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The Big Pitch!

Do you want to win £15.000 to start your own business?

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The Big Pitch is a business ideas and pitching competition that is run by the Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) – part of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School.


The competition is open to ALL current full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at Anglia Ruskin University across all campuses.
You do not need to be a business expert to enter. All you need is a good idea and the passion to want to make it happen.  CEDAR provides the business mentoring and support necessary as the competition progresses.


The only requirement is that you have an original and innovative idea, can show there’s a viable market for your idea and potential for growth.


Round 1 - Video Pitch.  All you have to do is upload a 1-minute video to: website stating your business idea.  The video pitch needs to address the following questions:
  • What’s the idea?
  • What problem does it solve?
  • What’s the market?
  • Why is it different/better?
You can either enter by yourself or as a team (no limit to number of team members)!
The deadline for Round 1 entries is 5pm on Thursday 14th March 2013
Round 2 – The Big Pitch Boot-Camp. After you pass the first round, either by having the most votes (most popular 10 videos) or as decided by our independent panel of judges (15 videos) you will attend a week long boot-camp. Between 8th and 12th April 2013 on the Cambridge campus where you will take part in a variety of interactive business planning seminars and receive mentoring support.  At the end of the boot-camp each you will present your idea to a panel of entrepreneurs who will decide which ones will progress through to the GRAND FINAL.
Round 3 – The Grand Final.  The 6 finalists will pitch their ideas to a judging panel in front of a live audience on the Cambridge campus on 25th April 2013.


The total prize fund is £30,000, which will be split:
  • First prize - £15,000
  • Second prize - £10,000
  • Third prize - £5,000
In addition to receiving the cash prizes to be used to progress their business ideas, all winners will each receive:
  • FREE financial planning workshop with Peters Elworthy & Moore
  • FREE legal workshop with Mills and Reeve
  • FREE business bank account with Barclays
  • Press coverage by
  • Monthly business mentoring by CEDAR team
  • Access to Anglia Ruskin’s pre-incubation space: The StartupLab
For more information please contact Lianne Miller (
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Olurotimi Fadahunsi
2:32pm on 27 Feb 13 This is a great idea, it will help those of us who want to be entrepreneurs to get help in a structured manner to get started right. O. Tolu Fadahunsi
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