About a week and a half ago I went to the prestigious Pitch@Palace 10.0 on Tour contest in Edinburgh with Graham Gaston, CEO of Sensalytx, a data analytics start-up with focus on oil and gas downhole challenges.
What a day we had!
It started with a session full of advice on pitching. Not nerve-wracking at all so shortly before the actual pitch!
Then some networking and lunch.
Graham did a good job with his pitch, especially considering that it got turned on its head in the morning session.
These guys cut every speaker off whose pitch went beyond 3 minutes!
These three businesses won a guaranteed pass to the pitching Boot Camp in Cambridge this autumn. The other businesses might still get a chance to attend if the judges select them later on. So, it might not be all over for Sensalytx!
Pitch@Palace is not so much about winning money. It is about networking. It is about gaining access to people who you might never meet otherwise.
Entrepreneurs, if you ever get a chance to participate, use the opportunity! The Duke of York's "little black book" or any of the other valuable connections in the Pitch@Palace network might just open the right door for you and give you that break you've been working for.