VOOM 2016

Virgin Media Business today (Tuesday) launches its search for the most innovative and exciting businesses with the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitch competition – ‘VOOM 2016’.

The competition, run by the ultrafast business broadband company, gives entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Sir Richard Branson to win a slice of a prize fund worth over £1 million.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, said: “Welcome to the biggest, most valuable and influential business competition in the country. Virgin Media Business’s ‘VOOM 2016’ provides the golden ticket to propel your business onto a global stage and fast-track your way to success. Last year’s winners are testament to this. Launching a new business or going it alone takes dedication and determination, if you’ve got that in spades then grab this life-changing opportunity and enter today. With all of the support and advice available throughout the competition – and the chance to raise some funds if you campaign hard enough - what have you got to lose?”

Now in its fifth year, ‘VOOM 2016’, formerly known as ‘Pitch to Rich’, is open to applications from the UK and Ireland. They can register their pitch at: www.vmbvoom.com

Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business, said: “Supporting small businesses - the lifeblood of our economy - is at the heart of our purpose at Virgin Media Business. We already offer the fastest widely-available broadband to help them reach their digital potential. I’m excited we’re launching ‘VOOM 2016’, to find the most innovative startups and small businesses and help them thrive. We’re looking for those amazing businesses, led by hard-working, inspirational entrepreneurs who have sky-high ambitions to shake up their markets.”