The Pitch 2012, Britain's biggest small business contest, will award one lucky entrepreneur with funding for their business which has been donated by the public.
Organised by BusinessZone.co.uk in association with digital services provider Yell
, The Pitch has been championing the UK's entrepreneurial talent since 2008.
The competition is seeking innovative small companies from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to compete for a package of business support worth £50,000.
Shortlisted business owners, who need to apply at www.thepitchuk.com
by 5 June, will pitch at The Pitch Live entrepreneurial extravaganza in Liverpool on 18-19 October which will also feature expert training from a range of specialists in areas such as sales, personal branding and pitching.
Audience tickets to the event, which will be attended by 200-300 people, cost £10 and all the money raised will create the cash prize. It will be given to one shortlisted contestant chosen by the conference delegates.
Dan Martin, founder of The Pitch and editor of BusinessZone.co.uk, said: "Our package of support is already fantastic with goodies such as thousands of pounds worth of digital media services, a new suit and a year's worth of money-can't-buy mentoring
from serial entrepreneur Karen Darby.
"But we wanted to go one step further and offer a cash prize. What better way to do it than through the power of the crowd! Not only will delegates at The Pitch Live in October get the opportunity to be inspired by our expert speakers but they will also contribute to funding one of Britain's most innovative small companies.
"We encourage everyone who backs entrepreneurship in Britain to take this unique opportunity for the price of a round of beers."