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22 Feb 2017

Meet the Judges – Lucy Demery

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

This is my second time judging for Pitch@Palace. I became involved as part of Pitch@Palace’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. Pitch@Palace does a fantastic job convening this network, so I am excited to be back this year and look forward to meeting the new Pitch@Palace 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,
  4. Clarity of execution.

GIVE US THREE INTERESTING LINKS FOR ANY START-UP

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.

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.

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. He has done a great job harnessing the Pitch@Palace network to multiply the impact of his work.

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