You’re ready to submit your application...brilliant news!!!
A couple of things, please ensure that your video pitch is accessible via a public link - if your video cannot be accessed / viewed by the judges then your application will be void.
If your video is longer than 60 seconds, then only the first minute will be included in the judging process, therefore please ensure you cover all your main points in the time allocated!
The below information from for this application will be used for our internal data collection processes and helps us gain a better understanding of the start-up landscape. Also, please make sure you provide us with the correct mobile number as we’ll contact you on your mobile should you be successful.
Before proceeding to the next step, please ensure you have read the 'Information Pack' carefully.
Good luck! :-)
We will use this information to build a profile about your business, only your company name, company logo, your chosen two categories to apply in and your 60-second pitch video will be public on our website for the purpose of our Online Peoples' vote.
In case you don't know about Online Peoples' Vote, this year will open 12:00 Midday Monday 20th September to 12:00 Midday Friday 24th September 2021. All submitted video pitches will then be published onto our Tata Varsity Pitch page and you can then share this amongst your networks to gain votes, so get preparing your strategy! Your supporters can vote for your video pitch and the one with the highest number of votes will be fast-tracked to the Grand Final in Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.
*If you don't wish to participate in the Online Peoples’ Vote, you can opt out on the application form.
Q: When do entries open & close?
A: Entries will open at 12:00 Midday on Wednesday 2nd June and close at 12:00 Midday on Friday 3rd September 2021.
Q: When will I find out if I’ve reached the semi-final?
A: You will be contacted on either Friday 24th or Monday 27th September 2021. Please ensure that you have provided the correct contact details on your application. If you have not received confirmation by close of business on the 27th September 2021, regrettably you have been unsuccessful this year.
Due to the significant number of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to provide individual feedback.
Q: Do I need to be available for all dates?
A: Yes. If you are shortlisted, you will be required to pitch online on the week commencing 4th October 2021 at Semi-finals. If you are later selected as a category finalist, you must be able to attend the virtual 2-day mandatory bootcamp on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October 2021 and the Grand Final on the week commencing 8th November 2021.
The Grand Final event* is based in London and travel and accommodation are at the applicant's own expense.
*In light of the ongoing health crisis, we are following government guidelines in regard to COVID-19 and potential implications relating to hosting a physical event.
If Government advice does not allow for social gatherings on this scale, we will make provisions for the Grand Final event of the competition to be hosted virtually. Watch this space for further updates.
Q: Someone in our group isn’t a student or recent graduate – can we still apply?
A: Yes, certainly. So long as at least one member of your business meets the guidelines then it does not matter if there are other members who do not. If this is the case, the submission should be in the name of the individual who meets the eligibility criteria.
Q: I have an existing video pitch which is longer than 60 second – can I still enter it?
A: You are welcome to enter an existing video however the judges will only take the first 60 second into consideration when shortlisting, to keep the process fair. You should ensure therefore that all the relevant information is included in those first 60 second. It is strongly recommended that you review the ‘Information Pack’ which recommends the aspects to include.
Q: Can I apply if my concept is only at the idea stage?
A: Absolutely, the 'Ideas’ category is just for you! We’re looking for the most creative and innovative ideas out there, whether they are just an idea on paper or a fully-fledged business already selling a product. Remember every business needs to start somewhere...
Q: If I have already submitted my application can I update my 60 second video pitch?
A: We cannot edit any applications however you can email email@example.com to request that your application be deleted. You are then responsible for re-submitting your application through a new application.
Q: How do I know that the other applicants Online Peoples’ Vote is genuine?
A: Any pitches which have unusual or suspicious voting activity on them will be subject to investigation by NACUE and if we are not satisfied with the explanation for said unusual activity, the application will be removed from our site and disqualified from this and all future NACUE competitions.
Q: How does the Online Peoples’ Vote work?
A: This year’s Online Peoples' Vote will open 12:00 Midday Monday 20th September to 12:00 Midday Friday 24th September 2021. All submitted video pitches will then be published onto our Tata Varsity Pitch page and you can then share this amongst your networks to gain votes, so get preparing your strategy! Your supporters can vote for your video pitch and the one with the highest number of votes will be fast-tracked to the Grand Final in Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The Online Peoples' Vote winner be contacted first and then publicly announced on Wednesday 29th September via social media, so keep an eye out...
*If you wish not to participate in the Online Peoples’ Vote, you can opt out on the application form.
Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions apply to the Tata’s Varsity Pitch Competition 2021 grand prize of £15,000 and without acceptance of these terms we will be unable to process your prize. Therefore, we require that no Directors of the company:
Work for or have any formal connection with (other than as winners of the Varsity Pitch Competition) NACUE (registered charity number 1139550) or NACUE UK Limited (Company number 6885463)
Have been disqualified as a director or barred from owning or managing a company
Have not been involved in or convicted of any fraudulent or criminal dealings.
Have not been made or declared bankrupt in the last 5 years
All of the £15,000 prize money must be re-invested in the business and must not be used for personal use or gain
The winners of the Tata Varsity Pitch 2021 will need to hold a bank account in their company name. If you don’t hold one already and win the competition, you will be required to set up a bank account in the company name.
Information on Your Business
You can apply for two categories which you think your business best fits.
Additional Information about Your Business
This information helps us identify the kinds of businesses which engage with NACUE. It helps us understand the age of your business, the size of your business. Any information provided is used anonymously by NACUE, and is entirely optional.
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