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Pitching for Everyone
Their brainchild is the website www.pitchforit.co.uk, where it is free to upload a video pitch to investors. It has a panel of high profile investors who see it as both a way to find worthwhile investments, and to help and advise would-be entrepreneurs. Currently you can go onto the site, watch the pitch videos and read the comments and advice they have given. They include Mark Pearson, of MyVoucherCodes, Sara Murray of Confused.com, Brad Burton of 4Networking and original Dragon Rachel Elnaugh.
The way the website owners make money is that, for anyone wanting to upload a pitch who doesn’t feel confident about making a video, they will organise a professional one at a price that won’t break the bank. They’ll even create an animation for it, so that it won’t be just a talking head.
Proof That it Works
Even before it was successfully launched, pitchforit won £10,000 in digital media and mentoring for Laura Thomas to develop her website business Happy Sugar Habits. The investment came from someone who was not on the panel of business gurus, so it seems that other investors can be reached as well.
The site owners say they intend to add a facility to make pitches private and viewable only by investors, in case people are worried about making their ideas public. Office Assistants (http://www.officeassistants.org/)