propertECO have been crowned champions of The Pitch 2014, the UK’s longest running small business competition.
More than 1000 businesses entered the competition and propertECO were shortlisted in the top 100 earlier this year.
To progress to the final, co-founder Rebecca Coates gave a 90 second pitch outlining the strengths of the business, that she co-founded in 2011 with Martin Freeman, its management team, the market and its drivers at an event in Manchester in September. The final was held in Bristol on 23rd October and saw the 30 finalists pitching about their businesses once more, this time in front of an audience of over 200 and four judges; Judith Bitterli, Chief Marketing Officer at AVG; Charles Carter, Director of Regions at ICAEW; Karen Darby, founder of CrowdMission.com and Lara Morgan, founder of Company Shortcuts.
propertECO was pitching alongside a diverse range of businesses, including tech companies with products to improve road safety and visibility, educational games to encourage numeracy, a new dating app and a company that prints advertising onto coffee cups to name just a few.
In her final pitch, Rebecca stressed that as well as being a successful business, the work that propertECO carries out will ultimately save lives. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon exposure is responsible for around 2000 deaths every year and Rebecca said that she wanted the company to win The Pitch “to spread awareness of radon to a wide audience”.
You can read more about the competition on The Pitch website, www.thepitchuk.com and we’ll be updating our blog with all the latest news, interviews and photos over the coming week.