Bristol Robotics Lab start-ups make royal pitch

Issue date: 20 October 2014

Three new start-up tech businesses based in the Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL) will be taking their innovative ideas to the Pitch@Palace Bootcamp today, The Duke of York's acclaimed initiative to support entrepreneurs.

Reach Robotics, (Silas Adekunle), Dawn Robotics (Alan Broun), and OmniDynamics (David Graves) are three start-up companies based in the Technology Business Incubation Unit in BRL that have been chosen for the Pitch@palace competition Bootcamp taking place on Monday 20 October.

Pitch@Palace is The Duke of York's acclaimed initiative to support entrepreneurs, who HRH believes are essential to Britain's continuing prosperity. As technological advance allows traditional businesses to become more efficient, The Duke believes Entrepreneurship will offer alternative opportunities and become a key driver of economic growth and job creation.

The first Pitch@Palace event took place in April 2014, when His Royal Highness worked with 36 businesses from across the UK. The next Pitch@Palace will take place at St James's Palace on Wednesday 5th November 2014, and will be focused on Science.

Today's Bootcamp is the final stage of preparation before Pitch@Palace , and a total of 42 businesses will be pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. Teams will be assessed on three criteria: Best Pitch, Commercial Impact, and Most Disruptive Idea. One business from each Partner Organisation will then be selected to pitch at St James's Palace on November 5th, together with one wildcard.

The Duke of York explained his support for a science-focused Pitch@Palace, “I believe the UK has the best scientists and engineers in the world – they create valuable intellectual property that can be exploited by entrepreneurial endeavour. There must be a common acknowledgement that entrepreneurs will drive growth and be the wealth creators of the future."

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