The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI) will be throwing our full support behind two of our members later this month as they vie for the opportunity to pitch their business venture before a royal audience.

Accredited drone training provider, Global Drone Solutions and mobile virtual reality training start-up, Diversifly have been chosen out of 160 applications to pitch their business to investors at the Pitch@Palace Australian finals on the East Coast later this month. If successful they will move onto the international final in London in December.

Pitch@Palace is an initiative of HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs. Founded in 2014 in the United Kingdom, it has now gone global, connecting start-ups with potential investors around the world.

CCI, in collaboration with Perth Angels, is helping the two businesses hone their pitch.

CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott congratulated Global Drone Solutions and Diversifly on their nominations.

“WA is home to a thriving community of innovators and start-ups which, with the right opportunity, have the ability to be market leaders in their respective industries,” Ms Willmott said.

“Pitch@Palace is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Global Drone Solutions and Diversifly to not only ‘hone their pitch’, but to potentially garner global interest and make the move from a start-up business to one with their own market footprint.”

Perth Angels chair Greg Riebe said WA can create great solutions to big global problems.

“Pitch@Palace is fantastic initiative helping show off our emerging businesses on a world stage, and that we can compete and even be better than the rest, and get connections to grow globally,” Mr Riebe said.

Global Drones Solutions Chief Executive Officer Mahmood Hussein said drones are a modern technology that have the power to change the world for the better, but given their possible misuse and dangers it is important operators are licenced.

“From an application point of view drones are only limited by our imagination. Drones are helping reduce cost, improve operational efficiency and most importantly improve safety and ultimately they will help the world,” Mr Hussein said.

Diversifly founder Lucie Hammond said they had found a niche in training employees in a fully immersive environment that gives them human-centric skills that will allow them to differentiate themselves from robots in the future.

“The potential for learning retention is up to 80 per cent higher in the VR environment than in the classroom setting, so these users are learning new skills and behaviours in the virtual world and are better placed to apply them in the real work world,” Ms Hammond said.