Pitch at Buckingham Palace: Meet the startups in the Duke of York's tech accelerator

Emily Nicolle
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Twelve startups will pitch to the audience tonight (Source: Pitch@Palace)

Startups, entrepreneurs and business leaders will gather at Buckingham Palace tonight to hear from the twelve finalists of the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace startup accelerator programme.

Coming from across the spectrum of biotech, accessibility, construction and video, these UK startups will be given a chance to pitch the room with their specific "ask", whether that's for introductions to certain companies or future mentors to guide them.

Previous finalists have included loyalty and rewards app Yoyo Wallet, whose ask was to be introduced to Caffe Nero. The coffee chain ended up becoming the startup's first customer.

Its most famous alumnus is tech business Magic Pony, which took part in the accelerator's third edition. It was sold to Twitter in 2016 for $150m (£114m).

The tenth edition's final twelve are:

  • Biopaxium (Wales): Eco-packaging solutions to replace plastic ready meal trays
  • Biosure (London): HIV self-test kits, now stocked in Superdrug
  • Freshcheck (London): A platform which indicates the presence of bacterial or chemical contamination with a simple colour change, born out of Imperial College London's tech lab
  • Goodbox (Manchester): Simple and affordable fundraising solutions for new businesses, backed by Seedrs and Andy Murray in a £3.9m seed round
  • Lilypads (Edinburgh): Aiming to end period poverty with reusable sanitary products
  • Mobiloo Ireland (Belfast): Manufacturing accessible portable toilets to enable disabled people to attend outdoor festivals

  • On The Tools (Tamworth): Connecting the UK's construction industry to break into the gig economy
  • Stasher (London): A "Airbnb for luggage" with a network of bricks and motar businesses across Europe that can store luggage while you wait for a flight, backed by Howzat and Olympic swimmer James Gibson
  • Turtle Pack (Edinburgh): A swimming aid for young kids to remove anxiety about learning to swim
  • Virti (Bristol): An immersive learning platform using virtual and augmented reality to predict how a user will perform under pressure
  • Voxpopme (Belfast): A video insight platform that allows brands to capture and analyse customer-recorded video feedback, with £5.7m raised to date