The Big Pitch

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The Big Pitch is a business idea and pitching competition to promote student enterprise and entrepreneurship across the University, proud to be the UK's first student enterprise competition to use video pitching and interactive online voting.

The competition offers all Anglia Ruskin students, from undergraduate to PhD, regardless of campus and faculty, the opportunity to win seed funding supplemented with a year of mentoring from the CEDAR entrepreneur in residence network to establish their own business.

The aim is simple: 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.

Launched in 2011, the past six editions have had 404 entries and have allocated a total of £151,000 to 19 students' start-ups, which are mostly still trading and continue benefiting from the mentoring scheme. Please see our winners here:

In addition to the winners, we have contestants who due to the experience and know-how gained during the competition still started their own businesses (e.g. Purechimp or Art for all) or managed to attract ‘angel investment' (University compare) and funding (Acting Now) and since then have gone from strength-to-strength.

The competition runs over a four-month period during second semester and is split into three rounds:
Round 1
The Video Pitch: all entrants upload a one-minute video pitch explaining their idea to: www.thebigpitch.co.uk.

Round 2
Mini Business Plan: the top 25 entrants - 10 chosen by popular vote and 15 selected by a panel of entrepreneurs - are invited to an enterprise bootcamp where they develop an executive summary and pitch this to a panel of experts.

Round 3
Big Final event and LIVE presentations: The top six entrants pitch their business idea to an invited panel of judges in front of a live audience.

The Big Pitch participants share their story

Business student

Science student

Art student