[email protected] On Tour finds three exceptional entrepreneurs in Birmingham
- Winners include Birmingham travel company, Limitless Travel, which helps people with disabilities enjoy travelling
- The chosen three will go on to a boot camp at Nottingham University in March, in the hope of making it to the final event at St James’s Palace
16 February 2017
On Tuesday, [email protected] on Tour took place for the first time in Birmingham, hosted at KPMG’s One Snowhill offices.
The Dragon’s Den-style initiative brought together some of the region’s creative entrepreneurs, from fields such as healthcare, robotics, connected devices, wearable technology and virtual reality.
Set up by HRH Prince Andrew, [email protected] is an initiative which guides, helps and connects entrepreneurs with potential investors and supporters, in order to grow and develop their businesses.
16 entrepreneurs showcased their ideas to Prince Andrew and a panel of experts this week, in a bid to score at place at boot camp in Nottingham in March, before the main [email protected] event at St James’s Palace in April.
Three of the 16 companies were chosen as winners, they were: NuVision Biotherapies, an organisation borne from the University of Nottingham which specialises in ‘high quality and affordable biotherapies for treating front of the eye disease and trauma’, Limitless Travel, a local Birmingham company which organises accessible holidays for travellers with disabilities, and Desolenator a business which has produced a new, affordable and environmentally friendly method of water purification, based in London.
KPMG in the UK is a sponsor and founding member of the initiative, alongside Prince Andrew.
Karl Edge, Midlands Regional Chairman at KPMG, said:
“We are delighted to have hosted HRH The Duke of York and [email protected] On Tour in Birmingham.
“The entrepreneurs really set the bar high with some exceptional quality pitches, showcasing the creativity and innovation the Midlands has to offer.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be in the Midlands and this event is testament to the talented people we have across the regioPitn.
“Well done to all of the entrepreneurs who took part and good luck to those progressing onto the boot camp. We look forward to seeing the winning businesses at the final stage of the competition.”
Founder and CEO of Limitless Travel, Angus Drummond, commented:
“We’re thrilled to have won The Duke of York’s [email protected] competition in Birmingham.
As a local business based in the city it meant a lot to be able to fly the flag for the West Midlands.It was a tough competition but we were keen to win it to highlight just how entrepreneurial the city is.
“Since our win was announced we have been inundated with enquiries from people across the region who either want to support the business or use our service.
We are very excited to represent Birmingham in the next round and hope to win it for all the other entrepreneurs based here.
“Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades, it’s now a City of a Thousand Start-ups.
We are so pleased to be part of that movement and momentum.”
NuVision CEO, Dr Andrew Hopkinson, added:
“We are delighted to have been selected by HRH Prince Andrew and the panel to attend the boot camp stage.
The [email protected] initiative will help us to grow and scale up faster by connecting us with potential investors and supporters, and we are very excited about the next stages.”