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Cornish tech businesses preparing to rub shoulders with their rivals

Competition looks set to be tight when some of Cornwall’s leading ‘Tech’ businesses rub shoulders with their counterparts from across the South West for a chance to Pitch at the Pitch@Palace On Tour event in October.

Competition looks set to be tight when some of Cornwall’s leading ‘Tech’ businesses rub shoulders with their counterparts from across the South West for a chance to Pitch at the Pitch@Palace On Tour event in October.

Entries from innovative tech firms from Cornwall, Devon and across the South West are flooding in to the prestigious Pitch@Palace On Tour Cornwall event, with firms keen to be one of 15 businesses shortlisted to pitch their business ideas to HRH and a team of business leaders and investors. 

Three firms will be chosen at the event, which takes place at Pool Innovation Centre, who will then go through to a Boot Camp in Oxfordshire for the chance to be selected to pitch their ideas in the final event at St James’s Palace. 

One of the firms to hoping to be selected for the Pitch@Palace ‘On Tour’ Cornwall event is Cornish IT Company TouchByte which uses face recognition technology to provide businesses with a range of anonymous analytical information about their customers and their shopping habits. 

The company has invested significantly into R&D and is developing a range of wider applications for the technology including the development of a hotel room entry system based on the guest’s face rather than using a key.

Touchbyte Managing Director Jeremy Sneller believes that if they are selected, Pitch@Palace offers the opportunity to get the company and its innovative tech in front of influential investors that could speed the pace at which the company could grow. 
“We have significant partner interest from companies such as Microsoft, GE, Fujitsu, CSC and Ricoh and have a number of installations with major name retailers and hospitality venues that are successfully trialing and proving the concept and its value to their business. 
“We decided to apply to Pitch@Palace due to the significant interest we have had as a company and are therefore looking for investment and increased visibility to help accelerate our growth and ultimately make us very attractive for a future acquisition,” said Jeremy. 
“Cornish tech companies are thriving and we’re keen to be part of this growing trend, proving with the right support and infrastructure you can grow a high tech company in a more rural, less affluent community,” he added.
Business support specialist Unlocking Potential is working with the Pitch@Palace team to help organise the event. Programme Director Allyson Glover said they were delighted with the level of entries so far. 
“It’s been an amazing response to the call for entries with some truly diverse and innovative businesses from right across the South West wanting to be part of Pitch@Palace and a reflection of just how progressive and ground breaking the tech sector is here in the South West. It is still not too late for businesses to enter so for any business wanting the opportunity to get great exposure in front of some truly influential people we would urge them to take part,” she said. 
Businesses wanting to enter need to apply online by midnight September 9th. To enter online visit Established by The Duke of York, in less than three years Pitch@Palace has helped over 205 businesses grow, with some now enjoying huge global success. 

Tech businesses from a wide range of sectors are invited to enter, including Biotech and Medical Technology, Consumer Technology and Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Data Management and Analytics, Educational Technology, Energy and Environmental Technology, Fintech, Industrial Technology, Media, Communications and Entertainment Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. 

Businesses keen on entering and needing more information should contact Milly Knight at Unlocking Potential at

For more information about Pitch@Palace visit

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