Got a big idea? Test it at Regional Pitchfest!
Thousands of regionally-based A.C.T. innovators and small business owners will have the chance to win a share of $100,000 in prizes with applications now open for the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest territory final in Canberra this June, before heading to the national final in Wagga Wagga (NSW) in August.
Preparing finalists with workshops and mentoring - before pitching their big idea on stage to an expert panel of judges and a public audience - the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is designed to realise the potential and celebrate the success of Australia’s rural and regional entrepreneurs, artisans and small businesses.
Partnering with Regional Pitchfest, the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) and a rapidly growing number of local councils, business organisations and startup communities, Australia Post is working to build a culture of entrepreneurship in regional and rural communities.
Regional Pitchfest Founder Dianna Somerville said: “Last year I set out to help one regional community – my home town of Wagga Wagga – by giving them a platform to launch their great and innovative ideas. I keep pinching myself every day that just eight months later, thanks to the incredible support of Australia Post, people from all regional communities across Australia will now get this same amazing opportunity.”
Rebecca Burrows, Australia Post General Manager Small Business, said: “eCommerce is providing the opportunity for any Australian entrepreneur and small business, no matter where they are located, to reach customers globally. We’re genuinely committed to helping all small businesses thrive, wherever they are. We know there are amazing innovators throughout regional Australia, which is why we are launching the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest. I can’t wait to meet all the entrepreneurs and business owners in regional Australia and work with them to help their small businesses become the business they want to be."
Regional Pitchfest judge, Georgia Beattie
Regional Australia is already big business. Approximately 30% of the Australian population lives outside major cities (ABS 2012) and accounts for 75% of the nation’s national export earnings (ABS 2011).
“Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is all about unearthing the next big business idea from regional Australia. The first ever winner was a 13-year-old high school student, so it’s OK if your idea is not yet a business and you don’t need an MBA to enter – just a great idea and the ability to sell it!” said Mrs Burrows.
Applications are now open until Friday 28 April at www.regionalpitchfest.com