Today, Richard Branson announced on his blog that he was holding a contest, where entrepreneurs can submit a 2 minute video pitching their idea, and every month he will select 5 winners who will have their video presented on Virgin Atlantic flights where it can be seen not by Richard, but by all those who fly on the airlines, including many successful businessmen.
Cool idea, only problem is from the domaining side, pitch.tv is a domain reserved by the .TV registry (although its going to a parked page) and pitchtv.com is owned by PitchTv, Inc. located in New York and seems unrelated to Mr. Branson or Virgin.
Of course if the owners of PitchTv.com has a site up, they could get the benefit of the extra traffic this campaign might generate, but the site seems dead.
Here is the official word from his blog:
“””When I was starting out, I wish I could have had the chance to pitch my business ideas directly to people who could help make my ambitions a reality. We can now make that happen for you, on this very blog…!
If you’re a budding entrepreneur, we’re giving you the unique opportunity of getting your ideas heard not only by the online community here but also by top business professionals from around the world watching the in-flight entertainment on board Virgin Atlantic planes.
All you have to do is film yourself delivering the very best pitch possible, but make sure it’s no longer than 2 minutes. Then simply upload your video pitch here.
The community here will then vote for the best ones, and every month the best 5 pitches will make it on to my new PitchTV show which will premiere on board Virgin Atlantic flights.
We’ll also upload each monthly episode of PitchTV here shortly after. Viewers will be able to get in contact with the chosen entrepreneurs and who knows – among the viewers might be someone with the power to bring your idea to life…
Each year, I will also personally select my favourite pitch, and the winner will receive a very special prize which I’ll reveal more details about later on…
In the meantime, get your 2 minute pitches together, film them, upload them and may the best pitches get the exposure they deserve!”””