Local businessman Kurt Davis has been selected as one of the 160 businesses through to the next round of the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitch competition.
The shortlisted businesses – those who earned the highest number of public votes – will now take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for Longest business pitch marathon on 1st/2nd June 2016. The 29 hour live-streamed event will see Kurt Davis pitch back-to-back against 159 other entrepreneurs to a panel of esteemed judges.
Judges will be challenged to whittle these down to just 40 semi-finalists who could go on to pitch to Richard Branson and international business heavyweights Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely and Marcus Butler, in the VOOM 2016 grand finale on 28th June.
Kurt Davis says: “I am extremely pleased at the support SECURIST has received from the local Bristol community meaning we are through to the next round and on to the Pitchathon.
When I started SECURIST seven years ago I never imagined how quickly the business would grow, so taking part in something as big as the VOOM competition has been a challenging yet exciting experience.
SECURIST is continually striving to help protect our customer’s property and assets but with crime and terrorism increasing some businesses do not know the correct way to respond to this. We aim to take the stress away by offering a free consultation that consists of a comprehensive threat to site report, as we are a one stop shop of all security services we are able to work with the client to fully cover the site.
With the chance to pitch to industry professionals I hope to gain the exposure to continue expanding SECURIST.”
‘‘Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 is all about seeking out, supporting and celebrating the UK’s and Ireland’s most exciting businesses. It’s the biggest and most valuable pitch competition out there – we’re hoping everyone will find a way to get involved!’ says Sir Richard Branson.
VOOM 2016 has been a huge win for many hundreds of our entrants, above and beyond the shortlist. They've honed pitches, made videos and collectively contacted millions of people to promote their businesses.
They've also participated in THE biggest mass crowdfunding campaign in UK history. Collectively, they've raised over £675,000 to make their ideas a reality.
Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business said: “I’m looking forward to hearing 160 innovative and inspiring ideas over the course of 29-hour record attempt, although I am not underestimating the challenge. Like any true entrepreneur – we never do things by halves at Virgin Media Business and achieving this record will add another level of ambition to the ‘VOOM 2016’ competition.”
To watch the Pitchathon live and show your support for a local business, tune into www.vmbvoom.com. Could Bristol be crowned as Britain’s most entrepreneurial city?