[email protected] is an initiative founded by The Duke of York to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas. [email protected] does this by connecting some of the most innovative start-up business in the country with potential investors and supporters, including angels, mentors and key business contacts.
Supporting a more general culture of Entrepreneurship in the UK is vital to our future prosperity
The Duke of York
His Royal Highness, through his work on trade and education, has increasingly seen the importance of assisting start-up firms break through the initial barriers and grow, so that they can become the employers of tomorrow. The Duke had been a supporter of a number of indicatives in this area over the years, including the Enterprise Education Trust and the Peter Jones Foundation, but in 2014 The Duke set out to start a new and unique initiative to give a Royal platform to Britain's innovators.
The first [email protected] event took place on 2nd April, 2014. His Royal Highness worked with 36 businesses from across the United Kingdom, selected by 12 partner organisations. At a preliminary 'boot camp' event 12 entrepreneurs from the 36 were chosen to pitch their businesses to the audience at St James’s Palace.
We would definitely recommend for any start-up company to be involved. Simply the best pitching event (out of literally hundreds) we have ever attended.
Andres Fonseca, Virtually Free
Each [email protected] has a different theme, so as to focus on different areas of the UK Tech industry. Themes so far have included biotech, smart cities and the internet of things.
[email protected] is a great opportunity for high-growth UK tech businesses to get in front of the right people and get the support they need to make the most of those relationships
Colin Richardson, Cocoon
Following the success of the first event, [email protected] 2.0 was held in November 2014, and the events have continued twice a year since, with most recently Pitch at Palace 6.0 in Autumn 2016. In less than three years [email protected] has helped over 205 businesses, with some now enjoying huge global success.
I am immensely proud of the achievements of the Entrepreneurs in the [email protected] programme, they have shone a light on the diversity and imagination across the country, clearly demonstrating that pursuing an idea or dream can be realised with knowledge and determination.
The Duke of York