Startups will save us


StartUp Pitching

StartUps Will Save Us Pitching

Working with RAAISE - the funding platform for climate startups, this stage will welcome founders of game-changing start-ups to pitch their bold plans to smash down the status-quo. 

Focusing on businesses fighting a social cause or sustainability, founders will be able to share their stories from how they got their startup idea, to the behind the scenes of their business and journey so far, and share how others can get involved with their mission.

What’s the prize?

Two winners were crowned in 2022, one social business, the other focusing on sustainability. Both winners received a £5k digital advertising campaign which will be served across Mailonline, Thisismoney, and

Both winners will also be interviewed and have an editorial case study published across Mailonline and Thisismoney.

Our panelists were made up of some of the UK’s leading business experts, and will provide guidance and support, a prize money can’t buy!

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2022 Sustainable winner

Y.O.U Underwear makes ethical underwear for men, women and girls. They work with India’s leading sustainable manufacturer, use only fully certified organic cotton, and have a ‘buy one give two’ donation model to provide underwear to people who don’t have it through the charity Smalls for All. Y.O.U is now a successful sustainable business, certifying as the UK’s top B Corp and the top fashion brand globally in late 2021. Most importantly is their positive impact - they have donated over 21,000 pairs of underwear so far, which has helped over 7,000 girls stay in school, and are well on track to hit their target of 23,000 pairs donated by 2023. 

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2022 Social winner

Prom Ally offers the free loan of prom dresses and suits to school children, sixth form students and college students across the UK who otherwise couldn’t afford one.

Being linked with schools, social services, food banks and charities, Prom Ally runs on a referral basis. We’ve loaned out hundreds of dresses since starting and are now able to offer out a range of suits too!

Having started out with 15 dresses bought from charity shops, we have now had over 3000 dresses donated to Prom Ally! All our outfits are donations either from the public or from businesses and we currently accept dresses, suits, shirts and trousers. For quality purposes, every item is checked and freshly laundered before each loan.

The loan of an outfit is free of charge, however we currently request £10.00 to cover the cost of delivery and return postage and packaging.

In April 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown, Prom Ally officially became a CIC (Community Interest Company) in order to sell/hire formal wear in order to earn money to keep running the free prom service.

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Interested in taking part in 2023?

If so, fill out the form below!