Pitching for investment, giving presentations to win new contracts, outlining a new strategy to your staff – every business leader needs to pitch, and pitch well.

The Pitchfest strand at Venturefest gives you the opportunity to learn what makes a great pitch, and to see a whole range of real-life pitches take place.  Some will have real-life money at stake!

Pitch your Value

By definition, an innovative business start-up does not necessarily have a track record from which it can express its value.

Nonetheless, when pitching for investment, founders must do just that:  express the value of a business that has yet to start trading.

Researching the value of the total accessible market and specific addressable market, offers a foundation upon which to build.  Thereafter, the disciplined application of evaluation tools can help founders move toward a credible expression of value in a business with no trading history.

This interactive workshop will give you practical experience of both, using case study experience from an Elevator UK accelerated business; E-Bar Initiatives.  As ambitious founders of a scalable business with international prospects, Sam Pettipher and Nick Benson will share the approach they have taken to pitching the value of their innovative concept.

Pitch for Purpose

A hybrid business model is emerging and taking strides towards the mainstream; one that seeks to generate profit with purpose. Mission-led businesses embrace social innovation and measure success based on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits – it’s in their DNA!

Presented by Social Investment Scotland, the session will include pitches from four emerging social entrepreneurs using the power of business to help address society’s greatest challenges. The entrepreneurs will be competing for a package of business support to help take their business to the next level – so come along and vote for your favourite!

The Pitchfest Challenge!

A hefty prize package of cash and in-kind support is on offer for the business who wins the Venturefest Scotland 2017 Pitchfest Challenge.   Open to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, the Pitchfest Challenge will be chaired by Entrepreneurial Spark chairman Jim Duffy, and judged by you, the audience.  Their fate is in your hands!


One of Venturefest Scotland’s most enduringly popular features, Venturejam sees the innovators of the future present their amazing ideas.

Teams of young people aged 14-20 will compete in a hackathon-style competition in August, to design solutions to an energy challenge.  Finalists will present their ideas to the audience at Venturefest in September.     Attend this session to see the future!


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