Pitchfest finds winners in the regions
Five keen entrepreneurs shared their clever ideas at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday night as the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest WA crowned its winner.
Pitchers demonstrated their products to attendees in the foyer before heading on stage for the final in front of the judging panel.
Two South West entrants were among the finalists, with Australind’s Tim Hayes presenting his food drying design Wizenbox and Bunbury’s Angela Del Pino pitching her online ethical department store.
Paula Pownell, of Coolup, was also among the finalists with her business growing insects for animal and human consumption.
Dongara-based Illegal Tender Rum Co was named the WA winner earning a place in the national final in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and $5000.
Runner-up and winner of the Community Choice Award, selected by the audience, was Swan-based commercial space sharing business SpacetoCo who won $3500 and $1500 for their respective awards.
Pitchfest founder Diane Somerville said the pitchers had certainly not disappointed.
“They were all really varied and their businesses are at different points which were demonstrated in their pitches,” she said.
The five finalists travelled to Melbourne in May, ahead of the final pitch, for a business growth course with the Melbourne Accelerator Program, to help form their pitches and businesses.
Illegal Tender Rum Co pitchers Codie Palmer and Hayley Wells said they were shocked and ecstatic to win the competition.
“We’ve been spoiled with all the content we’ve had like the program in Melbourne, going in and seeing how they have an idea and it flows on,” she said.
“In the Mid-West, everyone is saying it is going a little bit stale at the moment with business but really it’s booming with small entrepreneurs.”
“To take this home and say ‘come on, you can do it any where’.”
Ms Somerville said the intention of Pitchfest was to develop the regional entrepreneurs together not just the winning ideas.
“For us it’s not about finding the single best at the end of the day, it’s about building a great cohort,” she said.
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