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Pitch10 again: Applications open as Downing Street comes to Birmingham

Applications are now open for [email protected], the follow-up to the inaugural Pitch10 event that took place at 10 Downing Street in July.

The event is to take place during the Conservative Party Conference on September 29th and will once again showcase 10 of Britain’s brightest tech stars, this time with a particular focus on the West Midlands.

Applications will be considered by an advisory panel made up of prominent figures from the UK tech scene.

It includes Martha Lane-Fox, CEO of Tech City UK Gerard Grech, and MD of Techstars London Jon Bradford.

Series of events

Eileen Burbidge, a partner at Passion Capital and another member of the advisory panel, told Tech City News it was always the intention to hold a second event.

After hosting the first event, Downing Street always hoped for it to be the first of a series to connect digital companies of all stages with potential investors, corporate partners or prospective clients as well as leaders within Government.

While David Cameron, who attended the first event, might not make the second, a number of high profile guests are expected.

Chair of Tech City UK Joanna Shields, Special Advisor Daniel Korski and Digital Industries Minister Ed Vaizey will all be in attendance.

The previous event

The original Pitch10 event saw the likes of Duedil, Swiftkey and Transferwise pitch to high profile VCs, journalists and leading figures in the tech community at Downing Street

David Cameron praised the calibre of the companies on show and while it was considered to be hugely successful, it didn’t all go without a hitch.

In the lead up to the event, every unsuccessful applicant was copied (not bcc-ed) into an email that caused a commotion on Twitter, clogged up everybody’s inbox and led to some surprising results.

How to apply

Digital businesses have until 6pm on Sunday September 21st to apply through the Pitch10 website.

They can either nominate themselves or be nominated by others and selected companies will be invited by Tuesday evening.

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