TechPitch 4.5 is a platform for tech startups and entrepreneurs to show-case their business idea to a wider audience, including investors, journalists, potential partners and peers.

It takes the form of an evening pitch competition which brings together tech startups, investors, entrepreneurs, as well as business and technology experts, to see the latest tech business ideas receive productive feedback on their proposition and pitch from a panel of judges with mixed business, technology, marketing, investment and financial expertise. .

TechPitch 4.5 provides an opportunity for potential investors to observe and learn about the latest tech startups, as well as new technology business trends. Some of the startups presenting at TechPitch 4.5 will have profited from the 2Pears pitch-training workshops organised with the support from UK Trade & Investment, UKTI. .

For entrepreneurs and tech startups, TechPitch 4.5 has proven fertile ground for networking and making useful connections with potential investors, business experts and advisors, journalists, as well as peers, potential partners and users. .

TechPitch 4.5 and the pitch-training workshops, which to date have trained over 600 tech startups to pitch, are established and well-respected fixtures on the London tech startup scene. The winning companies most often go on to big and bright things, including funding, incubation, and successful growth, following the spotlight being shone on them at TechPitch 4.5 .

The inaugural TechPitch 4.5 event was held on 10 February, 2011, and ever since TechPitch 4.5 has been held every couple of months in London drawing a high-calibre crowd and generating a lot of interest.

Next TechPitch 4.5 event:

1 October 2014

The Auditorium, Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4ES   Map

The evening will feature a keynote presentation followed by eight tech startups will present their business ideas and revenue models during a three-minute pitch followed by a five minute Q&A by a panel of judges. A winner will be scored by the judges, and there will be a general vote to pick the audience favourite.

Pinsent Masons, as part of its Bootlaw initiative, is offering a consultation free of charge to each of the pitching startups to discuss their legal needs.

18.30 - Registration and networking

19.00 - Introduction, start of programme

19.05 - Keynote presentation

James Rosewell, founder & CEO, 51 Degrees
James Rosewell a serial entrepreneur, currently founder and CEO of 51Degrees, will be sharing his learnings from his own and others' mistakes and failures as an entrepreneur.
He will be focusing on 'the things no one told me': lawyers, location, and what he terms as 'investor vultures'. Three areas which he has identified as having a great impact on the success or failure of a startup, but which don't often get mentioned.

19.15 - Introduction of judging panel

- James Rosewell, founder & CEO, 51 Degrees
- Nick Charlton, CFO, MirriAd
- Karen Trickett, CEO, Tangible
- Eddie Holmes, Investment Director HBRE and founder & CEO LaunchPad Labs
- Aapo Bovellan, founder and CEO, Proxy Ventures

The judging panel is chaired by Danvers Baillieu, COO, Privax

19.20 - 3 minute Pitches

Betify - a mobile app enabling users to challenge or get challenged by their friends, and for brands and businesses to challenge their followers to do something related to their brand     @getBetify
Callectiv - enables enables phone conversations for any community or marketplace, anonymously connecting users without the conventional approach and costs of renting phone lines     @callectiv
Digital Mums - a new social media solution, using highly innovative online training retrains out-of-work mums to be social media managers and match them to small businesses     @digitalmumshq
MyMakeandPlay - self-paced e-learning platform for children targeted at Design and Technology national curriculum     @mymakeandplay
Payfriendz - mobile app that makes transferring money between friends as easy as sending a WhatsApp message     @payfriendz
Swytch - cloud based mobile network providing users with additional UK mobile numbers on their existing phone    @swytchapp
TrackMeo - platform to help people with cardiovascular conditions monitor and manage their health     @TrackMeoHQ
Twile - a family tree that includes a visual timeline of each personís life, bringing families closer together, building a rich, visual story of their lives     @TwileTweets

20.45 - Networking drinks & pizza

22.00 - End of event

Tickets - 1 October 2014

A two-tiered pricing structure allows qualified (and cash-strapped) startups to attend techpitch 4.5 at a reduced rate. 2Pears reserve the right to approve ticket purchases and refuse entry if incorrect category is stated.

Early bird tickets are available until 31 August 2014.

Event Registration Online for TechPitch 4.5 (1 October 2014) powered by Eventbrite
If you have questions about purchasing tickets/attending the event, please contact petra(at)2pears(dot)com.

We are running a series of pitch workshops so if you are in the process of applying or have already applied to pitch at TechPitch 4.5, why not sign up for one of the workshops? Click here for more information...

Apply to pitch at TechPitch 4.5:

DEADLINE to apply to pitch for this event have now passed. The next TechPitch 4.5 after 1 October will be taking place on 24 November 2014 and we will be accepting applications for this until 24 October 2014.

By getting up on stage and pitching your business idea and model, in this case to the panel of experts we have put together for TechPitch 4.5, you will gain exposure and interest from both potential users and potential funders, as well as from media in general. And you get to practise and receive immediate feedback on your pitch.

The pitch session is not about achieving funding immediately, but gaining interest, making connections, and hopefully starting relevant discussions, so if you like the idea of pitching you will be good!

Pitches at 2Pears events are free-of-charge for the pitching companies, which means that the person pitching receives a complimentary ticket for the event. All other company members and interested parties will be required to purchase tickets at best available rate, to attend the event.

What we need from you in order to confirm you are eligible to pitch and to make a fair selection of companies for TechPitch 4.5 is for you to download the application form and complete all questions on this form and submitting it by email to by 24 October 2014.

Please ensure that it is 1 page only and that it is in Word format, as nothing longer and no other format will be considered. Please also ensure that you save your application as COMPANYNAME_4pt5.docx where the name of your startup replaces 'COMPANYNAME'.

Q1: What is the market problem?
Q2: Your solution?
Q3: Your business model?
Q4: Your competitors?
Q5: Your team?
Q6: What you are looking for?

Remember: one page only, in Word...

Who to send it to?
Email your application to


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