Prince Andrew, HRH Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative marries innovators to kingmakers and is rolling out to entrepreneur hubs around the world.
Since the initiative was started in 2014, Pitch@Palace has helped 247 start-ups get going, creating 637 new jobs which has generated £246 million of new economic activity. One of the most notable stories is technology business Magic Pony, which met its investors at a Pitch@Palace event. Last year, the British start-up was acquired by Twitter to the tune of $150 million.
“In less than three years, there have been over 500 pitches at events all over the United Kingdom and they have shone a light on the diversity and imagination across the country, clearly demonstrating that pursuing an idea or dream can be realised with knowledge and determination,” the Duke of York said. “The two main aims of Pitch@Palace is bringing connectivity to businesses, and to build a network of growth partners for entrepreneurs.”
Pitch@Palace 7.0 handpicked 43 technology-led start-ups with hearts-of-gold. The theme for this year was human technology, highlighting those businesses who tame technology to address everyday problems, from stemming the skills shortage in developed economies, to making clean water accessible to developing economies.
The 12 finalists took to the stage last night, summarising their passion, hopes and dreams to a room full of investors, business mentors and advisors and a massive congratulations to Desolenator who won Pitch@Palace 7.0.
This is our full promo film for the 7.0 Bootcamp held at Nottingham University.