Following the announcement of the five-strong shortlist two weeks ago, AAA is delighted to announce the winners of our Pitch for Your Pitch competition: Krowdthink and Moonstone Murder Mysteries.
The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) is returning to Sandown Park in Surrey for its second outing on 26-27 September.
In the lead up to the show, Festout and Access offered two small-scale companies the chance to win a stand at the show, as part of the ‘Pitch for Your Pitch’ competition.
Companies qualified if they were under two years old, and had a sales turnover of less than £500,000. They had to tell us what products and services they provide, what makes them unique, and what a stall at Festout could help them achieve.
Let’s take a closer look at our two winners:
Krowdthink is a networking social media company whose Krowd app is designed for public events. It lets users connect with other like-minded people at a venue, show space or festival, displaying those in the area.
Krowdthink emphasises the importance of privacy, and that it does not supply information to third parties. The app is intended to help foster new networking relationships, and also lets delegates provide instant feedback to event organisers.
Krowdthink was co-founded by Geoff Revill (pictured above left) and Jacob Baytelman (pictured above right). Revill commented: “We’re really excited to be recognised as a new entrant on the block for festivals. When you share an experience it creates communal bonds – our Krowd app will connect you at the festival and sustain that connection until the next exciting event.
“Out stall at Festout will feature a live public demonstration of our event safety enhancements, which were funded the UK Home Office following the awful tragedy in Manchester.
“We’re excited for Festout because it gives us an opportunity to meet people with the same passion for making events an awesome experience.”
Moonstone Murder Mysteries
Moonstone Murder Mysteries is a South London-based company, which offers live action murder mystery games at events and venues. It uses a combination of scenes performed by actors and audience interaction to engage crowds, who have to guess who they think is the killer at the end.
The company was set up by writer and director Nigel Howells, alongside a small troupe of performers. It offers a selection of established plotlines, as well as bespoke stories that can be crafted for individual clients and events.
Sam Emmerson, branch director at Moonstone Theatre London, said: “We were surprised to be announced as winners! The other companies shortlisted all looked to be strong contenders, and we are very grateful and happy for the opportunity having won.
“As a new company to the game we know a few people along the way, but we are hoping that a stand at Festout will let us connect with fellow members of the industry, gaining more contacts and connections.
“We are excited as it is our first exhibition/trade show, and hopefully the chance to open up some more doors and meet fellow suppliers and event organisers.”
Festout director Duncan Siegle commented: “We were very impressed with all the entries but these two stood out. Krowdthink are doing some really interesting things in the market – it isn’t just an app, it also has added security features for event organisers, and this is shown by the interest and support they are getting from the government.
“Alongside them Moonstone are quite a different proposition for events and provide high levels of engagement – they are also quite a unique exhibitor for us to have at the show.”
Registrations for Festout are open now – visit the official website here to book your spot.