GetMyFirstJob aims for piece of Pitch to Rich pie

Startup pitches apprenticeship platform to Richard Branson for marketing campaign worth £150,000

Startup GetMyFirstJob is pitching for a piece of the £1m prize in the Virgin Media Business Pitch to Rich 2015 competition.

GetMyFirstJob is an online platform designed to place young people into apprenticeships. The company is appealing for votes in a competition to win a marketing campaign worth £150,000.

In March, Richard Branson invited startups and innovators to pitch their ideas for a £1m business accelerator prize fund.

The nationwide #VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015 competition, launched in association with LinkedIn, aims to uncover the UK’s most innovative businesses.

David Allison, founder of GetMyFirstJob, said the support of Pitch to Rich would allow the company to support young people further. 

“The last six months have been fantastic for us and the young people and employers that we work with,” he said. “We've more than doubled in size and over 50 of the UK's leading colleges and independent training providers use GetMyFirstJob's unique approach to help get young people into work quickly.”

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Isabel Newman, impact investment analyst at Nesta Impact, said: “We know that one of the most challenging times in a young person's life is when they leave school or college and look for their first job. Apprenticeships are an ideal way for many young people to make this transition, but the process is often long-winded and difficult to navigate.

“We believe GetMyFirstJob offers a real breakthrough and has the potential to help thousands of young people get the right apprenticeship.”

Winners of Pitch to Rich will be chosen by Branson and a judging panel during a live final on 26 June.

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