Businesses called to take part in West Midlands Dragons Den style competition - The Solihull Observer

Businesses called to take part in West Midlands Dragons Den style competition

Solihull Editorial 18th Feb, 2022   0

ENTREPRENEURS are being called on to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in a Dragons Den style competition at this year’s Venturefest WM.

Now in its seventh year, the final of the Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up 2022 competition will be one of the main attractions at Venturefest WM 2022 and will see businesses get the chance to pitch head-to-head to a variety of investors to win a cash prize, and the ultimate accolade of Pitch Up Champion.

The free to attend event gives entrepreneurs and innovators from across the West Midlands an opportunity to develop and grow their business by meeting with potential investors and other cutting-edge companies.

This year’s event, which is being sponsored and co-hosted by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), takes place on March 24 at the Eastside Rooms on Woodcock Street in Birmingham from 8:30am to 5pm.




The Pitch Up final is expected to attract a large Venturefest audience who will vote to decide who will be crowned the Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up Champion and win the cash prize of £2,500 along with the option of additional support from Minerva Birmingham.

Pitch Up is a collaboration, co-delivered by the Centre for Growth at Aston University, University of Birmingham Enterprise, and Minerva Business Angels, part of the University of Warwick Science Park Ltd.


Sheridan Sulskis, which provides business support and start up commercial loans for small businesses and is a sponsor of this year’s Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up, said: “We are delighted to sponsor Minerva Birmingham’s Pitch Up at Venturefest WM.

“It brings together under one roof regional businesses and support organisations and offers a unique opportunity for businesses to not only connect with the support available to them, but also gives them an opportunity to raise their profiles and gain investment for their business.”

The Venturefest WM 2022 programme will include keynote speakers from a range of sectors including Ian Vickers, chief executive of Metcloud and Emma Jones, chief executive of Enterprise Nation.

There will also be panel discussions and an exhibition of innovative businesses and support for innovative businesses.

For more information about Venturefest WM 2022, click here.

Entrepreneurs wanting to take part in Pitch Up 2022 should fill out the form here by February 28.

To book a place at Venturefest WM click here.

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