The Big Pitch

The Big Pitch is a business ideas competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students, from any faculty or campus at Anglia Ruskin University.

Our aim is simple: we want to find passionate entrepreneurs with exciting, imaginative business ideas and give you the chance to pitch for money and support in order to make it happen. You don't need to be a business expert; all you need is a good idea. Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA) is here to support you through the start-up journey as the competition progresses.

Last year we offered

  • £10,000 prize fund to help launch your business
  • £3,000 Engineers in Business Fellowship - awarded to an engineering student
  • 6 months' free office space in Arise Hubs - Chelmsford or Harlow (valued at £6,000) - awarded to a health, performance, and wellbeing idea
  • Personalised 1-2-1 business support and mentorship
  • Access to expert networks, workshops, and business support groups
  • Membership of the Big Pitch Mastermind group
  • Regular updates about entrepreneurial developments from EEUK.

The Big Pitch 2022 will run from 28 February – 26 May 2022 and is divided into three rounds.

Round 1: The Video Pitch

Submit a 60-second video pitch of your idea to Applications open on Monday 28 February and close on Friday 25 March at 12pm.

You'll be notified by Monday 4 April if you are through to Round 2 – the Virtual Boot Camp.

Round 2: The Virtual Boot Camp

The Virtual Boot Camp will take place from Monday 9 – Friday 13 May 2022, as selected by the public vote and judging panel. Semi-final pitches will take place on 16 – 17 May.

Students with the 20 brightest business ideas will take part in a virtual boot camp.

There'll be a variety of interactive webinars: business planning, financial planning, marketing, presentation and pitching skills. All attendees will deliver a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges followed by a Q&A session. Six of the best will progress to the Grand Final.

You'll be notified by Wednesday 18 May if you are through to the final round.

Round 3: The Big Pitch Virtual Grand Final

Thursday 26 May 2022

The best of the best take the virtual stage to pitch their business idea to an invited panel of judges.

As part of the final you will be asked to submit a two-page business plan and financial forecast. You’ll receive 1-2-1 business support in the lead up to the final pitch. The prize funding of up to £10,000 and other prizes will be shared among the best entries on the night.