#pitchatpalace

#pitchatpalace

British prosperity, in all its forms, is central to my work. I want to recognise and reward the people and organisations working to ensure that we have the workforce, intellectual property and entrepreneurial culture to succeed.

I consider it a priority to support young people in developing skills that make them more employable so that they can become economically active. There is no point having the right skills if there are no jobs. Generally, businesses are becoming more efficient and require fewer employees, so any growth in job opportunities will come from a more entrepreneurial economy.

I believe the UK has the best scientists and engineers in the world – they create valuable intellectual property that can be exploited by entrepreneurial endeavour. There must be a common acknowledgement that entrepreneurs will drive growth and be the wealth creators of the future.

HRH The Duke of York, KG

Pitch@Palace - November, 2014

    November, 2014 Winners

    First Prize

    Second Prize

  • Squirrel
  • SAM Labs
  • Pitch@Palace People's Choice

    First Prize

  • Gift Reveal
  • 5 runners up

  • See.Sense
  • SAM Labs
  • Fourth State Medicine
  • VocalIQ
  • Reach Robotics
  • KPMG Prize

  • Insignia Technologies
  • Pure Marine Gen
  • SAM Labs

Bootcamp

20th October, 2014

On 20th October 2014, The Duke held Pitch@Palace Bootcamp at Central Working Space, Mile End Road, in partnership with Microsoft Ventures and Wayra.

41 businesses from 14 Partner Organisations pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. One team was selected from each Partner Organisation to pitch at the live event at St James's Palace on 5th November, together with one wildcard. All of the other teams had the opportunity to attend the event.

HRH was extremely impressed by all of the businesses from Bootcamp and said, "I wish you all every success and congratulations for today"


P@P Finalists

  • Armourgel
  • Eddy
  • Fourth State Medicine
  • Insane Logic
  • Insignia Technologies
  • Pixel Toys
  • Pure Marine Gen
  • Reach Robotics
  • SAM Labs
  • Squirrel
  • Terra Recovery
  • Therapy Box
  • Virtually Free
  • VocalIQ
  • Wibbu

Pitch@Palace 2.0 Entrepreneurs

  • AlgoDynamix
  • AnywhereHPLC
  • Aqdot
  • Armourgel
  • Arnia
  • Ayar
  • Carritech Research
  • Dawn Robotics Ltd
  • Eddy Labs Ltd
  • Evil Twin Artworks Ltd
  • Fourth State Medicine Ltd
  • Gift Reveal
  • Insane Logic
  • Insignia Technologies
  • Kinnotech
  • KisanHub
  • Mutant Labs
  • Myriada
  • Nanodynamics
  • nu desine
  • OmniDynamics
  • Open Utility
  • Passive Eye Ltd
  • PixelPin Ltd
  • Pixel Toys
  • Pling (Formally DigiBlocks)
  • Poetica
  • Pure Marine Gen
  • Reach Robotics Limited
  • SAM Labs
  • See.Sense
  • Sinclair Fire
  • Smart Antenna Technologies
  • Squirrel
  • Terra Recovery
  • Therapy Box
  • Virtually Free
  • VocalIQ Limited
  • Wibbu

Pitch@Palace 1.0 Entrepreneurs

  • A Door For
  • Autism Biotech
  • Beem
  • Blocks
  • Brewbot
  • Code Kingdoms
  • Envolve Technology
  • FlatClub
  • Gateway Interactive
  • GitSquad
  • HF Design
  • Hubble (Formally Spacious)
  • Industrial Phycology
  • Karisma Kidz
  • Knodium
  • neighbourly
  • Nifty
  • OK, Yah!
  • Permutive (Formally Onlysix)
  • Pip & Nut
  • Proversity
  • Purple WiFi
  • Really Neet
  • Simpl
  • Skin Analytics
  • Taggled
  • The Backscratchers
  • Third Space Learning
  • TreePress
  • VetCloud
  • Wakelet
  • Waterfox
  • XBTerminal
  • Yossarian Lives
  • Yoyo
  • ZippyKit

Success Stories

SQUIRREL

Squirrel, founded by Mutaz Qubbaj and Emanuel Andjelic, is a technology platform that enables people to regain control of their finances by plugging directly into employers' payroll. Squirrel were the winners of the Pitch@Palace 2.0 live audience vote and, since the event, have seen enormous success: they have raised £500k, hired four new employees, and received extensive media coverage on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, WIRED, and in the Financial Times. Reflecting on Pitch@Palace, Mutaz said "The offer of support is a game-changer for Squirrel."

