Reach Robotics to compete in final of Pitch@Palace competition

Issue date: 03 November 2014


Silas Adekunle onstage presenting at Bristol Big Bang

Silas Adekunle from Reach Robotics, a start-up business based in the Business Technology Incubator at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), will compete in the second Pitch@Palace competition at St James's Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of York on Wednesday 5 November.

Fifteen start-up businesses, including Reach Robotics, have been selected to pitch their ideas following an initial selection process involving 41 science and technology start-ups from around the UK at a Bootcamp held in London in October. Three start –ups from BRL were represented at the Bootcamp: Reach Robotics, (Silas Adekunle), Dawn Robotics (Alan Broun), and OmniDynamics (David Graves).

Reach Robotics is developing the world's first robotic gaming system for the consumer market. The robots battle via tablet or smart phone.

Silas explains, “If you ever want people to have a lasting interest in this field you first need to capture their imagination. I believe so much in this lesson that I have created my own company bringing to the world the first robotic gaming system. The system features robots that will battle with each other controlled via an app on your smartphone. The robots are all fully upgradeable and when you have finished enjoying gaming you can programme them making this a new and very innovative way of learning and having fun at the same time.

“I am very excited to be involved in the Pitch@Palace – it has been a rewarding experience and brilliant networking opportunity.”

The Duke of York partnered with 14 Accelerator Organisations, including BRL, who each nominated three entrepreneurs to join the Bootcamp, which was held on 20 October, in partnership with Microsoft Ventures and Wayra. Fifteen start-ups were selected by a judging panel to pitch their business ideas at Wednesday's Pitch@Palace final. Each entrepreneur will have three minutes. The other 26 entrepreneurs who took part in Bootcamp will also attend, and will be able to network with an audience of CEOs, mentors, angel investors and other influential members of the UK business community before and after the pitching.

His Royal Highness will welcome guests and David Rowan, Editor WIRED magazine, will moderate the event. Pitch@Palace will be live-streamed at www.pitchatpalace.com – with both the invited audience and online viewers able to vote for their favourite business amongst the 41 start-ups competing for P@P People's Choice Award via a public vote through the website.

See David's pitch for OmniDynamics here and Alan's pitch for Dawn Robotics here

The Duke of York held the first Pitch@Palace event in April, 2014 – it is a key part of his work to support entrepreneurs, who he believes are essential to Britain's continuing prosperity. As technological advances allow 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.

Speaking about Pitch@Palace to Bootcamp participants on 20 October, the Duke said, "It's not just about investment. It's about knowledge and the transfer of ideas; it's about networking, mentoring and advice. There are a lot of people in the room who can solve a great many of your issues and problems, and actually help accelerate your businesses. I want to make sure that every single person who's in the audience agrees to at least one conversation with one of your businesses.”

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