UniSA recently hosted HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, KG, as he presented Pitch@Palace On Tour Adelaide, part of a global series of events helping entrepreneurs and startups to develop their ideas and innovations.
Pitch@Palace was founded by HRH in 2014 as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs, connecting early-stage businesses with an international network of potential supporters including CEOs, influencers, investors, mentors and business partners.
The Adelaide event was presented in conjunction with UniSA’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre and featured 13 entrepreneurs pitching to a panel of judges including South Australia’s Chief Scientist Caroline McMillen, HRH, and an appreciative audience of several hundred people.
Entrants were assessed on the commercial potential of their concept, ability to communicate their idea and the social impact of their business or innovation, with eight companies from Pitch@Palace On Tour Adelaide selected to attend a bootcamp and national finals in Brisbane.
Announcing the local winners, HRH said: “Thank you very much to all our entrepreneurs for your collaboration and participation. I am a strong believer that when it comes to entrepreneurs it is about how we can all work together to ensure these businesses have the best opportunities.”
At the finals in Brisbane, Adelaide startup Athlete’s AI made the shortlist of 12 companies who competed for a chance to attend Pitch@Palace’s global showcase event in London, but ultimately missed out on a place among the three national winners.
UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro, says the inaugural Pitch@Palace event in Adelaide represented “a wonderful opportunity” for UniSA to support the State’s most innovative entrepreneurs.
“As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA is renowned for its culture of innovation, fostering inventive and adventurous thinking and supporting bold new ideas. The companies attending Pitch@Palace are outstanding examples of global learners who are quick to recognise business opportunities that benefit society – the same qualities that UniSA instils in its own students and graduates.”
Among the judges at Pitch@Palace On Tour Adelaide was Dr Alex Grant, CEO of UniSA-affiliated company Myriota. Myriota is one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative businesses, an Internet of Things enterprise that was spun out of UniSA research in 2015, and HRH included time in his Adelaide schedule for a brief private audience with Dr Grant’s team.
“I am thrilled that The Duke of York has recognised Myriota’s work and included us in a small handful of companies he met with while in Adelaide,” Dr Grant says. “I was also pleased to be able to share Myriota’s insights and experience with aspiring entrepreneurs at Pitch@Palace.”
While in Adelaide, HRH officially opened Waging Peace, the second major exhibition to be held at MOD., UniSA’s future-focused museum. More information on Waging Peace can found in UniSA News.
More information on the contestants at Pitch@Palace On Tour Adelaide can be found in UniSA’s Media Centre.