Student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to Duke of York at King’s Demo Day

Organised by the Entrepreneurship Institute, 18 start-ups from King's College had three minutes to pitch to Prince Andrew, venture capitalists and investors

While many entrepreneurs dream of pitching their business ideas to a bunch of Dragons; students, staff and alumni at King’s College London were given the chance to pitch to a Prince.

Organised by the Entrepreneurship Institute, the university’s first Demo Day saw 18 start-ups showcase their offering infront of a range of judges that included Prince Andrew, Duke of York and a host of top investors and venture capitalists.

The 18 start-ups who presented their ideas were:

  • hackajob: A recruitment platform for the tech sector that has raised over £1m. Clients include over 35,000 candidates and
    over 500 companies including MarketInvoice, Monzo, Apple, Cisco.
  • C the Signs: A digital platform designed to helped doctors help detect cancer at a curable stage. Has raised £10,000 in grants
  • PixSure: Helps brands create highly targeted ads by scanning images shared by its followers.
  • Teech: An app that allows school students to ask any question and receive a live video call from a tutor in under 30 seconds. Has raised £520,000.
  • Memento: Uses crowdsourced photography to build virtual reconstructions of events.
  • Roomor Proptech: A ‘smart home as a service’ platform that utilises Internet of Things (IoT) and AI.
  • Trarvel:  An integrated tour guide that uses augmented reality.
  • Oslr: Online medical education platform for teachers and learners. Has raised £20,000.
  •  Cycl: Designs and retails innovative cycling products.
  • GripBeats: Creates wearable tech that allows users to create music. Has raised £15,500.
  • DroneID: Offers maximum accessibility and proof of compliance for drones in restricted airspaces using AI and Blockchain technologies.
  • First Result: Data-driven marketing start-up that has raised £7,500 grant funding.
  • Bahati Books: Publishes e-books written by African writers, Has raised £16,000 in grant funding.
  • HealthMakeSpace: Networking platform that connects start-ups with healthcare experts. Has raised £15,000.
  • Moovr: Provides market information to poor farmers in Africa – helping to lift them out of poverty.
  • Orcai: Uses artificial intelligence technology to manage project resources.
  • Attollo Lingerie: D+ lingerie brand. Raised £170,000 investment.
  • The Medic App: A smartphone app that allows users to schedule medication reminders and track adherance for themselves and their loved oneRaised £30,000 in grants.

Speaking about entrepreneurship HRH said:

“The single most important thing about entrepreneurship is the fact that there are more and more organisations, such as mine [Pitch@Palace], King’s, and others, who are here for your benefit, and are here to help you get yourselves to where you next need to be”.

Julie Devonshire OBE, director of Entrepreneurship Institute, said:

“We are honoured to have Prince Andrew, Duke of York support us and our community of entrepreneurs. This was our first demo day and an exciting opportunity to showcase the diverse talent of our community.

“We were delighted to welcome leading investors and venture capitalists including Founders Factory, Smedvig Capital, and London Business Angels. There was a lot of enthusiasm for our entrepreneurs and we expect a lot of fruitful partnerships to form over the coming months.”

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