Pitch@Palace to give Aussie startups a royal boost
Pitch@Palace, a global event founded by Prince Andrew the Duke of York, is coming to Australia this year.
Local entrepreneurs at all stages have been invited to apply to participate in the pitchfest, which will take place at university campuses in NSW, Victoria and Queensland this September.
Pitches will be reviewed by judges at each of the four locations – University of Wollongong, Macquarie University, Bond University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – and selected entrepreneurs will be invited to attend a boot camp, where they will receive guidance on developing their pitches by Australian and international business leaders.
A selection of these entrepreneurs will then be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the National Final in Sydney on 27 September, 2017.
The Duke Of York will visit Australia ahead of the event to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs.
“I am delighted to be able to bring Pitch@Palace to Australia. Pitch@Palace is designed to support, enhance and add value to start up and scale up companies by providing a platform for entrepreneurs and audiences to meet, network and hear the great ideas that are being commercialised and built by the next generation of entrepreneurs,” he said.
“I am looking forward to visiting all the locations where Pitch is to take place, and wish the entrepreneurs, wherever they may be in Australia, a successful time engaging with Pitch@Palace.”
Since 2014, Pitch@Palace has helped some 400 tech entrepreneurs kick start their business, exposing them to CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners and supporting their growth on a global stage.
Professor Alex Frino, deputy vice chancellor, global strategy, University Of Wollongong, said he got the idea to bring the event Down Under when he watched it in London last year.
“I was fortunate enough to see a Pitch@Palace event in London early in 2016. The level of excitement and enthusiasm in the room was most inspiring.
“The idea to bring the event to Australia was immediate and I am thrilled that together with my contemporaries from some of Australia’s best Universities, we are bringing Pitch@Palace to Australia.
“Together, we are confident that we will deliver an event that is not only exciting and innovative but one one which is sure to expose some great ideas from the brilliant minds in this country.”