The Prince was chatting to next-gen entrepreneurs.
We all know HRH The Prince Of Wales takes a keen interest in environmental issues – in fact, he is the Patron of University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and last week he accompanied CISL to meet entrepreneurs “making waves in technology and sustainability” at Barclay’s Eagle Lab in Notting Hill.
Barclays Eagle Lab is “powered by” Fab Lab London, and it is a former cheque processing centre which has been converted into an innovative incubator space for entrepreneurs.
The Prince met Budi Pay – a payments app aimed at rural-dwelling Indians, Desolenator, a social entreprise solving solar powered water purification, diamond tracker and digital ledger Everledger, blockchain tech firm Halotrade, financial wellbeing platform Squirrel and Yagro, helping farmers achieve financial sustainability.
He also saw some 3D printing in action, as well as laser cutting, and elicited a promise from Barclays – that they guarantee desk space in all of their Eagle Labs around the country provided companies are working on green and sustainable initiatives specifically.
CISL are the guys behind the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI), which “brings together some of the world’s largest banks to lead the banking industry in collectively directing capital towards environmentally and socially sustainable economic development.”
Later on in the day, there was a dinner attended by all of the members of the BEI, in which “collaboration that would more powerfully harness technology-driven innovations in finance to help solve societal challenges” was discussed.
Kudos to the Prince, we say, he stands up for what he believes in, and tirelessly makes the effort to visit charities, social enterprises, and entrepreneurial endeavours all over the world.
Keep it up, Charlie!