THAT’S PITCHIN’!

Presented by Barking & Dagenham College

A celebration of young people, innovative ideas, entrepreneurship, mentorship, challenges and life-changing prizes!

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DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA?

OR

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DEVELOP AN IDEA?

It’s finally here! The ideas pitching competition you’ve been waiting for, That’s Pitchin’!

This virtual version of the well-known “elevator pitch” is for young innovators and entrepreneurs ready to take their idea to the next level. £7,000 in prizes is up for grabs including cash investment, professional mentorship, the winner’s title, the exclusive trophy, media exposure, bragging rights, opportunities much more!

Read more here

Is your idea good enough to positively impact your school, your community, your country or even the world? Are you ready to take your idea to the next level?

Then That’s Pitchin’! is for you!

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ENTRIES NOW OPEN

UNTIL FIRST DIGITAL WORKSHOP
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HOW IT WORKS

The aim of That’s Pitchin’! is to provide students with the guidance, skills and tools needed to grow their innovative business ideas while offering them support and valuable feedback and incentivising them with the opportunity to win big!

Contestants will join in on several skills-development training workshops teaching them all they need to know about developing their ideas. They will then be presented with a series of challenges to complete by the deadlines.

Contestants that do the best at all three challenges will go through to the Grande Finale where they will pitch their ideas LIVE in front of a panel of judges, entrepreneurs and fellow students.

Success is only a few steps away!

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • Stand the chance of winning the competition, the prize money and the ongoing business mentorship
  • Become the face of That’s Pitchin’! presented by BDC for the next season
  • Learn skills such as confidence, mindset management, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, success habits, personal branding, the art of pitching, and more
  • Receive valuable insight and feedback from the judges, business professionals and peers
  • Identify new methods to develop and scale your business idea
  • Showcase your business concept to a wider audience and tap into different markets
  • Gain media exposure
  • Real-world experience, reference, and opportunities

JUDGES

Judge #1 Dene Botha

Founder and MD at Empowered Youth

Self-taught serial entrepreneur, international motivational speaker, a life coach who has dedicated the past 12 years of his life training young people on essential life skills that bridge the gap between teenager/ adolescent and adulthood.

Judge #2 Cayla Platt

Serial entrepreneur and business investor

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Judge #3 Michael Deon

Co-founder and creative director of Augmentors

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Judge #4 Hassan

Student Representative at Barking & Dagenham College

I am 19 years old and currently studying L3 Extended Engineering Diploma and Core Maths at Barking & Dagenham College.
Also, I am the President of the Student Union @BDC. I represent the voice of the students at the College.
At the SU me and the other Union Officers provide the best possible support at a more senior level for all students.
It is great pleasure to be part of the judging panel of That's Pitchin', that is an amazing opportunity for everyone who enter the competition.
We are so excited and cannot wait for the workshops and the final pitches.

Judge #5

Surprise Judge

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

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APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • Entry is FREE
  • Open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 years old (on day of application)
  • Applicants must be attending a secondary school or college from any of the 32 London Boroughs
  • Parent/guardians must have knowledge of the entry 
  • Businesses can be going concerns or business ideas in the making
  • Businesses can’t have had more than £5,000 worth of funding
  • Applicants may only enter once
  • Applicants may be individuals or groups
  • Must agree to T&Cs below

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PRIZES

3rd PLACE

£500 in prizes

  • £250 cash/investment
  • 3 months membership to the Empowered Youth Academy valued at £250
  • The opportunity to be an ambassador/judge for the next That’s Pitchin’! Competition

2nd PLACE

£1500 in prizes

  • £750 cash/investment
  • 6 months membership to the Empowered Youth Academy valued at £750
  • The opportunity to be an ambassador/judge at the next That’s Pitchin’! Competition

WINNER

£5000 in prizes

  • £2,500 cash/investment
  • The title
  • The trophy
  • The bragging rights
  • 6 months of one-on-one mentorship from Empowered Youth worth £2,500 
  • Becoming the face/head judge of the next That’s Pitchin’! presented by Barking & Dagenham College 
  • Extensive media exposure
  • Plus more!

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