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Sir Richard Branson looking for Britain’s best start-up

Sir Richard Branson is on the hunt for Britain’s best start-up.

Virgin Media Pioneers, which was formed by Virgin Media in 2010 as an online community for young entrepreneurs, has launched the competition.

Eight young entrepreneurs will be short-listed and will then go before a public vote to determine which four will get the chance to meet Sir Richard at a secret location in London.

The final four will then compete for the £5,000 prize package, which includes £3,000 of investment, mentoring advice and marketing support. The runners up will also receive £1,000 worth of investment.

Sir Richard, pioneer-at-large of Virgin Media Pioneers, said he can relate to those starting a business with very little capital.

“But with a little backing early on and the right idea, anything is possible. I’m looking forward to meeting some of Britain’s best young entrepreneurs to hear their ideas and help make some of them a reality,” he added.

In 2012 the Pitch to Rich initiative attracted 800 entries and Sir Richard was joined on the panel by Innocent founder Richard Reid and the founder of SBTV, Jamal Edwards.

Neil Berkett, chief executive of Virgin Media, said, “Virgin Media Pioneers provides budding entrepreneurs with a forum to share advice and tackle problems as they navigate the journey of starting up a business.

“In a challenging economic climate, this competition will not only award the winners with an injection of investment to help develop their business ideas, but it will also offer support through money-can’t-buy mentoring opportunities.”

Click here for more information on the competition.
By Kirsty Hewitt

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