Still time to pitch to the Prince


Competition looks set to be tight when some of Cornwall’s leading tech businesses rub shoulders with their counterparts from across the south west for a chance to Pitch at the Pitch@Palace On Tour event in October.

Entries from innovative tech firms from Cornwall, Devon and across the south west are flooding in to the prestigious Pitch@Palace On Tour Cornwall event, with firms keen to be one of 15 businesses shortlisted to pitch their business ideas to HRH Prince Andrew and a team of business leaders and investors.

Three firms will be chosen at the event, which takes place at Pool Innovation Centre, who will then go through to a Boot Camp in Oxfordshire for the chance to be selected to pitch their ideas in the final event at St James’s Palace.

One of the firms hoping to be selected for the Pitch@Palace On Tour Cornwall event is Cornish IT Company TouchByte, which uses face recognition technology to provide businesses with a range of anonymous analytical information about their customers and their shopping habits.

TouchByte MD, Jeremy Sneller, believes that if they are selected, Pitch@Palace offers the opportunity to get the company and its innovative tech in front of influential investors that could speed the pace at which it could grow.

He said: “We have significant partner interest from companies such as Microsoft, GE, Fujitsu, CSC and Ricoh and have a number of installations with major name retailers and hospitality venues that are successfully trialing and proving the concept and its value to their business.

“We decided to apply to Pitch@Palace due to the significant interest we have had as a company and are therefore looking for investment and increased visibility to help accelerate our growth and ultimately make us very attractive for a future acquisition.”

Business support specialist, Unlocking Potential, is working with the Pitch@Palace team to help organise the event. Programme director, Allyson Glover, said they were delighted with the level of entries so far.

“It’s been an amazing response to the call for entries with some truly diverse and innovative businesses from right across the region wanting to be part of Pitch@Palace,” she said.

Businesses wanting to enter need to apply online by midnight September 9.