Innovation Centre start-ups chosen to Pitch@Palace

Three University of Bath Innovation Centre start-ups have been selected for the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace investor showcase which takes place on 2 April at St James' Palace.

The initiative, recently launched by the Duke of York, will allow 36 start-up companies to pitch to some 300 investors, CEOs and business mentors to secure funding and advice.

Industrial Phycology was founded by Bath alumnus Dr Dan Murray in 2012 to work with the challenges and possibilities of algae in the water industry. Envolve offers a flexible and dynamic online e-engagement system and Neighbourly is a social network which connects community projects and charities with companies ready to help them.

The companies will attend a Bootcamp at Google's London Campus where they will be coached by SETsquared Bristol & Bath along with the rest of the Pitch@Palace team.

The Duke of York said: “I believe the UK has the best scientists and engineers in the world – they create valuable intellectual property that can be exploited by entrepreneurial endeavour. This is my response to the message that I have been receiving wherever I go: more is needed to support entrepreneurs at the early stage.”

UBIC Director, Simon Bond said: “The Duke of York’s support for entrepreneurship puts a spotlight on the best of the UK’s start-up talent and I’m delighted that, through SETsquared Bristol & Bath’s partnership with Pitch@Palace, that our companies have secured places and can be part of this community.”

For more info visit the Pitch@Palace website.

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