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Final call for royal pitch

Budding entrepreneurs must be quick to capitalise on the opportunity to personally pitch their start-up ideas to royalty, with applications closing for the inaugural Pitch@Palace Australia competition.

Participants from across Queensland and the Northern Territory can ‘sell their start-ups’, in person, to HRH, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at the judging of the regional final at Bond University on the Gold Coast in September 2017.

The Duke of York will select the best entrepreneurs from ‘the North’ to join other finalists from across the country in a national Boot Camp, where they’ll be offered mentoring by inspirational Australian and international business minds, before presenting their ideas at the national final. The successful start-up will be flown to London in December 2017 for the global pitch at St James’ Palace.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to potentially receive global exposure and investment.

“We are honoured to have The Duke of York visit Bond University, and very proud to be host of the northern leg of Pitch@Palace Australia. The nature of this event is especially fitting for Bond given our long-standing reputation for innovation and leadership in the entrepreneurial space,” said Professor Brailsford.

“This showcase event provides a unique and unparalleled opportunity for Australia’s best innovations to take their place on the global stage. We are keen to receive as many rich and varied ideas and applications as possible, to ensure that the Gold Coast, Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory are well represented at the national final.”

Pitch@Palace is open to anyone and entry is free. The Queensland and Northern Territory Boot Camp will be held at Bond University on 21 September 2017, followed by the regional final on 22 September 2017.

The Duke of York has said: “I am delighted to be able to bring Pitch@Palace to Australia. Pitch@Palace is designed to support, enhance and add value to start-up and scale-up companies by providing a platform for entrepreneurs and audiences to meet, network and hear the great ideas that are being commercialised and built by the next generation of entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to visiting all the locations where Pitch is to take place, and wish the entrepreneurs, wherever they may be in Australia, a successful time engaging with Pitch@Palace.”

Applications are open until Tuesday, 1 August 2017.

Source: Bond University

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