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Pitch to Rich competition: Win the chance to pitch to Richard Branson

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Pitch to Rich competition: Win the chance to pitch to Richard Branson

If you want to apply to this year's competition, Pitch to Rich 2015, click here.

Are you an entrepreneur who’d love the chance to pitch to Richard Branson? Last year’s Pitch to Rich competition was such a success amongst Pioneers that we’re running it again and making it even bigger and better for 2014.

Starting today, we’re launching a nationwide search to find the best and most innovative entrepreneurs in the UK, and offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win start-up investment from Sir Richard Branson.

Championing undiscovered talent

Virgin Media Pioneers proudly champions undiscovered talent. We support entrepreneurs and businesses that embody the Virgin spirit of enterprise and we’re always looking for new opportunities that will benefit the Pioneers community. That’s why, in 2012, we came up with the Pitch to Rich competition. After all, the best opportunity we can offer Pioneers is the chance to pitch to our very own Pioneer-at-Large, Sir Richard Branson.

Two award categories

This year, we have expanded the competition from a single award to two exciting award categories.

The Start Up Award:
In partnership with Virgin StartUp, the award is for businesses in their first 12 months of trading. It is open to entrepreneurs with any type of early stage business that meets the Government Start Up Loans scheme criteria. Every entrant in England will also be supported in an application to seek funding and a business mentor with the newly formed Virgin StartUp not-for-profit organisation.

The Innovation Award:
Successfully trading small technology businesses looking to make the next leap forward should enter in this category. The winner will be offered free enrolment to the Accelerator Academy – a London-based, established 12-week, high-growth training and mentoring programme for ambitious digital entrepreneurs with training, mentoring free workspace and access to capital. All semi-finalists will receive an HP tablet to help them manage their businesses.

Starting a business with very little capital is something I can relate to but with a little backing early on and the right idea, anything is possible. I’m looking forward to meeting more of Britain’s best young entrepreneurs through the Start Up Award.

The Innovation Award is about propelling the next great British tech business forward so we’re looking for disruptive businesses who could one day give Silicon Valley a run for their money - Sir Richard Branson


Prize winning pitches

If you’re a UK business and you've been looking for an opportunity to pitch to Sir Richard Branson, then you’re in luck. A panel of judges will select a shortlist of ten businesses from the initial written entries - five in each of the two award categories. Each of the businesses on the shortlist will be asked to submit a 1 minute video pitch.

The call for written entries closes at midday on 7th April 2014. Five entrepreneurs will be shortlisted for each award and asked to prepare 1 minute pitch videos to face a public vote.

The video pitches from the ten shortlisted entrants will be shared on the Pioneers site and put to the public vote. The three entrepreneurs with the most votes in each category by 22nd April will then pitch for money-can’t buy advice and support on 13th May at the Branson family home in Oxfordshire.

What the finalists will win

The winning prize package for each award includes £5,000 of investment plus mentoring, including legal, branding and marketing advice, as well as an opportunity for the winners to build their network and raise their profile in order to further their prospects.

Entrants must be:

• A UK resident with a UK based business
• Aged 18 years or over
• A registered Virgin Media Pioneer (free to register, click here)
• Available 13th May 2014 for a live pitching event in Oxfordshire
• Agree to the Terms and Conditions of the competition

Apply now

To enter the Pitch to Rich 2014 competition, fill in the form below.

Pitch to Rich 2014 entry form

For full Terms and Conditions, click here.

The deadline for entries is midday on 7th April 2014.

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I am not sure the Pitch to Rich fits what I am trying to achieve and what I believe.

I need someone to give me advice on the best way to get something in front of Sir Richard for his consideration.

I do however have an idea that I believe Sir Richard Branson will agree has real mileage and potentially create a new division within the Virgin empire of companies.

Please can I ask any suggestion on how I can get my approach to Sir Richard.

Kind Regards
Mark Scott
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Why did I join? Aren't Canadians innovative?
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Hi my name is Shane Jarvis, I am the CEO of i am disappointed as i cannot enter this competition even though my design idea is about developing a phone all i need is the funding the manufacturing process is currently on hold. Well i cannot enter this competition as i am only 17 Smiley Sad Is there anything you suggest? I was really looking forward to this as i absolutely love Virgin and it would have been a great experience.

Shane Jarvis
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A long shot - in the likelihood this would be read:

What does one do, when they have put together a life-changing day, brought in top experts for free in body, mind and spirit to educate and inspire people.

Partnered with a charity to donate a portion of the ticket sales and help others, but no one is buying?

Where does one do? when my business is about is making a difference.
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Hi Shane,

Thanks for getting in touch. We're going to look into some other opportunities for you.
New and Networking
Of course! This is an opportunity for businesses based in the UK. However, we have lots of opportunities throughout the year.
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Hi Mark,

You can submit a proposal in a number of ways. This is the link you'll need

Good luck!
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This glitch has now been resolved by the company hosting the form so please try again.

Thanks for persevering!
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We're sure they are all really appreciative - as are we! Thanks for being a Virgin Media Pioneer and for all of your support Smiley Happy
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I follow twitter and facebook and also frequent your website. Business tips, stories and ides always inspire me. At the end of the day, I live just across the waters (Tortola) from one of your lovely business but still am not eligible for business assistance – startup, partnership etc. As a resident of Tortola, and a holder of an Antiguan passport, may I ask, if I am eligible for any of the business opportunities or programmes? Thanks
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Is there a comp this year to win £5000, if so could you mail me the details please. Edward hannan. Works wonders,fire suppression systems. tel 01209 218490.

Thanks ed
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How do you view this form? has the competition final entry date been brought forward? it says the form is private and not to be viewed by the public
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Hello Richard,

I have have been investigating alternative methods of electricity production, I believe that I have a product that is like no other in the renewable energy and self perpetual electricity production industries.

It requires zero electrical input and it can either be partly managed for continual production or entirely self perpetuating.

If you would like to arrange a meeting or a call initially, feel free to reply when you can.

Kind Regards
Phil Loukaides
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The entry form states the form is private, so at the moment I'm unable to fill in the application.
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Hi Judy, this is for last year's Pitch to Rich - visit for more info, cheers!
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This form is currently private and cannot be viewed by the public.
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Can I pitch for this years if so how and when many thanks as I would like to make 72 work placement employ over a 100 people and grow what I'm working to wards many thanks
"Be part of some thing good"
Kind regards
Jason Cook
Author helpping against the war on drugs.
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Hi everyone - this is last year's form. Please go to to enter this year.
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All that hassle for only £5k? Really??! It's a shame since this amount of money is not a capital to start up a company. Shame... I was about to enter bit no point, given my business needs around £40k.
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great idea this we would love to enter!
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Hi there,

This is for last year's competition. The prize fund is actually £1 million this year. Visit to find out more. Thanks
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why do entreprenaurs have to be young?
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and the Aussie dollar is low right now
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