I’m delighted to announce that AVG will be the headline sponsor of The Pitch 2014.

Now in its seventh year The Pitch is one of the UK’s longest running small business competitions and awards thousands of pounds worth of prizes to innovative startups.

In 2014, hundreds of business entrepreneurs from up and down the UK are expected to submit their businesses and ideas for assessment by a panel of judges in order to win an exclusive package of prizes and business support.

The Pitch is Britain’s top competition for emerging entrepreneurs and gives us an opportunity to show AVG’s passionate belief that a well-connected business is an essential ingredient for success today.

Our philosophy is all about empowering small businesses to manage their technology simply and reliably so they can stop worrying about their data and concentrate on growth in today’s fast changing, increasingly mobile workplace. This partnership gives us a superb opportunity to connect directly with many thousands of business start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Successful applicants will be picked to pitch their ideas at two regional Boot Camp events to be held in September. These entries will be further narrowed down to 30 who will compete in a live final in October.  Previous winners include Bio Bean, developers of a bio-fuel made from coffee beans, AdvanceToGo, a website that helps private landlords manage property and find tenants, and Cyclehoop, an ingenious solution to bike theft.