PRINCE ANDREW SAYS 'CONNECTIVITY' AND COLLABORATION IS THE KEY TO STARTUP SUCCESS
22 September 2017, Written by Ben Hall
PRINCE ANDREW has been part of a judging panel that has taken pitches from 17 of the best and brightest minds from Queensland, Northern Territory and northern New South Wales as part of a nationwide competition to find Australia's top entrepreneur.
The Duke of York was the special guest at Bond University on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Pitch@Palace Australia startup competition which this year has a focus on technology.
The Duke spent the day at Bond University talking with students and entrants from Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory about their business ideas before they pitched their ideas directly to him as part of the competition which was designed to pick the regional winners who will then attend the national final in Sydney next week.
"This event is all about connections and connectivity," Prince Andrew said.
"The whole point of Pitch@Palace aims to support, enhance and add value to start Up and scale Up companies by providing a platform for entrepreneurs and Audiences to meet and network.
"The global nature of business and particularly new, innovative, distributive and technically minded businesses, that increasingly see international borders as irrelevant to the new ways of conducting businesses.
The budding business moguls presented an array of innovative ideas and inventions at the Bond University event, including a Tinder-like app for airport travellers, a new banking platform, improved cold sore treatment, cyber-security technology, and an app that uses storytelling to support mental health.
From this event, eight regional finalists will be selected to attend a national Boot Camp at Wollongong next week, where they will be joined by a further 16 finalists from the other states to be mentored by a number of leading Australian and international business identities.
Half of these Boot Camp entrepreneurs will then be selected to pitch their ideas at the Pitch@Palace Australian final, to be held at Government House in Sydney next Wednesday, 27 September. The winning team will be crowned Australia's best and then be flown to London to represent Australia at the global final of Pitch@Palace at St James' Palace on 6 December, 2017.
Boot Camps and On Tour regional finals will also be held in New South Wales and Victoria at the University of Wollongong, Macquarie University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Finalists for Queensland, Northern Territory and northern New South Wales:
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Author: Ben Hall