The Duke of York’s Private Secretary has called upon Australian entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas to the Prince in an upcoming visit to the Gold Coast.
Amanda Thirsk, who is Prince Andrew’s Private Secretary, is also the Director of Pitch@Palace – an initiative that His Royal Highness established in 2014.
Ms Thirsk, who has been working for the Duke of York for five years, said that entrepreneurs should pitch to the Prince for the chance to be jetted off to London where they will present at St James’s Palace in front of potential investors.
Ms Thirsk was visiting the Gold Coast with Prince Andrew’s former sister-in-law, Jane Ferguson as part of an advance party for his upcoming visit in September.
While in the country, he will be on the judging panel for the Pitch@Palace Australia regional final.
Pitch@Palace is an initiative that His Royal Highness established in 2014. It was set up to help support entrepreneurs with the “amplification and acceleration of their business ideas.”
This is done by connecting these British-based innovative start-ups with possible investors and supporters. The Duke has previously been active in the Enterprise Education Trust and the Peter Jones Foundation.
Speaking of the programme, the Prince has previously said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements of the Entrepreneurs in the Pitch@Palace 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.”