Pitch to Rich
Calling all start ups, companies who are growing and people who simply have brilliant ideas that they want to turn into reality. Contagious has partnered with Virgin Media Business on its Pitch To Rich competition to find brilliant business ideas in the UK
There are three categories in the competition, each with prizes including cash investments and mentoring from Virgin's business team. Entrants can come from any category but must be UK-based businesses and entrants must be UK residents aged 18 and over.
GROW: Enter if you're an ambitious business of any size with a focus on growth - be it international expansion, recruiting staff members, shifting more products or increasing your marketing and awareness. One winning company will receive a £250,000 marketing campaign, and two runners up will receive £100,000 campaigns to push their company to the next stage.
START-UP: Winners will be a start-up company with serious ambition and strategy. The selected company will have a great idea as well as an impressive team and plan. They'll receive a £150,000 marketing campaign to propel them to stardom as well as mentoring and business advice from Virgin. Two runners up will grab £50,000 campaigns.
NEW THINGS: This could be simply a kernal of an idea or fully-fledged company - the main thing is it's exciting, radical and has never been done before. The winner will receive a £50,000 cash prize to bring their idea to life as well as tailored mentoring and a host of other start-up essentials. Two further runners up will each scoop £10,000 cash.
The top 50 pitches based on online voting from the public (and your fans) for each of the three categories will be assessed by the judges to decide who gets through to the semi-finals and ultimately win a chance to pitch live to Richard Branson on 26th June. Entries are now open, and you've got until 5th May to get your submission in, including videos, pictures, your company vision and why you think you should win. But the sooner you enter the sooner you can start racking up vital votes to get you to the next stage.