Pitch@Palace On Tour Belfast

Added Monday, September 24 2018

The Northern Ireland regional heat of The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative took place at Ormeau Baths Belfast where their partner and supporter of Pitch at Palace, Barclays Eagle Labs is based. 

26 tech Entrepreneurs pitched their businesses, covering a range of sectors including Biotech and Medical Technology, Energy, Consumer Technology and Cyber Security, to an influential audience including HRH and over a hundred CEOs, Investors and members of the wider business community.

Pitch@Palace was founded by The Duke in 2014 as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs. Pitch@Palace guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters including CEOs, Influencers, Angels, Mentors and Business Partners.  

After a round of pitching, three winners were announced by HRH.

The winners were Mobiloo, which hires out high-dependancy mobile lavatory and bathroom facilities to allow disabled people to attend outdoor festivals; Neurovalens, which has launched a wearable wellness device, “Modius”, that treats diseases through the electrical modulation of the nervous system; and Stasher, which is the world’s first sharing economy solution for luggage storage. 

The three winning Entrepreneurs will now attend Pitch@Palace Boot Camp in Cambridge on 4 October 2018, and Pitch@Palace 10.0 at Buckingham Palace on 8 November 2018. 

At the event, The Duke of York, said; “Pitch is a collaborative activity helping the start-up and scale-up ecosystem. It’s the connections by the audience which probably make the biggest difference to the Entrepreneurs here today.”

The audience of over 100 guests from the business community across Northern Ireland and UK mainland also had the opportunity to listen to local Pitch@Palace Alumni, including Christine Boyle from Senergy who said “Our success in the competition and now being an Alumni of Pitch@Palace has opened up opportunities to grow, scale and succeed that would never have been available locally.” 

Kiran Bhagotra from Protect Box said “The Duke’s brand is fantastic. It’s been wonderful for export opportunities and PR. Since our Pitch we have been in articles in The Times and have started looking to get a grant for a TV show about cyber security. Be sure to carry the Pitch@Palace pin because it carries an awful lot of weight.

Philip McIntosh from Jumpack said “Never underestimate the strength of the Pitch@Palace brand around the world.”

Also speaking at the event was Steve Orr from Catalyst Inc, Alyson Hogg, Founder of Vita Liberata, and Patrick Magee from British Business Bank.

The remaining companies are still in the running to take part in the final of Pitch@Palace 10.0 based on the online application and given the quality of the pitches a few more entrepreneurs from this region could well make it through.

This regional Pitch@Palace On Tour event was supported by Catalyst Inc, Barclays Eagle Lab at Ormeau Baths, British Business Bank and Belfast City Council. 

Alan Watts, Director of Capital Match at Catalyst Inc, said “We were delighted to support Pitch@Palace again this year. The quality of the companies pitching and the passion for their products was outstanding. We wish the three companies selected the best of luck in the next stage. As we saw at the event, we have many world leading ambitious technology start-ups in Northern Ireland and Pitch@Palace is a great opportunity that could catapult these businesses to the next level.”

Lisa Bailie, Eco System Manger at Barclays Eagle Lab at Ormeau Baths said ‘We are delighted to be supporting the Pitch@Palace on Tour event in Belfast. We have been supporting Pitch@Palace across the UK since 2015, with sponsorship from Barclays' dedicated High Growth and Entrepreneurs team, and it is a unique competition that we are proud to be aligned with.”

(L-R) Lisa Donaldson, Alan Watts, Jacob Wedderburn-Day, Michael Holden MBE, Dr Jason McKeown, Patrick Magee, Lisa Bailie