We are so excited to be part of this. Pitch@Palace is organised by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, to help showcase promising young businesses in the UK. The People’s Choice award is your opportunity to show your support for Twile and help us raise awareness of innovation in the family history industry.
Following our participation at the Pitch@Palace boot camp last week, we are delighted that we have been invited along to the main event.
Pitch@Palace 6.0 is taking place on the 2nd November at St James Palace and all 42 entrepreneurs who took part in the boot camp are going head-to-head in the public vote. Pitch@Palace offers startups the opportunity to get their business idea in front of a global audience of influencers.
We would love to be on the stage at St. James’s Palace receiving this award from HRH The Duke of York – if you’d like to help us, here’s how:
Twile has been selected to proceed to the next stage of the Pitch@Palace competition, which means we’ll be attending a boot camp in Oxford later this week.
A couple of weeks ago, we had the honour of presenting Twile to The Duke of York in Sheffield, as part of the Pitch@Palace program – and we are delighted to again be presenting Twile to royalty and to showcase our unique timeline to an audience of investors and mentors.
Believe it or not, genealogy is a multi-billion dollar industry. Times magazine found it to be the ‘second most visited category of websites, after pornography!’, so we hope the investors find our presentation interesting… the pressure is on.
This time around, Co-Founder Kelly Marsden and myself will be up on stage to tell everyone how Twile came to be and where we are going.
We have spoken several times about our journey and how Twile has evolved. As a startup in the North of England, we joined an accelerator scheme – DotForge in Sheffield, which helped us launch our product. We have received various rounds of investment from ‘Dragons’ in Yorkshire and London, plus investment from Findmypast, all of which helps us continue to make Twile even more amazing.
We need your help! As part of the Pitch@Palace boot camp, we will record a 1 minute pitch, which will be our entry into a ‘People’s Choice’ award, voted for by the general public. After our success at RootsTech in February, we would love your support again! We will be circulating information soon, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Twile are visiting the US in October, as part of a cohort of companies chosen to help raise the profile of the tech industry in the North of England. Arranged by Tech North and the UK’s Department for International Trade, the visit will take in San Francisco and Seattle – and we’ve added a few days in Salt Lake City for good measure!
Besides local events across the North of the UK – such as the recent Northern Stars and Pitch@Palace events that we were involved in – Tech North also promote export opportunities for tech products and services created in the UK. There has been a flurry of activity in our region recently and it is fantastic to be a part of such a thriving digital community.
Our CEO and Co-founder, Paul Brooks, is looking forward to meeting with like-minded entrepreneurs in some of the most successful startups on the US west coast.
We were honoured to have been selected to present Twile to HRH The Duke of York in Sheffield this week, as part of Pitch@Palace On Tour.
Sheffield is where our journey began, in the first Dotforge Accelerator in 2013. We are the only remaining startup from that first cohort, but we’re extremely proud to have got this far.
What is Pitch@Palace?
Pitch@Palace offers startups the chance to showcase their products in front of a global audience of influencers, including investors, press, industry leaders and other entrepreneurs. We have written previously about how difficult it has been to raise big investment and raise our profile in the Yorkshire tech community – so we were delighted to have had this opportunity.
Our CEO and Co-founder Paul Brooks had 3 minutes to show how awesome Twile is, before a few hours of networking and discussion.