On Wednesday, The Duke of York announced three Entrepreneurs as winners of Pitch@Palace Global 3.0 at St James’s Palace. Ugandan company Matibabu, Australian business OncoRes Medical, and Vietnamese start-up LOGIVAN were named Pitch@Palace Global Entrepreneurs of the Year after pitching against 20 other companies from around the world. Bahraini business AlRawi was also announced as the Pitch@Palace Global 3.0 People’s Choice Award winner, following a public vote.
Pitch@Palace Global 3.0 is the culmination of 45 international Events in 2018, and saw 23 businesses congregated in London representing 15 nations from around the world. The businesses Pitched their ideas to a prestigious Audience convened by HRH, comprising CEOs, Influencers, Mentors and potential Investors. The Entrepreneurs were invited to Pitch, having previously won or been a finalist at Pitch@Palace Events that took place during the course of the year.
The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs. Pitch@Palace Global aims to help Entrepreneurs from a range of overseas markets build access and connectivity around the world. It creates a global platform for Entrepreneurs to access Mentors and Advisers, Distribution Systems and Supply Chains, Connections and Investment.
Businesses Pitching at the event covered a wide range of technologies to combat a variety of world issues, from complications of diabetes to implementing drones into agriculture. Winner Matibabu wowed the Audience with technology that can diagnose malaria in just two minutes; OncoRes Medical Pitched a medical solution for doctors to accurately target cancerous tumours; and Logivan presented a shared economy solution for vans, describing its service as the ‘Uber for vans’. EdTech company AlRawi, winner of the Pitch@Palace Global 3.0 People’s Choice Award, is an online learning portal to make education more accessible.
Speaking at Pitch@Palace Global 3.0, His Royal Highness The Duke of York said: “We have had the most amazing 12 months since Pitch@Palace Global in 2017; last year we did 34 global events, and tonight is our 45th event of 2018.
“We have been around the world, from Australia to Hungary, Singapore to the UAE and Vietnam and more, but whilst it has been extraordinary visiting the Entrepreneurs in these countries, we have also had businesses come from all over the world to Pitch here at St James’s Palace.
“This evening’s Event is a showcase, to present the Entrepreneurs that we have seen around the world who are the growth companies of the future. But it is you, the Audience, who are critical to these businesses success, because you are the people who can make a serious difference to the companies here today. You must not underestimate the difference you can make.”
Katharine Giles, Co-Founder of OncoRes Medical and joint winner of Pitch@Palace Global 3.0, said: “Our journey through Pitch@Palace has been absolutely fantastic; we’ve had opportunities to make connections that we never would have dreamed to be possible. We are really looking forward to continuing to work with Pitch@Palace and to have their support in our ongoing journey of development. There is really no competition quite like Pitch@Palace: the amazing international reach it holds is truly unique.”
The following companies Pitched at Pitch@Palace Global 3.0:
• PowerWells who provide light and mobile phone charging to people in remote communities.
• OncoRes Medical which is developing a high resolution imaging tool to allow surgeons to accurately remove tumours, reducing the need for additional surgery, which currently occurs in 30% of cases.
• AlRawi’s App crosses borders with its digital audiobook creation and distribution of Arabic books in a range of languages.
• ONEGCC has developed smart algorithms to help match job seekers with suitable employers based on their skills instead of their job titles and academic backgrounds.
• Orpyx Medical Technologies is revolutionizing diabetes care with a system that delivers targeted advice to patients to manage and prevent diabetic foot ulcers and amputation.
• Pony.ai seeks to revolutionise transportation by creating the safest, most reliable and state-of-the-art technologies for autonomous vehicles.
• YI Tunnel is an AI company developing check-out free convenience store technology.
• China Craftsmanship is a platform which combines traditional Chinese arts and crafts culture and oriental aesthetics culture. Based on Chinese traditional techniques such as embroidery, carving, ornamentation, batik, and thangka, it combines Chinese traditional craftsmanship with modern fashion designs to create a business model with commercial value, preserving cultural value in high quality products and the creation of special tourist routes.
• SPERATUM’s mission is to deliver hope to cancer patients through innovation.
• GlovEye is a tactile feedback glove which allows the blind to read printed text as Braille.
• Cogito provides a social based e-learning platform for Universities to create a reliable knowledgebase and increase their students’ performance while also building a community.
• CollMot Entertainment is a leading producer of drone light shows performed at festivals, grand outdoor events around the world. The company creates and delivers breathtaking entertainment productions that feature multi-drone formations, 3D animated drone sculptures, drone-launched fireworks, colorful ‘light paintings’, and human-drone interaction.
• SAFA helps educators and educational leaders utilise the power of technology to transform teaching and learning.
• KLEAN provides a reverse vending ecosystem that rewards people for recycling PET bottles and aluminium cans through an innovative point’s scheme.
• Agrosphere reinvents agriculture by monitoring crops with cutting edge technologies and optimizing their growth and health using machine learning algorithms.
• Alchemy Foodtech is a food-med tech company working to reduce the increasing number of people suffering from diabetes. It has created cooking ingredients that can reduce the blood sugar spike of refined carbohydrate staples.
• Globish Academia is a Thailand based online English learning platform that aims to develop soft skills in the next generation of learners.
• Foodate is Food-Tech service provider with a mission to end hunger and reduce greenhouse gases by delivering unused cooked food to those in need.
• Artelus Software House uses artificial intelligence to provide screening solutions for the billions of people around the world who don’t have access to primary healthcare screening.
• Matibabu is a portable hardware device that offers a cost-effective and rapid early diagnosis of malaria which reduces the amount of medication, duration of treatment and number of people suffering severe effects of malaria infection.
• BioSure is an HIV self-test kit that enables people to accurately determine their HIV status at a time and a place that is convenient for them.
• VChain Technology is an award winning blockchain capability for aviation security. It validates passenger identity through proprietary triple patented technology.
• LOGIVAN seeks to be the “Uber for trucks”, unifying the fragmented trucking industry in Vietnam. Its truck platform has 16,000 trucks available.
To find out more about Pitch@Palace Global, please visit pitchatpalace.com/global/.