Regional Pitchfest in Startup Daily!

On the 29th of June, Australia’s largest inland non-capital city, Wagga Wagga in NSW, will play host to Regional PitchFest, the first ever competition specifically focused on rural-based tech entrepreneurs.

Six country-founded tech startups will take to the stage to pitch for up to $10,000 in prizes. Aside from Wagga representing at the event, there is sure to be a tiny undercurrent of rivalry akin to the area’s inter-town annual footy competitions, with founders from towns like Deniliquin, Junee, Cootamundra, Henty and Albury pitching for the top prize as well.

“From high school kids to retirees, not for profits to existing businesses, the range and diversity [of entrants] was truly amazing,” said Dianna Somerville, organiser of the event.

Somerville is also the founder of RGTC (Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services), a local company set up to help startup companies take advantage of regional grants, collaborate on projects within the tech community, and connect them to sales opportunities via activities like uncovering tenders that could be suitable for scaling startups to send a proposal through for.

Cristy Houghton