Vegan festival Vevolution will return to London on November 25 - and this year the 'TED talks'-style event will offer budding entrepreneurs a chance to win cash for their vegan business ideas.
Vevolution, at the prestigious Royal Institution in Mayfair, will host a Dragon's Den-style panel called Pitch + Plant - the UK’s first ever plant-based business investment challenge at a UK vegan festival.
Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch to investors for a chance to win £1,500.00 - plus mentorship from BRAN Investments, a family business dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurs, and has a passion for helping the world adopt a more sustainable and vegan lifestyle.
The runner-up will receive a £500.00 prize.
Six businesses will be selected beforehand to pitch to the investors at the festival.
Startups can apply by filling in this form. Please note that applications must be made by October 27.
The plant-based business entrepreneurs choosing the winners on the day will include Ram Goyal Partner Bran Investments, Hospitality Entrepreneur Loui Blake, and Laura Way, Founder of Votch.
On the creation of Pitch + Plant, Ashish Goyal, Partner at BRAN Investments said: "We want to support businesses that help make the world a better place.
"Our experience of Vevolution events have shown it to be a hotbed of innovative ideas and full of entrepreneurs creating great businesses.
"Pitch +Plant will give early stage businesses a chance to win prize money, potential for further funding and more importantly get mentoring to help them get their business achieve greater success."
Damien Clarkson, Co-Founder of Vevolution added: "We are really excited to announce this first collaboration between Vevolution and BRAN Investments.
"Our events have become real hub for entrepreneurs wanting to create positive change in the world and the Pitch + Plant challenge, at this year’s festival will be a showcase for all the innovation happening in the plant-based business community."
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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