On Tuesday, 24th June, The Duke visited Liverpool, attending a number of engagements focused on Entrepreneurship and Education and Skills.
First, HRH attended the Pitch and Panel Debate for The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award at St. George’s Hall. Launched in 2013, the inaugural Award celebrates the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. Open to any first business founder that has been trading for 18 months or less on 1st April 2014, the Award recognises those demonstrating the entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition and drive to build a successful enterprise.
During his visit, The Duke commented: “If there’s one thing that can make a difference to prosperity in the UK it’s high growth, fast growth businesses. Listening to these people shows that we’re on the right track”. After watching the three minute pitches, HRH met with the 10 semi-finalists to learn more about their innovative ideas and businesses.
The Duke next joined a roundtable discussion at St. George’s Hall with entrepreneurs from the North West. The conversation focussed on emerging trends in the region including potential skill gaps and ways which these areas can best be addressed.
HRH later visited The University of Liverpool, visiting three departments. The first stop was The Architecture Department where The Duke met with final year students who presented their futuristic design projects which aim to push the boundaries of engineering and materials science. HRH then moved onto The Department of Particle Physics and met professors who were involved in the discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN. The final stop was the Materials and Structures Department at the School of Engineering where researchers presented their investigations in additive manufacturing processes and rapid prototyping for use in the production of advanced 3D printed implants for medical purposes.