PRINCE Andrew is to host a special ‘bootcamp’ at Harwell Oxford for start-up businesses.

Firms from different sectors including coaching and mentoring, legal and marketing will attend the Pitch@Palace session at the science park next Friday.

Since the initiative was launched three years ago, Pitch@Palace has helped start-up businesses create 447 jobs and 66 per cent of them have raised funds.

A number of start-ups will be selected on the day to go forward to a final pitch at St James’ Palace in November.