Top regional startups progress in Pitchfest

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Thursday, 8 August, 2019 - 11:35

Eleven of NSW’s best regional startups will take part in a bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub from 12-14 August and compete for a spot in the finals of the 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest, with $20,000 in cash and prizes on offer.

Minister for Jobs Stuart Ayres said the three-day bootcamp will put the startups 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.

"Regional pitch events have been held in Armidale, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Young and virtually from Lightning Ridge to unearth the top startup talent from each location.

"Congratulations to the 11 outstanding businesses who have won their regional events and will now progress to the next stage of the Regional Pitchfest.

"These clever startups are fantastic examples of the breadth of creative innovation that is occurring right across our regional areas of NSW.

"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 startups grow and develop to create businesses and jobs that can support the economic future of our regions."

Dianna Somerville, founder of Regional Pitchfest, said the semi-finalists will now take part in a three-day bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub from 12 to 14 August before competing in a further pitching event.

"The bootcamp will include workshops to coach the startups 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 5 September. There they will pitch to a live audience and expert panel for a chance to be crowned 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest winner."

Dianna Somerville