This week we’ve launched our Timeline of Pitch@Palace, the programme founded by The Duke of York to help tech startups get their business ideas in front of a global audience of influencers.
We were fortunate enough to take part in Pitch@Palace 6.0 last year, which was an incredible experience in many ways. We attended the final at St James’s Palace, where we rubbed shoulders with many influential individuals (including The Queen herself!) and have since been introduced to many incredible organisations, such as ALVA (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
ALVA represents many of the UK’s visitor attractions and heritage sites, including the Museum of London, the National Trust, V&A Museum, Glasgow Museums, Historic Environment Scotland and many more. We are working with these attractions to build timelines for them and for the historical topics they are experts in.
The support we’ve received from the Duke of York’s team has been fantastic – with regular alumni networking events and introductions to valuable contacts – so we’re happy we’ve been able to show our thanks in a small way by building a dedicated timeline for Pitch@Palace.
This week, Twile’s Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden attended a council meeting of members of ALVA – the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – at Wembley Stadium in London.
As well as a great opportunity to rub shoulders with leaders of some of the UK’s leading tourist attractions, we had a chance to tour England’s national football stadium and sample some truly fantastic food! We were made extremely welcome and are very much looking forward building on the relationships we started there.
ALVA represent some of the top UK attractions to Government, media and business and lobby for support for the sector, as well as providing valuable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for their members.
Twile were introduced to ALVA through our relationship with Pitch@Palace, the startup competition founded by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The Pitch@Palace team felt there was a natural connection between Twile’s mission around family and history and the goals of ALVA’s members, which include museums, palaces, galleries and heritage trusts. All members have rich histories, perfect for viewing on a timeline.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Twile and look forward to long and prosperous relationships with ALVA members.
Every year, Creative England reveals their CE50 – a list of the fifty best up-and-coming, innovative companies in the creative industries in England. Twile are delighted to be one of this year’s 50!
The list includes some of the most exciting startups in the film, music, gaming and digital spaces. It’s a very broad range of companies, reflecting and celebrating the success and diversity of British creativity.
Creative England have supported Twile since we first launched in 2013 and it’s an honour to be among their top companies. We’ve changed a lot since our early days and have evolved Twile into a uniquely innovative offering in the family history space – they’re still there supporting us as we grow and our place in the CE50 must mean we’re doing something right.