The Duke of York welcomed 41 start-ups to St James's Palace on Wednesday 5th November for the second Pitch@Palace event. The theme for the evening was Science and Technology. HRH has partnered with 14 Accelerator Organisations who have each nominated 3 Entrepreneurs to join the programme. All 41 had the opportunity to network with an audience of CEOs, mentors, angel investors and other influential members of the UK business community.
Bootcamp was held on 20th October at Central Working Space, Mile End Road, in partnership with Microsoft Ventures and Wayra. Fifteen start-ups were selected by a judging panel to pitch their business ideas at Wednesday's Pitch@Palace. Each Entrepreneur will have three minutes.
His Royal Highness will welcome guests and David Rowan, Editor WIRED magazine, moderated the event . All 41 start-ups also competed for P@P People's Choice Award via a public vote through the Pitch@Palace website.
The Duke of York held the first Pitch@Palace event in April, 2014 and it is a key part of his work to support entrepreneurs, who HRH believes are essential to Britain's continuing prosperity. As technological advances allow traditional businesses to become more efficient, The Duke believes Entrepreneurship will offer alternative opportunities and become a key driver of economic growth and job creation.
Speaking about Pitch@Palace to Bootcamp participants on 20th October, The Duke said: "it's not just about investment. It's about knowledge and the transfer of ideas; it's about networking, mentoring and advice." His Royal Highness added "there are a lot of people in that room who can solve a great many of your issues and problems, and actually help accelerate your businesses. I want to make sure that every single person who's in the audience agrees to at least one conversation with one of your businesses."
The Duke also noted that Pitch@Palace was held on Guy Fawkes Night, joking "do not throw too much fire around where I am at the moment because I am acting as an accelerant!"
The 15 start-ups included Enterprise Fellow and Hub member Daniel Plant with Armourgel: you can find out more about this exciting product in the Armourgel YouTube video here.