Prince Andrew to return to Gold Coast for global start-up competition

Local entrepreneurs will be treated to a special visit from The Duke of York, Prince Andrew this November, when he flys into the Gold Coast for the Pitch@Palace Australia start-up competition.

It was officially announced today that HRH Duke of York will make a special appearance at Bond University on 27 November, where he will chat with students and entrants from Queensland and the Northern Territory about their business ideas.

Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford said after such a successful inaugural event in 2017, the University is proud to once again host the northern regional Pitch@Palace Australia event and welcome the Duke back to its Robina campus.


“Last year’s event captured much interest as we followed the fortunes of the teams,” Mr Brailsford said.

“The Bond University community looks forward to hosting the second round of Pitch@Palace Australia and we are honoured that the Duke will visit the campus again.”

Bond University graduate and founder of Faebella luxury active wear Alisha Geary and local businessman Nev Hyman of NevHouse travelled to London to represent Australia in the global final of the Pitch@Palace start-up competition last year.

Mr Hyman’s NevHouse, which turns recycled plastic and other sustainable materials into low cost homes, schools and medical clinics, was the ultimate winner of the global competition.

He said Pitch@Palace was an exciting opportunity that helped him access key people in the EU, UN and the World Bank.

“Being part of the Pitch@Palace competition at Bond University absolutely helped our business NevHouse,” Mr Hyman said last year.

“From the first moment we met Prince Andrew at Bond, the association of being part of Pitch@Palace has been worth its weight in gold.”

The national winners of the 2018 start-up competition, which is open to all Australian citizens over the age of 18, will be flown to London in December to pitch their winning idea at St James’s Palace in the global final.