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28 Mar 2018

Computer Science student James nominated for Pitch@Palace People's Choice award

Loughborough University Computer Science student James Powell-Tuck has been nominated in this year's Pitch@Palace competition, alongside co-founders Matt Pritchard and Julian Bourne, for Waffle - a new chatbot designed to save diners money and keep restaurants busy.

Pitch@Palace was founded by The Duke of York in 2014 as an initiative to support start-up entrepreneurs in realising their business ambitions. James (and Waffle) is through to the final five of the People's Choice competition and public vote will decide the winner.

According to their website, Waffle was "born from the problem that empty seats in restaurants are an enormous problem in an industry with high overheads" and the founders' recognition that "the #1 reason why people don’t eat out more is because they are trying to save money". Their solution was to create a chatbot allowing restaurants to connect with diners in real time, so they can attract people with money-saving offers when they have empty seats and need customers the most.

Voting closes on 25 April and it only takes a few seconds to vote - so please show your support for James and the Waffle team by following the link below:

For more information about Pitch@Palace and the other nominees visit: