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The aim of this course is to prepare you to pitch for investment – for your research or your business venture.


Those with funding need to know about you and why they should place their investment in you and your venture. This may be a pitch for research funds, a pitch in an enterprise competition or a presentation asking for an R & D budget. It is a skill that is much needed for the next career step. This interactive course will use your research as a starting point but feel free to come with a business venture idea too.

This course will cover:

  • The structure and elements of a pitch
  • What different funders are looking for in a pitch
  • Opening and closing your pitch
  • Team pitching
  • The use of props
  • Making your message clear


By the end of this session students will have:

  • Practised a variety of pitch elements
  • Thought about the audience and meeting their needs
  • Explored the structure and elements of a pitch
  • Received feedback


PGR and Research Staff 

number of places


course leader

Dr Emma Williams


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme.

rdf skills

D2, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff.