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Exeter start up businesses pursing prestigious award

Winning the competition will give them an opportunity to secure investment to support future growth

Biosystems Ltd, Build Solar and OTA Water have progressed into the final of the Pitch@Palace People’s Choice Award.

Founded by the Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace helps entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses connect with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, investors, mentors and business partners. 

The annual competition sees entrepreneurs from across the UK pitch at regional ‘Pitch@Palace On Tour’ events, with 42 winners going on to Pitch@Palace Boot Camp. From here, 12 winning entrepreneurs are selected by a panel of judges to deliver a three-minute pitch to an influential audience at St James’s Palace on 12 June 2019. The remaining 30 companies each get a 30-second slot to pitch.

The three start-ups all have ethical and sustainable technologies at the hearts of their businesses. Biosystems’ TruLarv™ technology is paving the way for non-mammal testing in science and healthcare, while Build Solar, which develops multi-functional materials to create sustainably built environments, turns buildings into clean energy generators. OTA Water is giving back to communities through its smart-water management system, which harvests rainwater to provide environmental and social benefits to schools across the UK.

To vote for your favourite, visit The winners of the People’s Choice award will also be announced at St James’s Palace on 12 June. 

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