Finalists announced for Dragon’s Den style ‘Pitchfest’

Innovators and entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire have been whittled down to just five finalists in a Dragon’s Den style investment pitch competition, which will ultimately be decided by a panel of four Yorkshire business experts.

Venturefest Yorkshire- The investment competition is a key part of Venturefest Yorkshire.  This one day festival will have a clear focus on nurturing innovation and business growth across Yorkshire.

‘Pitchfest’ is an investment competition that promises to connect finalists with real investors interested in their ideas. The competition was open to any business or individual in the Yorkshire region looking for investment or support.

The five finalists will go forward to the live final of the investment competition to pitch their services and products at Venturefest Yorkshire, in front of the public and crucially, potential investors. Finalists have the chance to scoop a cash prize of £5,000, plus a tailored package of support for the next 12 months to help them realise their business goals. 

The finalists cover medical diagnostics, healthy skincare, an online solution for supply teachers, a digital quiz application and a young company, specialising in online ethnic fashions and all are based across Yorkshire including Leeds, Cottingham, Harrogate and Bradford.

The finalists are:

Rocket Horse Ltd (Kwizzbit) - Mark Walsh - Leeds

Kwizzbit is the world’s first cross network interactive pub quiz played using a smart phone or smart device.

Clearsky Medical Diagnostics - Dr Stephen Smith - Cottingham

ClearSky Medical Diagnostics specialises in medical devices for the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and a range of other neurodegenerative conditions.

Myroo Skincare - Rachael Dunseath - Harrogate

The UK's first totally ‘free from’ skincare brand. All the products are natural, organic and vegan. The skincare range is free from all 14 food allergens, for those with sensitive skin.

Desi High Street - Kuljit Thiaray - Leeds

An online marketplace for businesses and retailers who sell ethnic/desi/South Asian goods.

Supply Box – Chloe Mortimer - Bradford

Supply Box is an online platform matching schools with high quality, fully vetted supply teachers. 

Heather Niven, head of Science City York, said: “We’re delighted to announce the finalists in this innovative competition, which is designed to help businesses gain investment and raise their profile. There’s a wealth of creativity and innovation happening right across Yorkshire.

“Our five finalists have a diverse range of business ideas and we wish them the best of luck in finding their dream investor, as well as increasing their profile to the 1,000 plus delegates we expect to be attending on the day.”

The four panellists who will decide on the winner are Gorden Bateman, managing director, Complete Resourcing, Chris Etherington, senior manager (Entrepreneurs Fast Growth & Private Clients), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Colin Glass, non-executive director, British Business Bank and Simon Middleton, business growth manager, Make It York.