Open Mic Arena

The Open Mic Arena

We’re back by popular demand and once again we are inviting you, the south’s innovators and entrepreneurs, to step up, pitch big and impress the Open Mic audience in a bid to be named ‘Open Mic Winner 2019’.

So, the only question is, what have you got to say for yourself?

Open Mic has been a big part of part of Venturefest South since the beginning. This interactive, informal and fun pitching competition is open to all, no matter what your experience, investment readiness or what stage you are at in development.

Competitors get just three minutes to pitch their latest and greatest idea to a panel of expert judges and an enthusiastic audience of innovators, investors and entrepreneurs.


Last year’s Open Mic winner James Zorab, pitched his idea Railbuddy, which is an app that tells users when they are owed a compensation claim from train delays, and also helps people submit their claim in seconds. You can see his winning pitch here on VFSTV (you can also see some of the other pitches to get an idea of how it works.


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Open Mic Schedule

10:30 – Open Mic Session 1 (6 pitches)

13:30 – Open Mic Session 2 (6 pitches)

How do I sign up?

Feel free to email ( and let us know you are interested, but the only way you can get a slot is by signing in on the infamous the Open Mic white board. Come and see us after the opening address at #VSF19. It’s first come first served and there are only 12 pitch slots available.

How does it work?

You can pitch with or without slides. Bring a laptop or usb stick with slides if you would like them (there’s a big screen). You get just three minutes to pitch your idea and then the bell will ring to stop you. You will then get a five minute question and answer session from the judges. Then you wait to see if you have won!

What’s the judging criteria?

Judges will be looking to mark each of the following key criteria out of 10:

  • How interesting the innovation is
  • Growth potential
  • Investability of idea
  • How well it’s pitched/investability of innovator

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at the #VFS19.