The Duke of York was there to wave off the StartUp Britain bus tour at Buckingham Palace last week at the start of its tour of the UK and at the same time he launched the sixth Pitch@Palace competition.

As the Duke commented, going onto the bus at one of its 30 plus stops might inspire a budding entrepreneur to start their own business or help someone who has already done so with advice and support from the business experts on board.

He added that the Pitch@Palace competition could offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their ideas to a global audience capable of developing their business, saying that more than 200 new enterprises had already been helped by the scheme.

The bus tour is part of an ongoing partnership between StartUp Britain and NatWest and celebrates entrepreneurial communities across the UK. It is a great way to come face-to-face with some of Britain’s most innovative individuals. This year’s tour has a distinctly local flavour, with energetic entrepreneurs recruited in each town to get on board and give advice.

They will be joined by local experts, including accountants, lawyers and professional business advisers, as well as representatives of national partners including the Intellectual Property Office, the National Enterprise Network, The Prince’s Trust, Entrepreneurial Spark and UnLtd.

Meanwhile, the Pitch@Palace competition is centred on biotechnology this year, so applicants should be from agriculture, big data, diagnostics or research technologies, to name but a few sectors. Interested entrepreneurs have until 9 September to apply and until 18 September to get a place on the associated ‘boot camp’.

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