Last Thursday I donned my suit to take part in The Pitch final 100 boot camp. The Pitch is the UK’s biggest small business competition. The idea behind The Pitch is to empower entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups to succeed in business.
After applying for The Pitch 2015 back in July we were delighted to find out that Dirt Factory had made it through to the final 100. This meant a day in Manchester for The Pitch boot camp – an intensive day of workshops, advice and support to make sure we were pitch perfect.
The workshop sessions were fast-paced but very rewarding. Subjects covered accountancy, accessing finance, customer relations and contact management, with experts from across different sectors.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much time between receiving feedback on my pitch and doing the thing for real. Despite this, and with the support from fellow pitchers, I got through it (mostly) unscathed and feel I got across the main areas of the Dirt Factory business concept.
Another part of the day I really enjoyed was meeting the other entrepreneurs and finding out about their businesses. It was good to chat to them about their start-up journey and was inspiring to meet so many people who are passionate about their businesses.
After boot camp we have completed our second stage application form. The judges will now decide which of the 100 shortlisted contestants have made it to the final 30. Being involved in The Pitch so far has been really useful and I hope that we progress to the next stage – fingers crossed!
Thanks for reading,