Pitching for Success

Pitching for Success was to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals. 

The 2019 competition was sponsored by Freeths Solicitors

Pitching for Success

How it works

Companies will pitch either in the morning or afternoon ‘Pitching for Success’ session.  After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to select a winning company for the £1,000 cash prize! 

Each session will include a panel made up of professional funding organisations and investors. Each investor panel speaker will give an overview of what they look for when investing or funding a company.

The session winners going forward to pitch at 15:00 will be announced after each session and will be decided by the investor panel.  These companies will pitch to the audience, who will be provided with a voting system to decide the overall pitch winner on the day.  Freeths Solicitors to present the £1,000 cash prize.

All pitch companies from both sessions will have the opportunity to win one of the ‘Benefits and Training’ prize package (value in excess of £10K) that will also be announced at 15:00.  Decision is by each of the sponsors which including Prodrive Ventures, Metro Bank, KPMG, Richardsons, Dehns and Oxford Innovation.

As well as the live pitches and funder’s panel, the two sessions will conclude with networking in a designated area.  Companies from the two session will be available in this area and be available to network and have 1-2-1’s with Venturefest participants. 

Pitching Companies

Pitching for Success

Support package prizes

All finalist companies have the opportunity to win part of the prize package worth £10,000, including a cash prize of £1,000!

The following organisation have each agreed a prize package of services and training, to be arranged with the winning companies:

Prodrive Ventures will provide12 month of business mentoring support to include regular sessions on product roadmap, commercial strategy, route to market including introduction to key supporting partners as relevant.

Oxford Innovation Centres are offering the use of a professional virtual office service (telephone answering and postal mailing address) for 12 months at one of its 24 Innovation Centres.

Dehns will provide a tailored IP review, assessing existing and potential IP to be delivered within 12 months.

Metro Bank Oxford will engage with one winner to support their needs on a mutually agreed basis.

Richardsons will engage with one winner to support needs on a mutually agreed basis from one of the following: Payroll for up to five employees to March 2020; A review of the company’s eligibility for R&D Tax Credits; or Half a day’s training on the popular Xero cloud-based accounting package.

KPMG will provide a half day ‘finance workshop’ on a mutually agreed basis.

The best potential investment will have the opportunity to pitch at an OION Ltd Showcase event with 6 months of Venturefest.

The on the day cash prize £1,000 winning prize will be presented by Freeths Solicitors, sponsors of Pitching for Success.

What's On

2019 Highlights

Programme Confirmed!

Following its successful event at Oxford Brookes University last year, Venturefest is returning with an extended and attractive new programme in the hope of welcoming old and new friends to join them on 11th September.

Pitching for Success

The 2019 Pitching for Success competition is back and is open for applications! All pitches will be to an audience of investors and support organisations as well as fellow entrepreneurs. Free to enter. Closing date 14th August.

Tickets on sale now!

All tickets include: complimentary bus travel to and from the event, access to all Venturefest Oxford sessions, exhibition, showcase, complimentary tea & coffee, lunch and closing drinks reception.




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Wednesday 11th September 2019
Oxford Brookes University,
Headington Campus