Pitch@Palace Winners

P@P winnersThe Duke of York held Pitch@Palace at St. James’s Palace on 5th November, 2014.
HRH founded Pitch@Palace to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas by connecting them with potential supporters including angels, mentors or key business contacts.
The Duke opened Pitch@Palace by saying, “I am passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs building their businesses. And by doing this we are helping to build a future prosperity that is based on entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom.”
“It is incredibly heartening for me to hear that this vision is shared by so many of you.”
David Rowan, Editor, WIRED magazine, moderated the evening with 15 Entrepreneurs chosen from 40 Entrepreneurs pitching to an audience of 300. Guests enjoyed food and drinks provided by local London based entrepreneurs.

There was a People’s Choice for all 40 teams and a live vote in the evening.

The winners were:

Pitch@Palace Winners

 sq Squirrel
Squirrel is a technology platform that helps users to gain control of their finances. Founded by Mutaz Qubbaj and Emanuel Andjelic, Squirrel is supported by WIRED. After a fantastic pitch, Squirrel were successful in winning the live audience vote and received a trip to Silicon Valley in the USA, courtesy of Wayra, and fast pass to the shortlist to attend Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Madness.
 sam SAM LabsSAM Labs, founded by Joachim Horn, produce accessible electronic kits aimed at getting young people interested in technology. SAM Labs integrates Hardware, Software and the Internet to make learning about engineering more approachable and fun. SAM Labs received the Runners Up prize of a Fast pass to the shortlist to attend Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Madness.

P@P People’s Choice

The Pitch@Palace People’s Choice was decided over a week of online voting. The 41 entrepreneurs who took part in Bootcamp created a short pitching video and were encouraged to share through social media.

 gr Gift Reveal
Gift Reveal matches technology with gift giving by turning a purchase into an interactive treasure hunt. Founded by Hamish Keith and Amanda Mackrell, Gift Reveal will launch in 2015. Gift Reveal received a trip to the USA courtesy of Barclays and desk space at Microsoft Ventures.

As runners up for P@P People’s Choice, the following entrepreneurs received free Desks at the Barclays Accelerator in London November 2014 – March 2015 with access to the Techstars and Barclays support teams.

see.sens See.Sense
See.Sense is a cycling software and technology company. Founded by Irene McAleese and Joe Nicholson, See.Sense has created an intelligent bike light that flashes when a cyclist is in danger.
 fsm Fourth State Medicine
Fourth State Medicine, founded by Dr Thomas Harle and Professor James Frame, has developed sophisticated Plasma technology for use in healthcare. Their first product improves wound and cosmetic care without the need for drugs.
 viq VocalIQ
VocalIQ is a technology company that has developed the world’s first self-learning dialog API. Founded by Blaise Thomson and Vishal Chatrath, their software puts real conversation between devices and their users and becomes more intelligent with every interaction.
reach robotics Reach Robotics
Reach Robotics was founded by Silas Adekunle and Christopher Beck. They are developing the world’s first robotic gaming system which hosts battles using smart phones or tablets.
sam SAM Labs

KPMG Prize

Winners of The KPMG Prize are selected to attend The Duke of York’s Reception at The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

insignia Insignia Technologies
Erik Smyth and Jonny Macneal from Insignia Technologies have developed smart labelling to help reduce food wastage. Using Insignia’s patented colour changing pigments, customers can identify food freshness.
pure marine gen Pure Marine Gen
Pure Marine generates electricity from off-shore waves using a patented energy converter. Founded by Paul Brewster, Pure Marine Gen has unique features that produce over 40% more power than existing designs.
sam SAM Labs

 

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Listen to The Duke’s interview with BBC Radio 5 Live

 

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