The Big Pitch

The Big Pitch is a business idea competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin University, from any faculty or campus.

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 that they need to make it happen. You don't need to be a business expert; all you need is a good idea. AREA provides the business mentoring and support necessary as the competition progresses.

The competition will run from 8 February 2018 to 2 May 2018 and is divided into three rounds.

Round 1: the Video Pitch

8 February 2018–22 March 2018

Submit a 60-second video pitch of your idea to website.

You'll be notified by 9 April if you are through to round 2 – the bootcamp.

Round 2: the Bootcamp

13 April 2018–18 April 2018, as selected by the public vote and expert judges

The 25 best entrants attend a two-day residential Bootcamp at the Moller Centre in Cambridge. They'll take part in a variety of interactive seminars: 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: The Big Pitch Final

2 May 2018

The best of the best take centre stage as they pitch their business idea in front of an invited 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 they will also benefit from free business mentoring, professional advice and access to The StartupLab, AREA’s student enterprise incubator.

This year, for the third time in a row, The Big Pitch is proud to announce two additional sponsored prizes for social enterprise: a cash prize of £3,000 for an innovative solution to a social problem offered by Provide and one year’s free membership of The Future Business Centre in Cambridge provided by Allia.

Find out how to enter.

The Big Pitch participants share their story

The Big Pitch will launch Thursday 8February2018

Sign-up now via or contact to find out more.