Virgin Media Business has revealed the line-up of judges who will join Richard Branson at the finale of VOOM 2016.
Top model turned businesswoman Tyra Banks, SPANX founder Sara Blakely, YouTuber Marcus Butler and Virgin Media Business’ MD Pete Kelly will bring their business expertise to the panel that will decide which two businesses walk away with a share of the £1 million prize fund.
The panel joined the Virgin Founder for a Google Hangout yesterday afternoon to chat all things business.
“We’ve got a powerful line-up of business talent who will bring an exciting energy and diverse range of experience to the judging panel,” Richard Branson said. “Each of these judges knows first-hand the grit, dedication and determination it takes to start and build their own business. Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain exposure in front of the world’s best business minds and propel their business onto a global stage.”
Marcus Butler, Max Dickins and Peter Kelly at the VOOM 2016 judges announcement Google Hangout
Peter Kelly added: “I’m really excited by the quality of judges we have secured for the live finale, it shows we have established VOOM 2016 as an extremely valuable competition that is attracting incredible pitches and judges alike. We’re on the lookout for businesses with big ambitions and the entrepreneurs behind them whose vision and passion shine through in their pitch. With a judging panel of this calibre, and the quality of pitches that are coming through, June 28th is set to be a finale event like no other.”