Frequently Asked Questions



What is Regional Pitchfest?

Regional Pitchfest is designed to help realise the potential and celebrate the success of Australia’s rural and regional entrepreneurs, artisans and small businesses. Regional Pitchfest provides a platform for you to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win a share of the competition prize pool.

Is it difficult to enter?

It’s not difficult to enter at all and entry is free.  Regional Pitchfest is open to anyone living in one of our designated regional or rural locations  within the nominated area covered under each competition. To check your eligibility, please select your LGA in the ‘Apply Now’ section.

Why would I enter?

The question should be: why wouldn’t you? It’s free, easy to enter and the potential benefits are enormous!


I live in the city but my business is based regionally, can I apply?

If you reside in a metropolitan area but your business is based regionally you are not eligible to apply. Eligibility criteria is based on an applicant's' residential and business address both being regional. Please check your eligibility by selecting your residential and business LGA here.


I have an idea but it’s not yet a business – can I still apply?

To be eligible, it is necessary to have an MVP (Minimum Viable Product). However, if you’re selected as a finalist and pitching to the judges, it will be important to have considered the development of your idea including proposed business model, target audience, marketing, profitability, challenges and opportunities.

What is an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)?

A minimum viable product is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers or to conduct trials, and to provide feedback for future product development.

What sort of photo should I send in?

  • Your photo should have a clean or monotone background

  • Your photo should be a headshot – medium shot of just you, from mid waist to top of the head, make sure there is some room to crop on the sides of photo if required

  • Don't forget to smile!

  • Files should be high resolution .jpg or .png

What can I do if I’m not selected as a finalist?

That’s okay – don’t give up and try again next year. In the meantime, keep pursuing and refining your idea, and find other avenues for funding and mentoring to see it through! Keep up to date with Regional Pitchfest on how to support regional events through our website and social media channels.

If I’m not selected as a finalist. Can I get feedback on my application?

Unfortunately given the volume of expected applications, we will be unable to provide individual feedback for every applicant.following the Gala.


What is the judging criteria?

Regional Pitchfest applications and event pitches will be judged on two (2) key areas:

  • The Pitch

    • Problem/solution (clearly articulated/shown)

  • The Business

    • Market traction

    • Customer value proposition

    • Business/commercial model

    • Scaleable

Who are the judges and how did you select them?

A list of judges for each state/regional event is available on the individual event information pages. Each judge is selected for their experience and expertise as an Australian business leader willing to share their own interesting stories and journey of success.


Why did those towns get selected to hold the pitch events?

This year’s event towns were selected either because they are members of the Jobs for NSW Local Innovation Network (LIN) or because of their potential to grow their vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems and ease of accessibility from other regional locations for the events.

How can I attend a local event?         

Details on where your local events will be held and how you can support can be found here


The Regional Pitchfest program offers a wide spread opportunity for branding and marketing throughout Regional NSW. Opportunities for sponsorship our 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest program are available, for more information visit our sponsorship opportunity page.



Applications are open from 28 May until 9 June, 2019. via

  1. Check your eligibility, using your LGA;

  2. Fill out the application form online and add a profile pic of yourself;

  3. Add a 200 word bio about yourself and your journey so far.

What are the key dates

Applications Close: 11.59pm AEST Sunday 9 June, 2019.

Local Applicants Confirmation: All local pitch event applicants will be notified that they have been successful no later than 14 June, 2019.

Local Pitching Events: All local Pitching events for the 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest will be held between Tuesday 18th June and Friday 5th July, 2019.

Local Pitching Event Winners Announced: Monday 8th July, 2019.

Jobs for NSW Regional Bootcamp - Sydney: Monday 12th August to Wednesday 14 August, 2019.

Semi-final Pitch Day (part of 3 day NSW Regional Bootcamp): Wednesday 14 August, 2019.

Jobs for NSW state Finalists Announced: Thursday 15th August, 2019.

Jobs for NSW state final Pitch Event: Thursday 5th September, 2019 at the Civic Theatre in Wagga Wagga


All local rural and regional pitching events will held between 18th June and 5th July, 2019. Details of each of the local events can be found here:

Armidale - To be announced shortly,
Bathurst - To be announced shortly,
Broken Hill - To be announced shortly,
Byron Bay - To be announced shortly,
Coffs Harbour - 18TH JUNE 2019
Dubbo - 24TH JUNE 2019
Hunter Valley - To be announced shortly,
Lightning Ridge/Virtual Event - To be announced shortly,
Wagga Wagga - 20TH JUNE 2019
Wollongong-  To be announced shortly,
Young - To be announced shortly,


New South Wales - Wagga Wagga - Thursday 5th September, 2019


How many people go through to the State final?

There will be one winner selected from each local/regional event who will then travel to the NSW Regional Bootcamp in Sydney to be held from Monday 12th August to Wednesday 14th August, 2019. Each of the local/regional winners will compete for one of the 5 finalist positions at the NSW State Final in Wagga Wagga. The five successful state finalists will then travel and pitch at the state final in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 5th September.

Do I have to pay for my travel and accommodation costs if I’m selected as a local/regional winner? or state finalist?

No, all travel and accommodation costs for one member of the finalists business to attend the NSW Regional Bootcamp in Sydney and the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest state final in Wagga Wagga are covered by Regional Pitchfest. This applies to finalists/winners on the original application only, not family members or friends.

How do I prepare if I’m a local/regional winner or state finalist?

Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with support every step of the way including a three-day bootcamp in Sydney and useful information to help you develop and prepare your pitch for the state semi final/final in Wagga Wagga.

What dates do I need to be available for if I am a local/regional winner?

All local/regional finalists will be invited to attend the NSWRegional Bootcamp in Sydney from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th August (flights/accommodation costs will be covered).

All local/regional finalists will be required to be available to travel to Wagga Wagga for the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest State Final on Thursday 5th September if they are successfully selected as one of the 5 finalists at the semi final pitch event to be held on the final day of the Jobs for NSW Regional Bootcamp in Sydney; and

The winner will also be required for media commitments in their region (or as directed by officials) during the period between the local/regional event and the state final event for any additional media commitments in the week following the state final.

What happens if I am a state finalist?

All state finalists will need to be available:

  • At the immediate conclusion of the state semi final event for media interviews and photos;

  • For media commitments, the day after the state semi final event;

  • To travel to Wagga Wagga for two nights, three days from 4th – 6th September to attend state final held in Wagga; and

  • The state winner will also be required for media commitments in Wagga Wagga (or as directed by officials) on the 6th September and remotely for any additional media commitments in the week following the state final.

  • Finalists will be involved in the delivery of the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest state final  process from 12 noon on Thursday 5th September, 2019 until the conclusion of the event.




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