Bunbury “Pitchfest” opens worlds of opportunity

Bunbury entrepreneurs will be given a platform to share their ideas when the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest final is held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on July 21.

Applications will open on March 6, giving entrepreneurs, artisans, small businesses or not-for-profit teams the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expert panel for their share in $100,000 in prizes and a trip to silicon valley.

The initiative began in Wagga Wagga last June when founder Dianna Somerville launched the Regional Pitchfest in her home town to give the community the chance to share innovative ideas.

“It’s my own start-up that’s gone off, I am like the ideal applicant,” she said.

“I had an idea and I did something about it on a shoe-string budget and now I have been able to scale it and provide other people the opportunity to take their ideas further.”

Ms Somerville visited Bunbury last week to scout venues and said she was an “advocate for giving opportunities to regional Australia”.

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Cristy Houghton