The twelve firms in with a chance of winning Pitch@Palace have been confirmed, with a focus on the human aspect of technology application.
Pitch@Palace, established by HRH The Duke of York to support entrepreneurs with the expansion and acceleration of their business ideas, has announced the Boot Camp winners that will go on to participate in the Pitch@Palace 7.0 final at St James’ Palace on 25th April.
Founded in 2014, Pitch@Palace gives entrepreneurs the chance to get their tech business ideas in front of an audience of prestigious influencers who have the ability to catapult them to the next level, including CEOs, angel investors, venture capitalists, mentors and potential business partners. As the theme for Pitch@Palace 7.0 is ‘human tech’, all the finalists’ business ideas explore the potential impact of technology in improving our everyday lives.
The following Pitch@Palace 7.0 finalists will take part in a final pitch on the 25th of April at St James’s Palace:
BLINK: Humanising Autonomy - a communications device that redefines the relationship between pedestrians and self-driving vehicles
BrainwaveBank - a neuroscience platform that takes sophisticated brain imaging out of the lab and makes daily in-home brain health monitoring accessible to everyone
Caervest - a quantum leap forward in life saving medical tech that has already saved lives by providing ultra-early powerful cooling to heat compromised patients in remote locations
CENTURYTech - a company that uses AI technology to engage learners with a personalised learning experience, whilst empowering educators with real-time data insights
Desolenator - a clean technology with the potential to affect the lives of millions by transforming seawater or contaminated water into low cost drinking water using solar power
Limitless Travel - an app is harnessing the power technology to make the world accessible to all. It is their mission to revolutionise travel for people with disabilities.
OpenBionics - a company that creates smart prosthetics for children with limb differences to transform them into their favourite superheroes
Oxford Heartbeat - technology that makes cardiovascular surgery more accurate and safe, enabling clinicians to rehearse surgeries to choose the best option for each patient
SafetyNet Techologies LTD - technology for fishermen that can lower by-catch by 90% -- saving fish, helping fishermen, and protecting an increasingly essential food source now and for the future
Smartify - an app that allows users to identify and uncover the great stories behind your favourite art. SMARTIFY CIC uses advanced image-recognition and Augmented Reality (AR) to help people make meaningful connections with art
Tech Will Save Us - a digital toolkit that allows adults and children to build tools that help kids to make, play, code and invent
TryLife - a platform that creates interactive films, allowing users worldwide to make life choices on behalf of film characters and see the consequences of their actions
The Duke of York said: "I am immensely proud of the achievements of the Entrepreneurs in the Pitch@Palace 7.0 programme. In less than three years, there have been over 500 pitches at events all over the United Kingdom and they have shone a light on the diversity and imagination across the country, clearly demonstrating that pursuing an idea or dream can be realised with knowledge and determination. I wish all those taking part in the People's Choice Award and the final of Pitch 7.0, every success. ”
Wes Sugden-Brook, founder and managing director of Drenched Ltd and winner of Pitch@Palace 6.0, says: "The Pitch@Palace process was fantastic from start to finish and is simply unique within the world of business and entrepreneurship. It enabled me to meet some incredible mentors whilst making connections that I simply couldn't have envisaged a year ago - all of whom are going to have a genuine impact on the growth of Drenched over the next few years."
”I wholeheartedly wish the Pitch@Palace 7.0 entrants the very best of luck and, if I could pass on any advice from my own experience, it would be, "Embrace your mistakes - they'll help to shape what's next; have an unwavering belief in yourself and others will follow; and finally, just have fun! The journey you take will undoubtedly be tough, but that doesn't mean it can’t be enjoyable.”
Pitch@Palace People's Choice Vote
The companies are also taking part in the Pitch@Palace People’s Vote based around a one minute pitch. To vote, see entries here http://pitchatpalace.com/vote/