Duke of York to bring together “high-potential” science start-ups at Pitch@Palace tomorrow

15 science businesses will compete in Microsoft and Wayra-backed initiative for chance to be voted winner

His Royal Highness, the Duke of York is to lead the science-focused Pitch@Palace competition at St James’s Palace tomorrow; an initiative which looks to connect “high-potential” UK start-ups with over 300 influential individuals.

Ran in partnership with Microsoft Ventures and Wayra, 15 shortlisted businesses will be pitching to a select group of judges, including WIRED magazine editor David Rowan, for the opportunity to be voted winner by an audience of entrepreneurs, journalists, and industry leaders, along with a public vote via the website.

The Pitch@Palace finalists, which includes body armour clothing start-up Armourgel and digital game specialist Pixel Toys, were selected from a crop of 41 early-stage businesses having successfully presented their ideas at a qualifier round – ‘Bootcamp’ – held on October 20 at Central Working.

Discussing the aims of the initiative, Prince Andrew commented: “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.”

Pitch@Palace will be live streamed tomorrow here.

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