Pitching events, North West

Beer and Pitches: Startup Pitch Competition with Industry Experts

Join Standard Ledger for our Beer and Pitches (see what we did there!?) in-person startup pitch competition, coming to Manchester on 25th October. Watch some of the North West’s hottest startups as they battle it out in a live pitch competition. They’ll receive feedback from a panel of tame experts, from Venture Capital funds to legendary founders, some start-up legal experts, and of course your friendly founder-led CFO firm. The winning pitches will be decided by an audience of eager startup enthusiasts.

This event will give you the chance to witness startup pitches and gain insight into what investors look for in a company. The pitch competition will be followed by networking, where you can enjoy a drink, some pizza, and mingle with your fellow startup founders! 

Live pitch: Your startup in the spotlight

Have you been perfecting your pitch in front of the mirror? Well, it’s time to step into the spotlight! We’re giving 5 startups the chance to deliver a 6-minute live pitch to a panel of industry experts and a crowd of fellow entrepreneurs. We only have space for 5 startups to pitch, so if you’d like to apply then please follow the instructions below. We also have some cool prizes lined up for the winners!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 25th October


5:30 PM – Arrival and networking

6:00 PM – Startup pitches, 5 x 6-minute pitches with feedback

7:00 PM – Voting and winners announced

7:30 PM – Networking, drinks and pizza

Location: Huckletree Ancoats, The Express Building, 9 Great Ancoats St, Manchester M4 5AD

Don’t have a pitch? No problem! Come for the networking

Are you a founder looking to grow your startup? Do you want to expand your network of fellow like-minded individuals in the startup ecosystem? If so, then come along to the event to see the live pitches and join in the networking afterwards!

The Expert Panel

The startup pitches will receive feedback from a panel of gurus, including…

Elliott Gaspar – UK Director, Standard Ledger

Elliott is an experienced finance professional with a penchant for startups. He’s helped startups raise more than £500 million and led finance teams from pre-revenue to £40 million EBITDA.

As an accountant and CFO, Elliott leads Standard Ledger’s UK business, bringing accounting as a service to UK-based startups. With the energy of 5 traditional accountants, the nous of a COO and a passion for solving business problems, he’s also on a mission to prove accountants can be operators, too.

Adil Khan – Managing Director, Sprintlaw UK

Adil is the Managing Director of Sprintlaw UK. Adil is a legal professional with experience supporting the delivery of complex advisory solutions to private and public sector actors around the world.

Manoj Ranaweera – Founder & CEO, Techcelerate

Manoj has been building tech startups and related ventures since 2004 with many failures and two Exits. Northern Tech Awards and edocr.com were acquired by GP Bullhound and Accusoft, Inc respectively. Manoj built Manchester’s Tech Startup Ecosystem from 2006 to 2013 by bringing investors and tech founders together through 100 tech events. Today, Manoj runs Techcelerate (trusted tech founder community), Deal Lite (intelligence on UK venture-backed tech companies and investors who back them) and SkilledUp Life (skilled volunteers for tech startups).


Apply to Pitch

We are looking for a range of start-ups to pitch at the event. If your startup meets the following criteria, feel free to apply to participate in the pitch competition!

  • You are actively looking to raise
  • You have a presence outside of London – an office, a team, a sales base
  • You have a pitch deck (and backing data) that you’re happy to share with our panel ahead of time
  • We are looking for a range of industries and funding stages, but would welcome those between Angel and series B

To apply to participate..

  • Purchase the ‘Founder – I want to pitch’ ticket from Eventbrite
  • Answer the prompted questions about your startup
  • Email your pitch deck to emma@standardledger.co
  • Wait for a confirmation email from us to confirm if you’ve been chosen to pitch. We’ll let you know 2 weeks before the event.
Beer & Pitches
Date and time
25 October 2023
17:30 - 21:00
Venue Address

Huckletree Ancoats, The Express Building, 9 Great Ancoats St, Manchester M4 5AD

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