Two into Duke’s final pitch battle

Pitch@Palace on Tour event at the AMRC Factory 2050 HRH The Duke of York with executive dean Keith Ridgway
Pitch@Palace on Tour event at the AMRC Factory 2050 HRH The Duke of York with executive dean Keith Ridgway

Two South Yorkshire companies have made it to the final of Prince Andrew’s pitching contest - Pitch@Palace - and will compete in front of the Queen on Wednesday.

Mobile Power of Sheffield and Drenched of Doncaster are among just 15 start-ups set to make a final presentation in front of the Duke and global financiers and investors at St James’s Palace.

Two other local firms - Cumulus Energy Storage, of Sheffield, and Twile, of Doncaster, are still in the running, among 42 firms up for the People’s Choice award.

The Duke of York said: “Those that make it through to the palace become part of a closed-in network that receives ongoing support and are pointed in the right direction for finance.”

A spokesman for the Duke said some people would also get the chance to meet the Queen.

The final comes after a qualifying round of Pitch@Palace was held in Sheffield last month.

Seventeen entrants pitched at Sheffield University’s Factory 2050 on Sheffield Business Park, where a panel chose three who went through to a bootcamp for 42 entrepreneurs, drawn from three events held around the country, in Oxford earlier this month.

Drenched of Doncaster has invented a device which vapourises tap water. Just two tablespoonsful are needed to wash hands - some 90 per cent less than normal.

Mobile Power of Sheffield also made it to the final for its mobile phone battery rental firm - aimed at the 500million people who live without electricity.

Cumulus - whose story is told on this page - and secure timeline site Twile are up for People’s Choice.