The App Developers reach semi-final of Virgin Media Business ‘Pitch to Rich’ competition

The App Developers have made it to the semi-final shortlist of the Virgin Media Business 'Pitch to Rich' competition – and with voting opening this week, with a 10k prize for one of the voters - the team at the firm are ready to go all the way and take the crown. So get voting for these passionate geeks to be entered into the £10,000 giveaway.

'Pitch to Rich' is a brand new Virgin Media Business initiative supported by Richard Branson and many of the country's top investors, CEOs and entrepreneurs. David Gandy, Justine Roberts, Jo Malone and Mr Branson himself will be among others on the judging panel, and the entire competition is offering an unprecedented £1m business accelerator prize fund to support three winning businesses in different categories.

Being chosen as one of the thirty-strong semi-finalists is a major accomplishment for The App Developers, which was founded back in 2011 and has grown into one of the most sought-after app development firms in the country. The ground-breaking company now employs fourteen full-time staff across three locations, with plans for a fourth venue in 2015 – and winning the Pitch to Rich competition could give them further impetus as they strive for growth and expansion.

Ben Hogan, one of the co-founders of The App Developers, says, "It's a real honour to have been included in the semi-final shortlist for the Pitch to Rich competition. The App Developers was borne out of a real passion for creating new apps and driving innovation in the sector, and to have our work recognised in this way is a real thrill. We've gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and winning the Pitch to Rich competition would be the icing on the cake for us – we'd just like to urge all of our loyal customers, clients and fans of our work to get voting."

The App Developers has already experienced a taste of fame – they were featured on the BBC's show, Be Your Own Boss, for their first few months of trading. The show helped give The App Developers crucial exposure, but it was the hard work of founders Ben and Sam that has seen the business grow from two employees working from their bedrooms to a firm with a national presence and a glowing reputation.

Sam Furr, co-founder of The App Developers, says, "We're so passionate about creating disruptive, pioneering apps, and we feel that passion shines through in all of our work. It's part of the reason we've grown so quickly and been so successful in a relatively short period. Pitch to Rich is a fantastic opportunity for us – we're thrilled to be involved, but we've definitely got our eyes on the prize. To secure £250,000 worth of marketing support, as well as cash towards our future development, would really help The App Developers take the next step in our journey."

Voting for Pitch to Rich is open now, and will close on 22nd June. The three entrants with the most votes in each category will be announced in a live finale event on 26th June.

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