We welcomed The Duke of York on campus for Pitch@Palace On Tour

18 February 2019

The University of Hertfordshire last week hosted Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Hertfordshire at its de Havilland campus, where 20 Entrepreneurs had the opportunity to Pitch to an Audience of local stakeholders, influencers, mentors and business partners.

Founded by The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace guides, helps and connects entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Pitch@Palace On Tour events provide Entrepreneurs from across the country with the opportunity to connect with local stakeholders and receive mentoring to develop their businesses.

Following an afternoon of Pitches and business networking in the University’s Weston Auditorium, The Duke of York announced the three Entrepreneurs who have been selected to take part in Pitch@Palace 11.0 Boot Camp in London in May, ahead of Pitch@Palace 11.0 at St James’s Palace in June, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to an Audience of influential investors, mentors and business leaders.

The three winners of Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Hertfordshire are Fluid Pharma, Rootwave and Suzero.

Since 2014, Pitch@Palace has helped over 785 businesses grow, with some now enjoying global success. Pitch@Palace 11.0 has a broad technology theme, seeking entrepreneurs that have identified opportunities in areas ranging from Biotech and the Internet of Things, to Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

“Pitch@Palace On Tour events are about going around the country to look for exciting news business ideas. Today we are here to see if we can help grow these scaling businesses because I know that serendipity is something we can attest to; everyone in this auditorium could make an introduction today to enhance what these businesses are doing. With Pitch@Palace we are looking for mentors and advisors, those who can give professional advice to these businesses. We are looking for people to open their supply chains and distribution systems, to create connections and lastly, investment. By working together and making these introductions we can help these businesses grow and that is what Pitch@Palace is all about.

His Royal Highness
The Duke of York

As a university dedicated to business and entrepreneurship, we were delighted to welcome Pitch@Palace to our de Havilland campus this week. I know the Entrepreneurs’ Pitches will have will have inspired our students to follow their business dreams upon graduation. As a university we aim to act as an incubator for local businesses, and we were honoured to be able to bring together colleagues and stakeholders from across the local economy to network with such an innovative group of Entrepreneurs at Pitch@Palace On Tour Hertfordshire.

Professor Quintin McKellar
Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire


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