Meet the Judges – Lucy Demery

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

This is my second time judging for Pitch@Palace. I became involved as part of P@P’s strategic partnership with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) – a key initiative in furtherance of SCB’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs globally. At SCB, I am a director in the private bank, where I am focused on “One Bank” solutions and direct investments for our largest private clients.

Prior to joining SCB, I worked in socio-economic development, investment banking, and corporate law. I grew up in Hong Kong and studied in London and New York. One thing I have learned from these experiences – a global network is a great tool to unlock innovation. P@P does a fantastic job convening this network, so I am excited to be back this year and look forward to meeting the new P@P entrepreneurs.

WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A WINNING PITCH?

With such a great diversity of entrepreneurs, there is not one winning formula, but I found most of the successful pitches conveyed –

1) A differentiated technology or solution,

2) A real sense of social mission,

3) Scalability / international breadth, and

4) Clarity of execution.

GIVE US THREE INTERESTING LINKS FOR ANY START-UP

http://rezonence.com/

I had the happy job of mentoring the Rezonence founders during Pitch@Palace 6.0 last year. Their mission is to support independent online content with Freewall® advertising technology, which seeks to transform the revenue model for digital publishing.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/go-jek

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first unicorn start-up. They are attracting a lot of interest from Silicon Valley and beyond, shining a light on technology innovation in emerging markets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32973591

The Standard Chartered team mentored Askwar Hilonga during Pitch@Palace Global. He is using nanotechnology to filter contaminated water in Tanzania and has done a great job harnessing the P@P network to multiply the impact of his work.