Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016: Announcing the Crowdfunder Five

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– the pledges are in and the top five crowdfunding projects as part of Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 have landed!

A staggering 45% of all the pitches as part of VOOM 2016 decided to take up the incredible opportunity to turn their votes into pound notes this year and the five that raised the most cash are now through to the judging panel and in with the chance to win the £50,000 Crowdfunder Award.

Meet our VOOM 2016 Crowdfunder Five Finalists (in no particular order!)

Geo Hitch – a new and innovative location based activity app. 
The Smart Coat by EMEL AND ARIS – the coat that heats you up and charges your phone. 
What A Melon – Watermelon Water. 
BioBean – recycling waste coffee beans into advanced biofuels.
eFOLDi – a versatile electric scooter that folds easily to a suitcase and a chair. 

What happens next?

We’ve got a sterling panel of judges who’ll choose the winner over the next few weeks with the award announced at the Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 Live Finale.

Let us introduce our judges…

Rob Love  – Chairman of Crowdfunder 
Scott Wilkinson – Head of #VOOM, Virgin Media Business 
Maria Clark – Director of Business Development, JCDecaux 
Darren Upson – Marketing Director, Xero 
Mei Shui  – Managing Director, Virgin Start Up

We are so proud of each and every pitch that crowdfunded as part of VOOM 2016 and this is just the start. We are opening up lots of opportunities for everyone involved in VOOM to continue their business journeys.

Everyone who has taken part in VOOM 2016 – in whatever category, will be able to continue/enable crowdfunding for their pitch via the #VOOM website. Just click on the enable crowdfunding button on your dashboard from June 3rd. We’ll be giving away £1000 a week to crowdfunding pitches who raise the most per week and run the best campaigns. Watch this space…

Not only but also….

If you’re up for it we’ll also be opening the People’s Choice Award on June 3rd. There’s one cash lump sum of £10,000 up for grabs – and an appearance at the live finale on June 28th in London.

#VOOM: Meet the Crowdfunder Award Judges
#VOOM: Rob Love on LBC Radio