Prince Andrew arrives in Logan for Pitch@Palace ahead of the finals

The Courier-Mail – November 29, 2018: 12:50pm

Prince Andrew has arrived in Logan on the last leg of his nine-day visit of Australia.

The Duke of York has been touring to promote his Pitch@Palace program that aims to kickstart the careers of budding entrepreneurs.

On his way to the national finals at the State Library in Brisbane tomorrow, Prince Andrew visited Kingston to tour social enterprise Substation 33, an initiative of YFS.

Substation founder Tony Sharp said when he started the electronic waste recycling facility and innovation space in 2013 he never thought he would be welcoming Prince Andrew five years later.

“We’re a work for the dole community — how cool is it that His Royal Highness turned up?” Mr Sharp said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Logan and a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only our social enterprise but also the start-up ecosystem, because that is what we have here in Logan.”

During his visit, the Duke of York also spoke with Powerwells founder Nick Kamols and Brad Clair who are finalists in Pitch@Palace.

The pair, who will make a three minute presentation to the Prince tomorrow, have found a way to recycle empty paint tins and dumped laptop batteries to create a larger solar-powered battery that have been used to power villages in Indonesia.

The winner of Friday’s Pitch@Palace Australia will be invited to attend Pitch@Palace Global at St James’s Palace on December 12.

During his visit to Australia, Prince Andrew’s itinerary also included trips to Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

Today he also had engagements with the Queensland ballet, QUT and Montrose Therapy and Respite Services.

The Prince flies back to England on Saturday.

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