Pitch@Palace is an initiative set up by The Duke of York to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs with potential supporters, to accelerate and amplify their businesses.
Local tech companies are invited to apply to showcase their solution or ideas, with firms selected to pitch to an invited audience of judges from the world of entrepreneurship, tech, media and investment at the event at the Sunderland Software Centre on the 18January 2017.
During the event, the judges, guided by an audience vote via a dedicated app, will select who then progress to Pitch@Palace Boot Camp, where they’ll receive business support, investment advice and pitch development.
Finalists will then have the opportunity to network and pitch at the main Pitch@Palace event, held at St James's Palace on 25 April 2017.
In less than three years Pitch@Palace has helped over 247 businesses grow, with some now enjoying huge global success.
The initiative has received support from global entrepreneurs such as World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners Lee, Peter Jones from Dragon's Den and chef Heston Blumenthal.
The theme for Pitch@Palace 7.0 is ‘human tech’, and companies who have created or are developing solutions in Artificial Intelligence, Education Technology, Health Tech and Robotics amongst other categories invited to apply.
The Duke of York said: "Supporting a culture of Entrepreneurship in the UK is vital to our future prosperity, and I am looking forward to bringing Pitch@Palace On Tour to Sunderland."
Billy Webber, chief operating officer at Sunderland Software City, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Pitch@Palace On Tour Sunderland in January.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for tech companies at all stages to pitch their innovations to a global audience of influencers who can help take their business to the next level.
“We look forward to welcoming the Duke of York, judges and audience to the Sunderland Software Centre and celebrating the breadth and depth of the world-class technology sector we have here in the North East.”
Sunderland Software City are also inviting local independent food and drink entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their produce during the event.
For more information and for details of how to apply please visit http://pitchatpalace.com/apply-7-0/