Pitch@Palace, a programme set up by HRH The Duke of York in a bid to support entrepreneurs with the expansion and acceleration of their business ideas, has unveiled the 12 startups that will be pitching at the final held at St James’ Palace next month.
The companies, whittled down from 41 firms, operate across wide range of sectors including jewelry, insurance and mortgages.
The 12 startups pitching at the palace on 1st November are:
- Quit Genius – an app to deliver personalised and gamified cognitive behavioural therapy to smokers trying to quit
- KINDEO – an autobiographical storytelling platform for older people
- Unmortgage – the missing first step on the housing ladder
- Eat Me App – a retrofit IOT solution and mobile application, which enables household consumers to transform their relationship with food waste
- RAB Microfluidics – productizing and commercialising microfluidic technology for lubricating oil analysis
- ZapGo – tackling two battery problems: slow charging and short life.
- MusicForPets – makes relaxing music for cats and dogs.
- Atelier Technology – enterprise cloud platform connecting the jewellery supply chain: a vertical software solution for retailers, brands, wholesalers and manufacturers worldwide
- By Miles – a pay-per-mile car insurer, combining flexible policies with a smart driving app to make car insurance fairer
- ForestCar – a sustainable car sharing service for airports.
- Freedom One Life – established to design and manufacture a game changing 21st century power wheelchair.
- Exaactly.com – A new addressing system that enables customers to mark any location on earth for delivery, eliminating inaccuracy and providing personalised online orders
“Every year the calibre of entrepreneurs applying to Pitch@Palace gets better and better,” said The Duke of York.
“The 41 entrepreneurs at Bootcamp were selected from hundreds of applicants that have pitched at regional events across the country. Bootcamp really showcased the diverse nature of the UK’s entrepreneurial market, and now the best of the best will compete at St James’s Palace.
“I am incredibly proud of the achievements of the entrepreneurs in the Pitch@Palace 8.0 competition, and will be excited to see how we can help them succeed in the next phase of their journey.”
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This year’s competition theme is ‘The Future of Mobility and Materials’ and will see business ideas explore the potential impact that technological innovation in the mobility and connectivity sectors can have on citizens’ everyday lives.
“Any startup will tell you that a strong ecosystem is integral to success,” said Louise Bleach, business development manager of Desolenator and winner of Pitch@Palace 7.0.
“Since the finals at Pitch@Palace, we’ve been very fortunate to have been introduced to some incredible individuals, such as Dr. Han who is the special envoy for water at the UN (as well as being the ex-prime minister of Korea). It has given us more than a foot in the door – but rather a direct invitation to the top floor,” she concluded.
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