Lancaster business to pitch to Richard Branson for slice of £1m prize fund

After an extensive nationwide search, 3,000 entries, half a million votes and one Guinness World Record title, Lancaster start-up, Vibe Tickets, has made it through to the final of the Virgin Media Business ‘VOOM 2016’ competition.

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Vibe Tickets is an ethical marketplace that connects fans so they can buy and sell tickets at face value. It allows users to transact on their own terms, cuts out the middle man and ensures ticket prices aren’t over inflated.

The tech company was founded by 23 year old Luke Massie who saw that fans were being exploited by secondary ticket sellers increasing the ticket value, so built a platform that would challenge the industry giants and provide users with fair prices.

Luke will be pitching to Richard Branson and a panel of business heavyweights including Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely Marcus Butler and Virgin Media Business managing director, Peter Kelly, at the live finale on the June 28.

Vibe Tickets will go head to head with two other businesses in the Start-up category for a slice of the £1m prize fund.

Luke Massie, founder of Vibe Tickets said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have made it this far in the competition and can’t wait to pitch my idea to Richard Branson. The Vibe team worked extremely hard to get here and it’s been such an incredible experience so far, we are really excited for the finale and the future opportunities this will bring.”

Richard Branson, Virgin founder said: “Congratulations to Vibe Tickets for making it through to the finale of the Virgin Media Business ‘VOOM’ competition. They’ve shown they’ve got the determination and innovative flair we’re looking for in a winner and I can’t wait to meet them at the final on the 28th.” ‘VOOM 2016’ – run by the ultrafast business broadband company – is hunting for the UK and Ireland’s most exciting and innovative businesses. A winner will be chosen from each of the two categories, ‘Start-up’ and ‘Grow’.