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  • Date
    28 September 2018
  • Category
    News

The Goulburn Region Innovation Network (GRIN), are hosting the first ever 'Pizza and Pitch Fest' in Goulburn. 'Pizza and Pitch' is Goulburn’s very own local ‘Shark Tank’, just like on TV, but not quite as scary.

Pizza and Pitch will be held at The Collective on the 24th October from 5.30pm.

It is a chance for local people including students (16 and over), individuals, start-ups and current business people with a new idea to present their business proposition to the Goulburn community. The idea can be at any stage of development and should fill a gap in the local community. Applicants from the Southern Tablelands, including Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Wingecarribee, Upper Lachlan Shire and Queanbeyan-Palerang are encouraged to enter.

A local panel of judges will decide on two winners at the end of the evening. The judges will be Mayor Bob Kirk, Michael Phillips, Prue Martin, Graeme Neil and Tennille Skelly who will be assessing the pitches on a number of different criteria, including how innovative the idea is and whether there is a clearly defined market for the idea.

For those you just want to come along and watch some inspiring business pitches, there will be pizza from Harvest Café to enjoy and an important role to play in voting! As well as two winners selected by the judges, there will be a People’s Choice Award, where those in the audience can vote for the best pitch.

There are great prizes to be won, including $1000 cash, mentoring from local advisors and a $300 voucher from Revolution Print.

Project Officer at RDA Southern Inland, Camilla Staff, says that RDA Southern Inland is excited to be a part of the event and a sponsor on the night.

“The event coincides with Small Business Month in NSW and it’s a great chance for the local community to celebrate and support new business and innovation. Small businesses are key to jobs growth and development in regional areas and we want to support new businesses and local innovation as much as possible.”

BDCU Alliance Bank is also a sponsor of the event. Kayla O’Brien, Centre Manager, emphasises how this event fits perfectly with the bank’s purpose to “make our community better off tomorrow than it was yesterday". 

“This is the first event of its kind in Goulburn and I really encourage the community to get behind it. I’m excited to see the pitches and learn what locals believe the community needs in terms of business,” said Kayla. 

To find out more information or register, visit https://collectivegoulburn.com.au/community/events/

GRIN is a group of local community members and businesses with their purpose to explore the opportunity to grow and develop a start-up incubator for the Goulburn region.

Special thanks to our sponsors of Pizza and Pitch; BDCU Alliance Bank, The Collective, NSW Government, Revolution Print, RDA Southern Inland, Goulburn Post, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, CBRIN and SRBEC.

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