- 1 November 2018
The inaugural Pizza & Pitch event, hosted by the Goulburn Regional Innovation Network, has been declared a success with eleven diverse business and social enterprise ideas ‘pitched’ to a large crowd last Wednesday night at The Collective.
Marnie Wragge-Morley and Melissa Hilleard won the over 18 category for their ‘Creative Commune’ concept which will provide a home for local handmade products. Sophie Welch of Mulwaree High School won the under 18 category for her Dance Studio business pitch which would provide Goulburn with a high quality accredited dance studio with competitions.
"We really enjoyed pitching, it’s a great opportunity for people in the community and it was great to hear of all the amazing ideas out there! It will really help us get our business off the ground, we hope to be up and running by early 2019, so watch this space," said Melissa Hilleard of Creative Commune.
Chris Doherty, Harrison Seeley and Sinan Sorial took out the ‘People’s Choice’ award on the night for their music production concept, Gr8ham. Gr8ham is innovative in the online space, promoting their music through social media and streaming services.
Pitchees were given three minutes to present their idea to a judging panel of five that included local business leaders; Prue Martin, Tennille Skelly, Graeme Neil; Michael Phillips and Mayor Bob Kirk. Judges then had two minutes to ask questions before assessing the ideas against a number of criteria including innovation, feasibility and impact on Goulburn’s future.
Mayor Bob Kirk said the event was a great initiative and one that showcased innovation and the potential of our region.
“It was a fun evening where everyone really got into the themes of innovation and creativity. We heard eleven diverse business and social enterprise ideas that all had strong points. A healthy crowd came along to the Collective and were very supportive and involved – I look forward to future events from the Goulburn Regional Innovation Network.”
Winners of the two categories received $1000 cash, tickets to Australia’s largest start up conference StartCon, use of a hotdesk at the Collective or Workspace2580 for 6 months, mentoring with a BEC advisor and a $300 voucher to Revolution Print.
Marnie and Melissa will also have the opportunity to work through their idea with the Canberra Innovation Network’s (CBRIN) Ideas to Impact Program, while Sophie will receive three hours with a CBRIN mentor. The members of Gr8ham received $500 cash and use of a hot desk for three months.
The event was proudly supported by Co Workspace, BDCU Alliance Bank, NSW Government Small Business Month, Goulburn Post, Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, Workspace2580, Canberra Innovation Network, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, Revolution Print, Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre and Goulburn Mulwaree Council.