The Sharp Project hosts first Pitch @ Palace outside London
The Sharp Project has become the first venue outside London to host Pitch@Palace On Tour. In total 17 tech start-ups from across the UK including seven from Manchester and one from Lancaster gave a three minute presentation to The Duke of York and a panel of judges from the technology sector including Scott Fletcher from ANS, Claire Braithwaite from TechNorth, Martin Bryant from The Next Web and Lawrence Jones from UKFast.
HRH founded Pitch@Palace last year to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas by connecting them with potential supporters including CEOs, Angels, Mentors, and key Business Partners.
The judges selected three finalists who will now attend a ‘Boot Camp’ in London to gain more mentoring and coaching before Pitch@Palace 4.0 at St James Palace on 2 November.
The Duke of York said: “Pitch@Palace has taken off in a way I never expected. It started when I thought I should become a VC myself but I quickly realised a member of the Royal family would never make a good VC. However, I can add value to the world of the entrepreneur by being an accelerant and nothing more. I can help people network, make connections and help businesses accelerate. It great to be able to take what we’ve done in London and bring it to the regions. This is about finding more entrepreneurs and helping them get the exposure they rightfully deserve.”
Stuart Marks founder of L Marks and supporter and organiser of Pitch@Palace On Tour said: “This event is all about entrepreneurs and supporting the best and brightest in the country. With Manchester’s growing reputation as a buzzing digital city it seemed a natural first stop on our tour and we couldn’t imagine a better place to showcase our event than The Sharp Project.”
Rose Marley, Chief Operating Officer at The Sharp Project said: “The Sharp Project was delighted to host this first event outside London. Not only are we home to more than 50 tech and digital businesses but we have a strong commitment to education and skills in the sector and developing talent to provide the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, both of which are subjects hugely supported by The Duke.”
Jonathan Burr from HOWZ, a company that has created an app to help monitor the health and well-being of the elderly, based at The Sharp Project, and one of the three finalists that will be going to ‘Boot Camp’ with 41 other companies from across the UK said: “It’s very exciting to have got to the next stage. It was quite a challenge to explain what we do in just three minutes but I hope we got across that we have done our research and we are really passionate about our product. We hope to market this service to individuals, but also housing associations, as it is a cost effective way for them to monitor their older residents’ health and alert them quickly if any issues occur.”
The two other finalists were Innovative Heathcare Solutions from Glasgow and London-based Blockdox.
Other Pitch@Palace On Tour events will take place in Edinburgh and Bristol in the coming weeks.
The final Pitch@Palace event takes place in London on November 02nd