The Duke of York visits CEME Launchpad Centre for Pitch@Palace competition

HRH The Duke of York Price Andrew visited the all-new CEME Launchpad Centre to host a mentoring session of prospective Entrepreneurs in the Pitch@Palace 8.0 competition.

Pitch@Palace gave start-ups and early stage businesses in Havering the chance to hone their presentation skills in front of HRH The Duke of York and an alumni of experts.

Start-ups in the first five years of trading attended the workshop and pitched their business ideas in front of the experienced panel including CEME’s Resident Entrepreneur, Georgi Georgiev. Pitching businesses were provided guidance on what they need to improve to progress to later rounds and have the opportunity to pitch to investors at St. James’s Palace.

As part of the competition, ten lucky applicants were given six-months of co-working office space and business support at CEME Launchpad Centre.

HRH The Duke of York said “There is no better way of getting the message of Pitch@Palace across to the next generation of Entrepreneurs than though our Alumni. Pitch@Palace is a community, and we want to see that community grow.”

Tom Ashby, Commercial Director at CEME, said: “This competition gave Havering entrepreneurs an invaluable opportunity to hone their pitching skills in front of a member of the royal family and an alumni of investment experts.

CEME is proud to be the home of innovation and we are excited by the opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing the next line of exciting start-ups looking to accelerate their ideas and transform the business world.”

Georgi Georgiev, CEME’s Resident Entrepreneur said “We were truly honoured to be able to welcome HRH The Duke of York back to CEME and to the all-new CEME Launchpad Centre.

Our aspirations of supporting fledgling manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses to succeed are aligned with the Pitch@Palace competition and we’re delighted to give entrepreneurs this fantastic opportunity.”


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