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Launched in 2021, Wray Forward is a free & inclusive programme built to nurture

the foundations of the entrepreneurial community.

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Pitch Night

Pitch Night is the perfect platform to shine a light on ground-breaking ventures. It allows Black-owned businesses to take the stage, and pitch their venture in front of expert judges, and connect with a diverse and dynamic crowd of founders, professionals, and industry experts.

With a chance to win exciting prizes, you do not want to miss out! So, what's up for grabs?

£3k for the Growth Stage Business winner, £1.5k for the Early Stage Business winner, or £500 for the Peoples Choice Winnner!


Application Criteria

  • A UK-registered business

  • At least 1 founder (or C-suite) self-identifies as at least one founder identifies as Black

  • This pitch night is open to all industries*

  • Have upto £50,000 turnover or backed by investment

  • You have launched your MVP

  • You have been trading for a minimum of 6 months

  • You are above the age of 25

  • You have a business account

*Except businesses with products that have a particular appeal to under 18s or products which have health or medicinal claims.

Please note: You can learn about the competition rules by following the link here.​


Application Process


Complete our initial online application 


Submit a video pitch entry for review



Video review and final six founders selected

Pitch your business

Six founders pitch live for grants to a panel of judges

Why Wray Forward?


Unveil the essence of our Wray Forward programme, intricately designed to address the diverse challenges facing our entrepreneurial and artistic community, driven by an unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and support in the aftermath of the pandemic's disruptions, with the ultimate goal of facilitating sustainable growth and collective resilience, aiming not only to provide immediate assistance but also to ignite a transformative journey, amplifying the voices and ambitions of our vibrant community, guiding them towards lasting success and prosperity.

Wray Forward is a free programme built to change and support the foundations of our community.

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