Prince Andrew to judge a start-up competition on the Gold Coast this September

Prince Andrew will be flying into the Gold Coast this September for an appearance at one of the city’s top universities.

The Duke of York will be part of the judging panel for the Pitch@Palace Australia regional final, which will be held at Bond University on the 22nd of September.

The national winner of the start-up competition – which has a focus on technology and is open to all Australian citizens over the age of 16 – will be flown to London in December to pitch their winning idea at St James’s Palace in the global final.


The Duke will spend the day at Bond University talking with students and entrants from the Gold Coast and throughout Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory about their business ideas before helping to choose the regional finalists, who will then attend the national final in Sydney the following week.

The Duke of York said he is thrilled to be involved with the competition. “I am 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. 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 it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their idea and potentially receive global exposure and investment. “We are honoured to have The Duke of York visit Bond University, and very proud to be host of the northern leg of Pitch@Palace Australia. The nature of this event is especially fitting for Bond given our long-standing reputation for innovation and leadership in the entrepreneurial space,” said Professor Brailsford.

“The Duke of York is committed to building business networking events which connect innovators and investors on a global scale, and his passion for start-ups is infectious,” he said.

“The Pitch@Palace competition has been extraordinarily successful in the UK for several years and it is timely that Australia becomes part of this success story. This showcase event provides a unique and unparalleled opportunity for Australia’s best innovations to take their place on the global stage.

“We are keen to receive as many rich and varied ideas and applications as possible, to ensure that the Gold Coast, Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory are well represented at the national final. The public appeal of Pitch@Palace Australia is that it is accessible to everyone – from a student capturing their ‘light-bulb moment’ to a start-up enterprise through to a retiree’s lifelong business dream.

“The Duke of York is passionate about creating a platform for ideas, as are we, and turning them into reality. This is a global first for the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory and that is tremendously exciting.”

The national final of Pitch@Palace Australia will be held in Sydney on 27 September. The winners will go on to take part in Pitch@Palace Global at St. James’s Palace on 6 December, 2017. Applications for Pitch@Palace Australia are open now at and entry is free.