If you’re a Queensland entrepreneur who’s using technology to benefit humanity, you could be pitching your project at St James’s Palace in London this April as part of the 2018 Pitch@Palace.

But you’ll need to move quickly, as applications for this year’s Pitch@Palace program close Wednesday 14 February.

Pitch@Palace is an initiative of the Duke of York, designed to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs to influencers, mentors and business partners.

Pitch@Palace Commonwealth showcases entrepreneurs from the 52 Commonwealth countries, building Commonwealth entrepreneurs’ business skills and connecting them to local and international markets.

Queensland entrepreneurs have a strong track record in Pitch@Palace, with two Queenslanders making the 2017 global final in December last year, and Gold Coast company Nev House bringing home first prize.

Nev House makes low-cost homes, classrooms, medical clinics and other structures from recycled materials, supplying them to developing countries, Australian Indigenous communities, and other communities in need.

The theme for this year’s Pitch@Palace is ‘Human Tech – Benefits for Humanity’, and applicants are expected to address the need to build a healthier and more sustainable future.

Projects can come from a wide range of sectors, including:

  • biotech and medtech
  • education
  • energy and the environment
  • internet security
  • consumer goods and internet of things
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • communications, media and entertainment.

Successful applicants to Pitch@Palace 2018 will attend a boot camp in London on 13 April and then have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges at St James’s Palace.

Applications must be submitted through the Pitch@Palace website by 14 February.