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Pitch@Palace Tour Coming to Edinburgh

Dominique Adams

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Call for Scotland based entrepreneurs to apply for the accelerator programme founded by the Duke of York.

The prestigious Pitch@Palace programme is set to embark on a UK-wide tour, which will see it visit Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh this summer. The event will be hosted by the Edinburgh Business School and Heriot-Watt University.

The purpose of the tour is to offer entrepreneurs the chance to learn more about the Pitch@Palace initiative, as well as connect them with local stakeholders and to receive mentoring.

Founded in 2014, the platform is designed to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs. Not only does it offer them guidance, it helps to connect them and small-businesses to potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, and business partners.

A Chance to Pitch to a Royal Audience

The winners from each Pitch@Palace on Tour event are invited to attend its Boot Camp event. The camp provides 42 entrepreneurs with the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts and some of the Alumni. All participants will then progress to the next stage where they will be asked to pitch to a panel of judges, of which 12 successful entrepreneurs will then have the chance to make a three-minute pitch at the historic royal residence, St James’s Palace.

Whether selected to Pitch at St. James’s Palace or not, all entrepreneurs can join the programme’s growing alumni network and receive ongoing support. Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, enthused about the competition saying: “It is an exceptional opportunity and we’re appealing to entrepreneurs from all over Scotland to get to it and apply.”

Previous Scottish applicant, Cyan Forensics (CF) said that the event was a great opportunity for a company to raise its profile to a national level and introduce it to a royal audience. Ian Stevenson CEO of CF told DIGIT: “Boot Camp really helped us shape our pitch, and Graham did a fantastic job of delivering on the day. We’ve got some high quality connections out of the event.”

The event culminates in a final event held at St. James’s Palace. All 42 Entrepreneurs who attend Boot Camp have the opportunity to attend.

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Dominique Adams

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