NU DESINE

Diego Alcala-Gaona came to Pitch@Palace 2.0 representing nu desine, the music technology company he founded, and its flagship product the AlphaSphere. Since the event, nu desine have reached 8.5 million views on one of their videos, contributing 20% of annual sales in just two weeks!

INSANE LOGIC

Insane Logic develops and launches speech and language therapy tools for children. Since founder Zoe Peden pitched at Pitch@Palace 2.0, the company is pursuing a partnership with the largest Children's Communication Charity, as a direct result of a connection made at the event.

SAM LABS

Joachim Horn founded SAM Labs to make electronic development kits for use in schools. Following Pitch@Palace, SAM Labs has launched its product to market and is partnering with school deployment programmes worldwide.

GIFT REVEAL

Gift Reveal is an online gift retail site selling experiences and voucher based goods. "Our Pitch@Palace experience was literally transformative and I can’t speak highly enough of it," says Hamish Keith, Founder of Gift Reveal "our business plan has changed and grown with access to the mentors and advice and we are on the road to a much better business". Since Pitch@Palace, Gift Reveal has relocated to the Barclays Accelerator and is in talks with top retail companies in London.

HALF HITCH GIN

Although not a Pitch@Palace team, HALF Hitch Gin and founder Mark Holdsworth provided a cocktail during the event at St. James's Palace. As a result, HALF HITCH has signed a number of new contracts across London and is undergoing taste tests with several establishments. Speaking after Pitch@Palace 2.0, Mark said, "The power of referrals from these initial advocates has been extraordinary and, whilst it's still very early days, I have been taken aback by the resulting speed of listings."

ZIPPYKIT

"The Pitch@Palace event has brought to my company not only highly influential connections, feedback and mentoring but also the privilege recognition and confidence that any startup could only dream with," says Elena Corchero, Founder of Zippykits "I now feel more empowered not only for the doors opened after the award ceremony but also by The Duke and its team constant follow- up, ensuring we keep up the momentum and recognise those who have made a difference." Zippykits combines smart textiles with technology to support children developing an enthusiasm for electronics from an early age.

PURPLE WIFI

Gavin Wheeldon founded Purple WiFi: a public WiFi platform that provides social login, marketing tools and location analytics. Since the first Pitch@Palace, Purple WiFi has gone on to raise $5 million in investment to support its international expansion.

YOYO

Yoyo has signed a deal with AirAsia and will roll out in-flight mobile payment and loyalty transactions. Founder Michael Rolph says, "(The Duke) is helping fix one of the biggest problems in Europe, namely press coverage of start-ups through the Pitch@Palace initiative. Without it we would not have seen anywhere near the continued coverage."

PIP & NUT

"It was a real honour to have the attention of such a high profile room", says Pippa Murray, founder of Pip and Nut - a range of all-natural nut butters inspired by her love of running. After the first Pitch@Palace, Pippa launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube and successfuly raised £120,000.

SPACIOUS

Tom Watson, Tushar Agarwal, and Rohan Silva are founders of Spacious – an online marketplace to make renting office space easy. Spacious has received £500,000 in seed funding in a round led by Spire Ventures, a company founded by former Dragons’ Den panelist James Caan. They now have 350 spaces in their catalogue! Spacious are based in London's Tech City and aim to hire five employees by Christmas.

REALLY NEET

Sophie Maxwell founded The Really NEET College – a safe learning environment for people who are not in education, employment or training. Since Pitch@Palace, Sophie has won one of the UK's ten Outstanding Young People Awards. She currently has 40 young people on the Really NEET programme.

AUTISM BIOTECH

“Very few people besides The Duke of York could have brought so many investors together", says Dr. Suzanne Saffie-Siebert, founder of Autism Biotech, which aims to market the world's first reliable test for Autism spectrum disorders. Since Pitch@Palace, the company have engaged in advanced talks with a potential investor.

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