Locals treated to special visit by Prince Andrew at Bond University

HIS Royal Highness Prince Andrew has arrived on the Gold Coast for the Queensland finals of his entrepreneur competition Pitch@Palace.

The Duke of York arrived at Bond University on Tuesday to find a crowd of excited royal fans waiting to welcome him.

He was greeted by Bond University Chancellor Dr Annabelle Bennett and Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, before touring the Faculty of Law.


The royal then took a walk through the university’s entrepreneurial hub and met students at the Bond Business School, before listening to 17 of the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds pitch their start-up concepts.

Two of the entrepreneurs included Clinton Schultz of Sobah Beverages which brews alcohol-free craft beers infused with bush tucker, and Emma Sommerville who has launched Folktribe, an ethical, environmentally sustainable fashion label.

Eight finalists and a wild card were then selected to go through to the Australian final of Pitch@Palace in Brisbane on Friday, with the winner of that event to compete in the global final at St James’s Palace in London next month.

Local surf industry icon Nev Hyman took out the Pitch@Palace competition last year with his affordable housing company NevHouse that turns recycled plastic and other sustainable materials into low-cost homes.

Mr Hyman said the exposure that followed had been invaluable.

“It’s really easy to impress people when you chuck up a photo (of you) hanging out with His Royal Highness, but probably more important is the access to people that in your wildest dreams you’d never have met,” he said.