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16th Nov 2016  |  York Racecourse

PITCHFEST

PitchFest is an investment competition with a £5,000 cash prize and 12 months of support to realise your business plan.

It will also connect you with real investors, interested in your ideas. This competition is open to any business or individual in the Yorkshire region looking for support to develop innovative ideas, or to get investment to grow your ideas.

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Stage 1: Application

Competition Launch: 22nd Jun '16

Application form

Cut-off date for applications: 16th Sep '16
Screening by our selection panel ; notifications: 23rd Sep '16

Workshop
30th Sep '16

10 - 12 potentially investor ready applications will be invited along for a 1 day workshop, designed to help with advice and coaching:

  • business plans
  • formulating your pitch
  • presentation skills
  • investor readiness
  • exhibiting skills
  • people
  • premises
  • personal presentation
  • market testing
  • routes to funding : mainstream & alternative : incl. crowdfunding

Where appropriate, the businesses reaching workshop stage will be presented in a portfolio which will be put in front of real potential investors. If they express an interest, 1-2-1 meetings will be set up at Venturefest Yorkshire in the 'Investors Lounge'.

Stage 2: The Pitch-Off
7th Oct '16

  • Closed session in front of the judging panel
  • 5 minute pitches
  • The Top 5 finalists will go forward to pitch at Venturefest Yorkshire 2016
  • The othes will be offered 1 min pitches in "The Elevator".

Stage 3: The Live Finals
7th Oct '16

Showcase: All 5 finalists get a free showcase stand at Venturefest Yorkshire (work £1,000)
Public pitch competition: in the main auditorium, 11:00 - 12:00

  • Pitches = 6min + 1 min Q + A [x5]
  • 'Peoples Prize' by audience vote
    • Prize = Strategy Development package from Tendo (worth £3,000)
      (a series of sessions with a professional strategic development expert)
  • Overall Winner : chosen by judging panel
    • Cash prize of £5,000
    • Plus a 12 months business support package to help you realise your plans
    • Assigned 2 local business mentors.
    • Min 1/4ly meetings to provide advice, guidance & assistance
    • 3 feature publications in partner business publications (after the event announcing the winner, and at 3 & 6 months) to report on progess & help promote the business.
    • A free stand at Venturefest Yorkshire 2017 (worth at least £1,000)

The Investors Lounge
16th Nov '16

Connection to real investors.
Private meetings with interested investors.
Pre-arranged, based on investors expressing an interest from the portfolio of participating businesses.

The Elevator
16th Nov '16

1 minute in our "elevator" with a real investor. It could just be the best 1 minute you ever spent.

VENTUREFEST IS FOR

Entrepreneurs

You have a business and want to grow it.

Innovators

You have an idea and want to know how to turn it into a business?

Investors

You are looking for a business to back.

Creatives

Have ideas to share for blending creativity and business strategy?

Service providers

Help, guidance and support for businesses.

INNOVATION SHOWCASE

The Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for new start-ups (or even pre-start-up) to showcase your innovative business idea at a major business event.

The Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Yorkshire will have approx. 20 showcase stands, paid for by our sponsor, Hiscox, so your participation is FREE, if you are selected.

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... our selection panel will consider applications and award the places.

Being in the showcase will put you in front of an audience of real investors and provide you with help, support and guidance to develop your business.

There is also a competitive element, with a £1,000 cash prize being awarded by the panel to the participant that impresses them most on the day.

Entry is open to any kind of business or individual in the Yorkshire region for early stage support to develop innovative ideas.

Stage 1: Application

Competition Launch: 22nd Jun '16

Application form

Cut-off date for applications: 16th Sep '16

Screening by our selection panel ; notifications: 23rd Sep '16

Workshop
30th Sep '16

Successful applications will be invited along for a 1 day workshop, - designed to help with advice and coaching:

  • business plans
  • formulating your pitch
  • presentation skills
  • investor readiness
  • intellectual property
  • routes to funding : mainstream & alternative : incl. crowdfunding
  • exhibiting skills
  • people
  • premises
  • personal presentation

A free Pop-Up banner is included : we will help you design it, and produce it for you ready for the show.

Where appropriate, the businesses reaching workshop stage will be offered representation in a portfolio which will be put in front of real potential early stage investors. If they express an interest, 1-2-1 meetings will be set up at Venturefest Yorkshire in the ‘Investors Lounge’ or ‘The Elevator’.

Stage 2
16th Nov '16

Showcase : All finalists get a free showcase stand at Venturefest Yorkshire ( worth £1,000 )

  • 1 Overall Winner will be chosen by our judges
    • Cash prize of £1,000
    • Feature article on the Venturefest Yorkshire website and business publications

The Investors Lounge
16th Nov '16

Connection to real early stage investors.
Private meetings with interested investors.
Pre-arranged, based on investors expressing an interest from the portfolio of participating businesses.

'The Elevator'
16th Nov '16

1 minute in our “elevator” with a real investor. It could just be the best 1 minute you ever spent.

The Judges : to be announced : will include the competition Sponsors and leaders from the Yorkshire business community.

Contact us:
showcase@venturefestyorkshire.net

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enquiries@venturefestyorkshire.net

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