Connect: Pitch to Media Evening

Jul 24, 5:30 – 8:00 PM


Runway East Borough Market, 20 Saint Thomas Street, Greater London, SE1 9RS

Connect and pitch to media: A pitch competition with journalist judges followed by Q&A

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Panel DiscussionPitch Battle

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About this event

This month we are partnering with Publicize to deliver our first Connect pitch competition focusing on pitching to media.

Join us and meet our panel of journalist judges as they provide feedback to our pitching startups and answer questions from the audience. 

We will hear from each of our panellists, followed by a pitch providing feedback on getting media coverage and other PR elements. We will then open the floor for questions and select the winner! An opportunity to gain visibility for your startup or ask all your burning questions to our panel.

If you're interested in pitching, submit this form by 14th July. We'll inform the 6 finalists shortly after the deadline.

How does it work?

  • We will select 6 companies to pitch based on our criteria
  • The pitch length is 2 mins followed by 3 mins of judges feedback
  • The angle of the pitch is focused on the problem/challenge, impact, media approach and market opportunity

Who should apply?

  • Startups solving clear problems in innovative ways (any vertical welcome)
  • We will consider any stage companies
  • Founders looking to gain media exposure as they build their startups
  • Any stage startup with a working product
  • Only products (not services)

Selection and Winning Criteria

Media Judges will score the startup pitches based on: 

  1. Problem and Impact (how big/important is the problem being solved) 
  2. Originality & Media Appeal (is your startup story interesting enough that a journalist would want to cover it?)
  3. Business Model (does the startup adequately explain how their company can be profitable/sustainable). 


  • Top prize: One free month of PR service to the winner (valued at USD $2,000)
  • Perks from our global partners
  • Other prizes will be announced before the event

Join us this month to connect with our community and hear from our media panel. There will be opportunities to network with our attendees, partners and guests.

What are you waiting for? Apply to pitch now by submitting this form before 14th July


  • Craig Corbett


    Co-Founder & Partner

  • Sophia Epstein

    Digital Frontier


  • Thomas Macaulay

    The Next Web

    Senior Reporter

  • Sharon Kimathi



  • Tony Tassell

    The Financial Times

    Financial Opinion Editor

  • Jim Norton

    The Daily Mail

    Technology Editor



Wednesday, July 24, 2024
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


Doors open
Event introduction
Meet our judges
Pitches and feedback
Q&A with the media
Drinks and networking!
Event ends


  • Prem Sangeet Petar Savic

    Supreme Factory

    London Director

  • James Lethem



  • Sam Adekunle

    Grone Collective

    Head of Special Projects & Initiatives

  • Gabriel Pizzolante

    UK GAP Consulting



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