Launch of royal program for 'brilliant minds'
Entrepreneurs are to experience a royal boot camp this week to compete for the attention of mentors and potential business partners.
Police from three different forces — British royal protection, the Australian Federal Police and the NSW Police — are putting the finishing touches today for the visit of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, to Wollongong on Tuesday, September 26.
The Duke arrived in Melbourne on September 18. He visited Brisbane and the Gold Coast from September 21 where he was briefed on the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. He is in Sydney on Monday, September 25.
The Duke is in country to launch his Pitch@Palace program in Australia.
Founded in 2014, the program has already given hundreds of entrepreneurs in the UK exposure to the most powerful CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners.
Selected entrepreneurs will attend an educational boot camp at the University of Wollongong, where they will receive tips on how to pitch and develop their idea.
Judges will select 24 finalists to compete at Government House in Sydney on Thursday.
‘Great ideas from brilliant minds’
The visit, which will start with a civic reception, is the culmination of two years of planning by University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Alex Frino.
”There’s enormous preparations taking place, finessing the detail of each event that his royal highness is going to participate in, lots of scrubbing and lots of cleaning and grass cutting, and of course the finer details of all the events are also being taken care of,” he said.
”Together, we are confident that we will deliver an event that is not only exciting and innovative, but one that is sure to expose some great ideas from the brilliant minds in this country.”
The Duke of York will also view some of the university’s ground-breaking research from virtual and augmented reality training programs to developing software for industrial robots.
As well as the pitching competition, the Duke of York will launch a Global Leaders Development program that will give talented high school students in commerce and computer science to study at the university’s overseas locations in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.