Pitch contest with prize fit for a Prince

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com Tel.01302-570814  07778315553.Professor Keith Ridgway CBE..Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com Tel.01302-570814 07778315553.Professor Keith Ridgway CBE..Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
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Tech entrepreneurs are being urged to apply for a business event backed by the Duke of York - that could open the door to mentoring and contacts fit for a prince.

‘Pitch@Palace On Tour’ will be held in Sheffield in September - the first step on a road that could lead to once-in-a lifetime shot at the big time - a final presentation at St James’s Palace in front of financiers, investors and international experts only Prince Andrew can gather.

The first event, on September 20, is the only one in the North this year and just one of three in the UK.

It is at AMRC Factory 2050 - part of Sheffield University - where a panel will choose three winners from 20.

They will be among 42 sent to a boot camp in Oxford in October. A handful will go on to a final presentation, by royal appointment, at St James’s Palace on November 2.

Prof Keith Ridgway CBE, executive chairman of the AMRC Group, will be on the Sheffield panel.

He said: “We are delighted that the AMRC Factory 2050 has been selected to host this prestigious event. It is a unique opportunity for Sheffield City Region, one that will encourage the entrepreneurs we need, to develop new products that can be manufactured in facilities such as Factory 2050.

“Hopefully entrepreneurs will increasingly recognise that the Region is the place to come to exploit their ideas.”

Now in its third year, Pitch@Palace, the Duke’s national business support programme, is coming to Sheffield in partnership with the city council’s Business Sheffield organisation and the AMRC.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council deputy leader, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Pitch@Palace On Tour to Sheffield.

“The programme has already helped more than 200 businesses enjoy great success.

“This is a real opportunity for the talented people that make up Sheffield’s tech sector to show the world where the magic happens.”

Apply before September 9 at: www.pitchatpalace.com/apply