Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Construction App Sets Sights on Big Time after Pitching to Prince

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Construction App Sets Sights on Big Time after Pitching to Prince

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Byline: Lizzie Edmonds

A LONDON start-up that developed software used by workers on the multi-billion-pound Crossrail project was named as a finalist in a business scheme backed by the Duke of York.

Alex Siljanovski, 35, says his web and app-based software BaseStone "helps cut risk and cost" on construction sites. It connects site workers with office staff and allows designs and other materials to be stored digitally in one location.

Mr Siljanovski, a former chartered engineer whose team is based in Whitechapel, says the software has been used at up to 15 per cent of Crossrail's sites in the capital.

His company was one of three London firms to reach the final stages of Prince Andrew's Pitch@Palace, where start-ups pitch to industry experts for support and investment. Of 42 companies that pitched, 15 made it to the final, which was held at St James's Palace last night.

Hal Watts, the co-founder of Knyttan, software which allows users to design a jumper and program it into a knitting machine, accepted the audience award. …

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