of BusinessZone.co.uk and founder of The Pitch, said: "Our competition had very humble beginnings and I never imagined how much it would grow.

"We are delighted to back for a sixth year in our home town of Bristol. The investment we have on offer is just the injection Britain’s innovative small firms need to grow.

"But The Pitch 2013 isn't just about the contestants. We are on a mission to help as many small business owners as possible by providing advice and making connections.

"The Pitch Live on 25 September will be our biggest live event yet and we can't wait to welcome hundreds of entrepreneurs to Bristol, a city oozing creativity and enterprise."