First Pitchfest a Success for Regional Australia

Last night six contestants took to the Civic Theatre stage and pitched their hearts out at #pitchfestwagga16. And they knocked it out of the park. Runners Up on the night were Andy and Will from 36Tee who took home $2,500 and some interested investors. If you are into Golf you need to get around these guys.

The audience voted and came to the same conclusion as the judges on the night with 13 year old Kooringal High School student Michael Nixon walking away with $7,500 for his EduKits business as the Community Choice Winner and the overall Regional Pitchfest Winner

Not sure about you, but I don't think I had an independent thought when I was in year eight let alone launching my second business. Watch this space and remember the name. A very level headed, intelligent and witty young man.

The judges seemed to have a blast on the night. Most of them sitting through hundreds of pitches in their time, they walked away very impressed with the caliber of pitches and what Wagga had to offer. Yes 'we got this covered' here in Regional Australia! Thanks to Trent BagnallPaul BrothersonJess MayLiane Sayer-Roberts and Simone Eyles your input was invaluable. Even the Shark himself Steve Baxter made a video appearance on the night.

So where to now? Well I will be following the first finalist cohort on their journey and be cheering from the sidelines for them all. As a typical one woman start up, (with some great assistance from two very talented university students Sophie and Sam), it is not time to kick back and say well that was fun. OK I may take a week off to reacquaint myself with husband and children, but then it is onward and upwards.  Regional Pitchfest will be packaged up and be ready to roll out in regional centres across Australia in 2017.

Brendan Yell said it best a few weeks ago at the Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge

'Tech has trumped the tyranny of distance and place no longer matters'.

So adjust your sails and venture out to see what Regional Australia has to offer, Wagga is building as a Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub and its not all about Ag!

Check out more about Regional Pitchfest via Startup Daily's coverage or re watch the event via

Cristy Houghton