Dubbo's Leanne O'Sullivan, 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest semi-finalists progress

Taken from The Daily Liberal - original article can be found here

AUGUST 12 2019 - 12:33PM

Dubbo entrepreneur Leanne O'Sullivan is one of 11 hopefuls honing concepts and vying for a spot in the final of "Australia's largest pitch competition for regional start-ups".

The semi-finalists of the 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest started a three-day bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub on Monday.

Ms O'Sullivan, who created Summit School with Leanne O to share and teach businesses how to create and put in place their own digital marketing strategies, won the Orana heat last month.

Pitchfest is offering $20,000 in cash and prizes.

NSW Minister for Jobs Stuart Ayres said the bootcamp would put the start-ups through a range of business development workshops and give them a shot at winning Australia's largest pitch competition for regional startups.

"The Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest is all about shining a spotlight on the best new business ideas that are coming out of regional NSW and helping the entrepreneurs behind them take the next big step in their development," he said.

The minister congratulated the 11 businesses who had won their regional events.

"These clever start-ups are fantastic examples of the breadth of creative innovation that is occurring right across our regional areas of NSW," Mr Ayres said.

"They represent a range of business types that are servicing our communities - from online gourmet food companies to business, social support, and health technologies to assist people suffering from chronic pain and dementia.

We want to help these start-ups grow and develop to create businesses and jobs that can support the economic future of our regions.

Minister for Jobs Stuart Ayres

"We want to help these start-ups grow and develop to create businesses and jobs that can support the economic future of our regions."

Regional Pitchfest founder Dianna Somerville said the three days in Sydney would assist the semi-finalists.

"The bootcamp will include workshops to coach the start-ups on different aspects of business including attracting and managing investors, marketing, team and board building and more," Mrs Somerville said.

"Five finalists will then be chosen from the bootcamp pitching session to advance to the NSW state final in Wagga Wagga on September 5.

"There they will pitch to a live audience and expert panel for a chance to be crowned 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest winner."

The Orana heat was judged by Fiona Nash, Steve Hinks, Jemima Aldridge and Mathew Dickerson on July 3.

Ms O'Sullivan won the event from a field of seven hopefuls.

Dianna Somerville