On Pitching Richard Branson

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We all know how cool Richard Branson is. His 400 Virgin branded companies are run with class and quality. Now comes his pick of three businesses he chose as winners in his “Pitch to Rich” competition, where the three winners will share a total of $1.6 million.

The businesses of consideration include: a 3D graphics maker, a money exchange kiosk maker, and an app that instantly connects drivers to parking spots.

Kino-Mo, Fourex and JustPark on Friday were announced the winners of the 2015 Virgin Media Business “Pitch to Rich” contest in London, England.

“Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs,” said Branson in a statement that appeals to many. “The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.”

The winners will receive marketing, PR and business development from Virgin Media Business for a year, and some mentoring opportunities from Branson. Here’s a look:

Kino-Mo has developed advertising and media technology to make holograms affordable. Its unique technology makes court 3D graphics appear to float in mid-air.

Fourex has an idea for self-service machines that exchange both coins and bills from almost any country in the world for pounds, euros or dollars—think of this. It’s quite a feat.

Finally, JustPark offers an app and website that connects drivers with more than 150,000 parking spaces that belong to owners looking to make money from their unused spaces. And that will no doubt make life a bit easier for commuters and leisure shoppers alike.

Now it’s time for your idea to be submitted. Cheers!

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