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A technology-focussed Boot Camp for Pitch@Palace 10.0, the event for entrepreneurs founded by His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, was hosted by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Pitch@Palace 10.0 with His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG

The Boot Camp for Pitch@Palace 10.0, the programme for entrepreneurs founded by HRH The Duke of York, was hosted on 4 October by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.

The technology-focussed event featured three-minute pitches by 42 entrepreneurs to an audience of potential supporters, including influencers, angels, investors and others who may be able to help their businesses.

Twelve of those 42 ventures were selected to pitch for three minutes each at Pitch@Palace 10.0, to be held at Buckingham Palace on 8 November 2018, while the other 30 ventures will pitch for 30 seconds each at the event.

“Pitching and talking about your business is a hugely important aspect of business life,” The Duke of York told the Boot Camp audience at Cambridge Judge, adding that it is important for entrepreneurs to meet supporters who can “make a connection not only to you but for you” in terms of broader networks. The Duke of York is patron of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge.

Other speakers at the Boot Camp included Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; Professor Christoph Loch, Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School; and Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge.

The 12 entrepreneurs selected to make three-minute pitches on 8 November are: Biopaxium Technologies, Biosure, Fresh Check, Goodbox, Ideabatic, Lilypads, Mobiloo Ireland, On the Tools, Stasher, Turtle Pack, Virti and Voxpopme.

Three of the ventures at the Boot Camp for Pitch@Palace 10.0 have ties to Cambridge Judge Business School. They are:

  • Ideabatic, which developed a “smart box” system designed to prevent vaccines being spoiled in hot or remote locations. The venture was founded by Kitty Liao, an alumna of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (PGDE) programme part of the Cambridge Launchpad of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge.
  • H24E Innova, a power-generating venture founded by two Cambridge MBA alumni, Tadashi Kubo and Patara Panuparb (both MBA 2017). The system developed by H24E Innova generates on-demand clean electricity by combining ultra-short pulse laser technology with a hydrogen-based fuel cell, to help solve shortages of power and drinking water in off-grid areas.
  • POCKiT diagnostics, which aims to improve diagnosis of brain stroke through the application of rapid immune-based detection of stroke-specific biomarkers. The venture is currently supported by the Accelerate Cambridge programme of the Entrepreneurship Centre.

The 4 October Boot Camp was the second hosted by Cambridge Judge Business School, following a February 2016 biotech-themed event held at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, just outside Cambridge.