Reaching new heights; Reach Robotics shines at Pitch@Palace

Issue date: 20 November 2014

Silas presenting on stage.

Silas Adekunle from Reach Robotics, a start-up business based in the Technology Business Incubator at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), has been named as the runner-up in the People's Choice category at Pitch@Palace competition, held at St James's Palace and hosted by HRH The Duke of York.

Silas has also been selected as one of the entrepreneurs to visit Saudi Arabia to attend the sister Pitch@Palace competition, at the King Abdullah Economic City on 20 November.

Fifteen start-up businesses, including Reach Robotics, were selected to pitch their ideas following an initial selection process involving 41 science and technology start-ups, from around the UK, who attended a 'Bootcamp' 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 in real life, controlled by players via tablet or smart phone.

Silas says, “It was a fantastic experience to pitch in front of such a distinguished audience. Being the People's Choice runner-up is a validator for us as a company and also for our product. Since the pitch at palace, we've had lots of meetings, opportunities and exposure that has the potential to propel our start-up to new heights.”

One such opportunity was an invitation to take part in the Microsoft Ventures Pitch contest. The competition was divided into 3 categories: Internet of Things, Mobile and Apps, and Gaming. Reach Robotics competed in the Gaming category and won, and were subsequently crowned overall winner based on the highest score, as voted for by the judges.

Jill Burnett, Innovation Manager at the Technology Business Incubator commented, "We were delighted to participate in Pitch@Palace. The event was excellent and provided a great platform and valuable introductions for all of us. When we set up our pilot incubator just over a year ago with 8 start-ups it would have been hard to imagine we could be here today or how fast these technology start-ups would progress. Now our founders are participating and succeeding in global competitions and international events. Pitch@Palace has helped make this possible.”

To watch a Financial Times Business video of Silas being interviewed at the competition, please visit theMSN video pages.

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