Innovative start-up businesses can apply for Pitchfest 2019. This free-to-enter pitching competition enables start-up businesses to pitch to influencers and investors. Selected business will also be given guidance and training before the event.

Successful applicants will have access to free, investor readiness workshops provided by The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Companies making it through to the live finals at Venturefest South West, hosted by UK Business Angels Association, will pitch to investors covering product demand, potential for growth, company expertise and competitor advantage.

Applications for Pitchfest 2019 are now closed. We will shortly be announcing the semi finalists so stay tuned.

Pete Morris from Lockabox entered Pitchfest 2016, “Entering Pitchfest was very helpful for our company even though we didn’t win. The feedback we received help us to change the shape of the business and move into new areas, which have proved beneficial for us as a company.”

Pitchfest: The semi-finalists

Pitchfest Judges

Kirsty Semple

Start Up Advisor, Fund Raising and Investment Mentor

Kirsty is a trusted, accomplished chartered accountant and subject matter expert in commercial and public sector accounting, staff management and cross-functional partnering, perfected from over 20 years leading high performance finance teams at prestigious UK and US organisations.
Kirsty has worked across all sizes of business, from advising UK-based owner-managed start-ups to restructuring North American, Asian and EMEA territory offices to achieve maximum growth and profitability. She is currently working as Fundraising Mentor, Growth Advisor and Non-Exec Director to various entrepreneurial and high growth start-ups in the South West.