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Get launched with cash prize for business ideas at Venturefest South

News release 10211, published on 08 Jul 2022
Businesses in Basingstoke and Deane will be able to pitch their innovative products or services to be in with a chance of winning a £10,000 cash prize at this year’s Venturefest South.

The annual event, which will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on 17 November 2022, brings together top talent from the region to demonstrate technologies and innovations, allows start-ups to pitch for investment, and matches entrepreneurs and existing businesses with the right organisations to take their businesses to the next level.

As well as getting an opportunity to watch expert speakers, innovation demonstrations, investor pitching sessions and networking opportunities, budding entrepreneurs and established businesses with innovative ideas can take part in the new Battle of the Pitches, sponsored by Catax.

Entrants must have an established local business as well as a 90-second video pitch which sets out how the £10,000 prize would be used if they were to win. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 4 September 2022.

Businesses interested in taking part in the Battle of the Pitches are being invited to get in touch with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Economic Development team who can provide further support such as free pitch coaching. Email to register your interest.

The council is a proud partner of Venturefest South and will be attending as part of the Get Launched Basingstoke collective alongside local organisations such as IncuHive, Tech Juice, Root21, BizSpace and VWorks.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Simon Bound said: “We are delighted to again be partners of Venturefest South as part of the Get Launched collective to promote Basingstoke as a place where start-ups take off and to plug our local innovators and entrepreneurs into this fantastic opportunity for investment and business development.

“As well as providing invaluable opportunities to network, the new Battle of the Pitches gives businesses the chance to win a £10,000 cash prize to support them as they grow their business in the borough. Please get in touch with us as our Economic Development team is on hand to provide support and advice to develop your pitch.”

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