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Prince Andrew is coming to Australia to hear your start-up pitch

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If you’re a budding entrepreneur, your idea may just be given the royal treatment when Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, arrives in Australia for the Pitch@Palace global event.

The visit by his Royal Highness has been confirmed with Pitch@Palace taking place in NSW, Victoria and Queensland in September.

“I am delighted to be able to bring Pitch@Palace to Australia,” the Duke of York said.
“Pitch@Palace is designed to support, enhance and add value to Start Up and Scale Up companies by providing a platform for Entrepreneurs and Audiences to meet, network and hear the great ideas that are

being commercialised and built by the next generation of Entrepreneurs.

“I am looking forward to visiting all the locations where Pitch is to take place, and wish the Entrepreneurs, wherever they may be in Australia, a successful time engaging with Pitch@Palace.”

Start-ups from across Australia are eligible to apply to take part with applications reviewed at each of the events.

These will be held at the four hosting university campuses including University of Wollongong, Macquarie University, Bond University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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The entrepreneurs who make it through the preliminary round will attend a boot camp were Australian business leaders will guide them on how to develop their pitch.

A selection of these businesses will then be chosen to pitch their ideas at the national final which will be held in Sydney on September 27.

Professor Alex Frino, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Strategy), University of Wollongong said: “I was fortunate enough to see a Pitch@ Palace event in London early in 2016. The level of excitement and enthusiasm in the room was most inspiring.

“The idea to bring the event to Australia was immediate and I am thrilled that together with my contemporaries from some of Australia’s best Universities, we are bringing Pitch@Palace to Australia.

“Together, we are confident that we will deliver an event that is not only exciting and innovative but one which is sure to expose some great ideas from the brilliant minds in this country.”

Anyone interested in applying can visit the website www.pitchatpalaceaustralia.com