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.
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.
We are delighted to reveal that Twile has secured an investment and partnership deal with leading family history site Findmypast, which is set to open up huge opportunities for us.
The agreement will offer Twile’s customers access to Findmypast’s rich bank of eight billion records, helping them to expand their family trees and timelines from within Twile. We’ll also be working closely with Findmypast to allow their customers to display their family tree data on a rich, visual Twile timeline.
From our earliest conversations with Findmypast, it’s been clear that they share our mission of making family history more engaging for the wider family, especially the younger generations. This relationship makes Twile better in every sense, while also allowing a whole set of features that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
In a statement to the press, Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said “We believe that our partnership offers great value to both companies’ customers. The recent RootsTech awards speak to the creativity of Twile and to win the People’s Choice award shows clearly that this is a product that the public wants”
What does this mean for Twile customers? The investment from Findmypast – along with funding from some of Twile’s existing investors – means we have all of the resources we need to develop new features for Twile more quickly and create a truly global product.
Our customers should expect to see a lot of exciting new features and more integrations with third party services (including Findmypast). We have a long list of ideas (mostly requested by our customers) and we’re working through them as quickly as we can – this investment means we can now move even quicker!
We love our customers and are hugely appreciative of the support they’ve given us since we started. Today’s news marks the start of a relationship that will help us build Twile into the family history tool you’ve always wanted!