The Latest at LAB: Social Pitch Night

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Introducing Social Pitch Night
In line with our new social and charitable enterprise focus, on 28 June we reinvented our former ‘Pitch Night’ to become ‘Social Pitch Night’, and invited companies to come along to LAB to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, with the winner receiving a 3-month free membership at our co-working space.

Our sponsors on the night were public sector and not-for-profit recruitment specialists, Page Personnel who kindly donated a £1000 cash prize for the winning pitch.

The judging panel
The pitches were judged by Chris Catterall, Chief Executive of Capacity, Tom Strodtbeck, Co-Founder of UK Mena Hub and Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs, Director of Baltic Creative.

The final verdict
The night was a great success, and the high quality of the pitches made it difficult for the judges to pick a winner. In the end, it was Leanne and Angela from Innovate Volunteering who picked up the cash prize. The judges felt that they were just ahead of the other pitches and that they would benefit most from the cash investment.

About Innovate Volunteering
Back in 2011, founders Elaine and Leanne had already managed several successful projects in the VCSE sector focussing on individual development and community cohesion before they decided to transform ‘the best bits’ of this work into what is now known as Innovate Volunteering. Innovate Volunteering run training, mentoring and community project programmes across Knowsley, and help to deliver social value in the area. Find out more about them at innovatevolunteering.co.uk.

The runners up
As for the runners up, the judges decided they were so good that they all deserved free membership at LAB over the summer. While here, they will benefit from the support of business mentors and being in an inspiring, city-centre space where it is free to host events and meetings.

Here’s a bit about them:
Recce – The brainchild of Adam Hughes, who wants Recce to be a platform for sports and activity centres, village halls and community centres to promote their events, sports, groups and so on, with a view to getting more people to take part in sporting activity, no matter how basic. Adam is on Twitter at @lostmybrain.

Recovery Inc. – Daniel Sef has used his own experiences to create this social enterprise which seeks to encourage recovering alcoholics and drug abusers to increase their chances of recovery through the music industry. Keep up to date with them on Twitter @RecoveryInccic.

Liverpool Audio Network – Daniel Fisher-Jones and Phil Noone discovered that there was a huge gap in the Liverpool music industry due to limited collaboration. To tackle this problem, they host a range of events such as conferences and workshops where musicians, producers, DJs and technicians can network, develop their skills and find new opportunities. Check them out at www.liverpoolaudio.net and follow them @LiverpoolAudio_ on Twitter and @liverpoolaudio on Instagram.

Matthew Brown – Matthew is an accountant who is keen to use his skills and expertise to help manage the finances of social enterprises. Too many accountants treat social enterprises in a similar way to regular commercial businesses and therefore don’t always provide relevant, affordable advice. Matthew wants to change the way accounting services are delivered to charities and social business, helping them to achieve their potential. Find out more about Matthew at www.adding-value.org.

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