Local entrepreneurs will be treated to a special visit from The Duke of York, Prince Andrew today as he heads to the Gold Coast’s Bond University to judge the Pitch@Palace Australia start-up competition.
The region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds will present their start-up concepts in person to the Duke, with the 8 lucky winners then selected to attend a national Boot Camp at Wollongong.
They will be joined by a further 16 finalists from other states and will be mentored by a number of leading Australian and international business identities.
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Half of the Boot Camp entrepreneurs will then be selected to pitch their ideas at the Pitch@Palace Australian final, which will be held at Government House in Sydney on 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.
The Duke of York said he was delighted to be able to bring Pitch@Palace to Australia.
“Pitch@Palace is designed to support, enhance and add value to start-up and scale-up companies by providing a platform for entrepreneurs and audiences to meet, network and hear the great ideas that are being commercialised and built by the next generation of entrepreneurs,” he said.
“I am looking forward to visiting all the locations where Pitch is to take place, and wish the entrepreneurs, wherever they may be in Australia, a successful time engaging with Pitch@Palace.”
Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said he was very pleased with the calibre of entries received.
“Our judges have been seriously impressed by the quality of entries we have received, and excited by their diversity and creativity,” he said.
“Pitch@Palace Australia will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea here on the Gold Coast and earn the opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage.”