On Tuesday 20th November, I had the pleasure of attending Government House Melbourne to witness Pitch@Palace on Tour Melbourne in the presence of HRH The Duke of York KG and Her Excellency The Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.
Founded by The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace provides a platform for Entrepreneurs to showcase their work and provides them with opportunities to meet people who can assist them to make their business dreams into a reality.
The Entrepreneurs were from a diverse range of industries:
Biotech & Medical Technology
Consumer Technology & Internet of Things
Energy, Environmental & Renewables Technologies
Health & Well-being Technology
Materials, Substances & By-products
Media, Communications & Entertainment Technology
Seventeen Entrepreneurs pitched their business to a very welcoming audience who in turn were asked to vote for their top three Entrepreneurs on the day. Each Entrepreneur had 3 minutes to deliver their Pitch which also included an ‘ASK’ - what they are asking the audience to contribute to their business. A unique part of this event was that a bugler acted as the time-keeper - ending the 3 minute allotted time for the Entrepreneurs with a blast from his bugle. Most got through without hearing the bugler, but some were not so good at keeping to time. They received something like the “charge of the light brigade”, which halted their pitch in its tracks!
A panel of judges had the ultimate decision to select eight Entrepreneurs to move onto the next stage of the event series, a Boot Camp in Brisbane. This will be followed by the final Australian event, where a the selected winner will travel to the United Kingdom to compete at St James’ Palace in December this year. Entrepreneurs from all around the world will converge to deliver their final Pitch@Palace at the event, ahead of a final winner being announced.
Who knows, we may see our very own Partner School students participating in this activity in future years to come, having had their first exposure to this delivery at the Monash Tech School.
Good luck to all the Entrepreneurs.