Roc Pro. The “One to Watch” at The Pitch 2013! We knew it!

Imagine 50 keen entrepreneurs milling around The Paintworks in Bristol, exchanging ideas, taking part in round table business mentoring sessions, and pitching their business ideas for the chance to win a share of £275,000. Got it? You’ve just imagined The Pitch 2013, one of Britain’s longest running small business competitions. One of our brave Catalyst Centre winners, Gareth Bristow from Roc Pro ventured up to Bristol on Wednesday to immerse himself in just this environment after being shortlisted as “One to Watch” in 2013.

During an intense day, watching a steady stream of entrepreneurs present to a panel of expert judges, Gareth took to the stage to take part in the “One to Watch” competition, pitching his business idea and answering a series of ruthless questions from the judging panel.

After an exhilarating pitching session, Roc Pro was named the “One to Watch” 2013, but Gareth’s day wasn’t over there! In an unexpected twist, the judges decided to throw Roc Pro back into the lions (or dragons?) den, and enter Gareth into the final of the main competition! Whittled down from hundreds of applicants, and after 5 rounds of pitching, the final 5 entrepreneurs left standing included our very own Gareth Bristow. After another impromptu pitching session and a Q&A from the judging panel, Gareth was placed third overall for the Pitch 2013!

Gareth commented: “We are thrilled to have been named the “One to Watch” 2013! Although we didn’t win the main event, it was an unexpected opportunity to pitch again, and the Judges were evidently extremely impressed with us and our products.

“The Pitch 2013 also featured extensive networking, business master classes and the opportunity to meet investors, all of which we took full opportunity to exploit!”

Peter Birkett, CEO of Southampton Science Park commented on the win: “It is great to see such an innovative business get the recognition it deserves. We are incredibly pleased to hear that Roc Pro are the “One to Watch” 2013!”

Huge congratulations from the Catalyst Centre to Gareth for winning the “One to Watch”! We knew you were one to watch all along, and now everyone else knows as well! To find out more about Roc Pro follow them on twitter: @RocPumps and head to their website: