Calling Sheffield Tech Entrepreneurs - this is your chance to go global!

Calling Sheffield Tech Entrepreneurs - this is your chance to go global!

16 August 2016

Getting your business idea in front of financiers, investors and international experts with the connections to take you global would, by many businesses, be considered a once in a life-time opportunity. Now, thanks to a partnership between Business SheffieldThe University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and The Duke of York’s national business support programme, Pitch@Palace, Northern-based tech businesses will get just that opportunity.

On Tuesday 20 September the regional tour of The Duke of York’s prestigious business event series – Pitch@Palace, will come to Sheffield for the first time. As the only Pitch@Palace ‘On Tour’ event in the North this year and just one of three in the UK, this brings with it an unprecedented opportunity for businesses in the region to showcase their talented people and tech innovation to a global audience.

Business Sheffield, the business facing arm of Sheffield City Council are inviting tech entrepreneurs that have applied for Pitch@Palace 6.0 to test their ideas at Sheffield’s ‘Pitch On Tour’ event on 20 September.  Hosted by the AMRC’s Factory 2050, a panel will choose three successful people from 20 who will automatically be invited to the Pitch@Palace Boot Camp on 14 October and be in the running for the final presentation at St James’s Palace on 2 November.

Cllr Leigh Bramall Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy said: “I’m delighted to welcome Pitch@Palace On Tour to Sheffield. This innovative programme of business support and mentoring that connects businesses with internationally operating financiers and influencers, has already helped more than 200 businesses grow and enjoy great successes.

“It makes a lot of sense that Sheffield should be chosen as host for this Tech Business ‘On Tour’ event. Sheffield has long since been recognised for our world-class manufacturing and engineering capabilities but due to the investment in and around the AMRC and our drive to secure the economic fortunes of the region with the UKs first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, we are also a magnet for innovative tech businesses and entrepreneurs who, just by being located here – have access to some of the best minds, brands, research and equipment in the world. This is a real opportunity for the talented people that make up Sheffield’s tech sector to show the world where the magic happens.”

Now in its third year, Pitch@Palace was set up by The Duke of York’s Charitable Trust to support start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK. Forty-two businesses that apply are chosen by a panel of business leaders and influencers and sent to a Boot Camp in Oxford where they receive support and guidance in developing and sharpening their pitch. A handful of those attending the Boot Camp go on to give a final presentation at St James’s Palace, which this year will be held on 2 November.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, Executive Chairman of the AMRC Group will be sitting on the panel and said: “We are delighted that the AMRC Factory 2050 has been selected to host this prestigious event. It is a unique opportunity for the Sheffield City Region, one that will encourage the entrepreneurs we need, to develop innovative 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."

Business Sheffield is calling for regional tech entrepreneurs and start-ups to apply for Pitch@Palace 6.0 before 9th September for a chance to pitch at the regional ‘On Tour’ event at Factory 2050 ahead of Boot Camp – all those interested are encouraged to apply here: www.pitchatpalace.com/apply