Travel idea ready to take next step after competition win

Article taken from the Western Advocate - original article can be found here

Date: 14 July, 2019

AN entrepreneur who wants to run travel tours for people with a vision impairment has received a boost after winning a competition at Bathurst.

Sally Hennessy's Beyond Vision Travel won the Bathurst Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest - where those with a clever idea compete for cash and prizes.

Beyond Vision Travel has secured an all expenses-paid trip to a three-day Regional Bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub from August 12-14.

From there, five finalists will be selected to compete for a share of $20,000 in cash and prizes at the NSW state final in Wagga Wagga in September.

Ms Hennessy said winning the Regional Pitchfest is an opportunity for her to highlight her plan to run independent travel tours for people with a vision impairment or sighted people who want a unique travel experience.

"Winning has validated the idea as something that other people value and has also created some awareness of this type of altruistic travel experience," she said.

"The opportunity to further develop the idea with experts will help me to start this business sooner and grow the business faster."

Regional Pitchfest founder Di Somerville said the winner of the inaugural Regional Pitchfest in 2016 was a 13-year-old high school student, Michael Nixon, who founded educational company Edukits.

"Michael has since grown Edukits into a successful company and The Amazing Annoyatron, an educational kit which teaches kids coding skills, is now being sold in 15 countries around the world," Ms Somerville said.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the Regional Pitchfest was about unearthing the next big business ideas from regional NSW.

"Regional areas including Bathurst are filled with smart innovators whose ideas and drive can help create new jobs and businesses for the future," he said.

"Events like this help build a growing culture of entrepreneurship in our regional communities.

Dianna Somerville