in partnership with Lloyds

In partnership with Lloyds Bank, the Launchpad is our annual pitch competition which will see 4 Black-owned businesses pitch live at the Birmingham Black Business Show with a chance of winning a huge range of support benefits.

Having whittled down the entries, of which there was over 100, our judges have selected four incredible companies to take part in the grand finale at Birmingham Black Business Show 2023.

Taking place 17th of June at the Birmingham NEC on the mainstage at 11:10am.

See the startups and entrepreneurs that are mission-driven and have the potential to have a high impact, as they pitch their business idea to our expert judges in the hopes of winning tools, advice and mentorship that can help transform, scale and build success.

We have now closed applications to the launchpad –
we’ll be announcing the finalists in the coming weeks. Thanks!

Meet the Launchpad Pitch Battle finalists

Adefunke Larigo

CEO, Agency Connection Ltd.

Helping adoption and fostering services improve the diversity of their panels. Helping them to connect with under represented groups so that vulnerable children’s voices are represented in their care plan.

Eugene Patterson

Founder, Revibed Drinks

A superfood infused water inspired by a Father & Son to encourage others to be the best version of themselves through health and well-being. Our aim is tackle the rising underlying conditions rate of diabetics, obesity and high blood pressure. Tailored to everyday lifestyles, convenient, natural, zero sugar and 100% refreshing.

Junior Makame

CEO, SocialPro

A tool that removes the guesswork from growing on Social media by using advanced AI technology that does the exact job of a social media strategist, but more efficiently, affordably and more personalised to your needs.

Kareen Griffiths

CEO, Calmify

Calmify exists to make mindfulness fun, simple, inclusive and accessible to all. So that everyone can live calmer, happier and more productive lives; so that everyone can ‘find their sunshine’.


Dr Tru Powell

Personal Brand Expert and Entrepreneur

Denise Myers

CEO Evenfields and Founder of Black Talent Awards

David Atkinson

Regional Director, SME & Mid Corporates Banking, Midlands & South Wales, Lloyds Banking Group

Kamesse Davis

Founder, Nylah’s Naturals

Ashley Bancroft

Partner, H&Hendricks LLP