Congratulations Big Pitchers!
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Big Pitch. Monday 10 October was the big day where business plans that had been worked on over the summer went up against each other to win the grand prize of a £3,000 grant.
Once again, Essex students were tremendous in getting through to the Big Pitch 2016 and pitching for up to £3,000 for their business ideas.
Twenty-three teams attended the two-day Essex Startups Bootcamp in June 2016 where they worked on developing their business ideas and branding. Despite soaring 30 degree temperatures outside, everyone involved remained focused and productive.
Seven teams made it through to the final round to pitch for up to £3,000 investment for their business idea. It was a tough decision for the panel of twelve judges made up of entrepreneurs, students, business professionals and University of Essex staff. Everyone who took part is a winner – for attending and getting so far in the competition. Special congratulations go to the three winning teams.
The first prize of £3,000 was awarded to StiltsPro – a company that provides unusual advertisement, education and other performances on stilts. StiltsPro’s founders Piotr Pawarski, Sophie Turner and Lauren Russell were overwhelmed by their success and are looking forward to a bright future. They have already turned a profit within their first six months of operations.
Second prize went to Glamville – an online beauty library founded by James Sesay, Wumi Ogunyemi, Emeka Onwuezobe and Victoria Tarbard – who won £2,000 to move their business forward. Having won third place in in last year’s Essex Startups Big Pitch worth £1,000 they already have their MVP (minimum viable product) in place and have acquired a high number of followers on social media.
Third place was won by He-HA – a company that bridges the lack of understanding of technology by elderly people and international students wanting to enhance their oral communication skills. Sarah Qu already run a successful trial workshop and received excellent feedback.
Success for past winners
Enterprise Officer, Christine Michaelis, is “really proud of everyone who participated in the Essex Startups Bootcamp and Big Pitch and is looking forward to how the businesses develop in the future.” Christine and the judges were “really impressed by the quality of the business plans and the students’ passion for their projects.”
2015 Big Pitch winner, Cassie, founder of Caravan Theatre, has seen her business go from strength to strength and we’re expecting big things of the class of 2016!
The Employability and Careers Centre offers loads of support for Essex students and graduates to help you bring business idea to life. No matter where you are in your startup journey, Essex Startups is here to help you with advice, workshops and tips. Email Christine (our Enterprise Officer) for more information.