Students and budding entrepreneurs are being give the chance to win £10,000 after the University of Warwick teamed up with banking-giant NatWest for Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The bank runs the largest entrepreneur accelerator programme in the UK – having supported 30,000 businesses since launch through its network of 12 physical accelerator hubs and its virtual coaching and education platform Business Builder.
Through its alliance with University of Warwick, NatWest is helping to provide education, guidance and coaching to student cohorts and members of the wider innovation and entrepreneur community in Warwick.
And as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – which runs until November 22 – the bank is running several virtual pitching workshops for students and entrepreneurs from the university who will get the chance to enter a competition to win £10,000, and a place on the bank’s accelerator programme.
Participants will be shown how to structure, write and deliver a killer 60-second pitch, helping them stand out from the crowd by sharing themselves or their business idea in a concise, compelling and creative way.
Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “As the UK’s leading bank for start-ups we’re thrilled to be broadening our partnership with the University of Warwick to help the next generation of entrepreneurs learn about entrepreneurship, starting a business, and perfect their pitch.
“A compelling pitch is one of the most important tools for any entrepreneur. Whether it’s to secure new business, attract investment or simply just to get noticed, pitching is an important discipline worth honing and a crucial stepping stone to success. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck.”
David Plumb, chief innovation officer at the University of Warwick said: “Today’s unprecedented uncertainty requires fresh thinking to create new possibilities. These entrepreneurial skills will be required across all aspects of society, business and government, as we urgently need to rebuild in a sustainable way. We are delighted therefore to be agreeing this innovation alliance with NatWest. We share their ambition to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and look forward to growing our impact together.”
Businesses can get involved by signing up to a pitching event HERE, and submitting their final pitch via YouTube by 30 November 2020.
A panel will then select finalists from around the country, who will be invited to pitch at the live Grand Final Event in early 2021 for a chance to win the grand prize of £10,000.
Four runners up will also receive six months free coaching from NatWest’s Accelerator Team.