Regional Pitchfest goes from Wagga to national stage

A Wagga woman’s dream to give back to her community has grown into a big event for innovators and entrepreneurs.

After a strong launch last year, Dianna Somerville’s Regional Pitchfest is being backed by Australia Post as a national competition for regional people with their own dreams, with the grand final event slated for Wagga.

“We’re seeing regional Australia as a huge growth opportunity for business,” Ms Somerville said. “I started it here in Wagga because I wanted to give back to the community and saw an opportunity to promote the region’s entrepreneurs, artists and small businesses.”

The first Regional Pitchfest was held in Wagga last June and in the audience was a member of Australia Post’s innovation team. By November, a second event was held in Bendigo and the success of the format has led to the national stage.

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Cristy Houghton