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Following its successful launch in Wagga Wagga earlier this year, Bendigo is the next regional Australian city to get the Regional Pitchfest treatment, with the five startups set to pitch at the event on November 23 today unveiled.

The five finalists, each chosen for their originality, creativity, innovation, and well thought out business models, will pitch their ideas to the audience and judging panel at The Engine Room.

Dianna Somerville, founder of Regional Pitchfest, said, “We were inspired by the standard of entries in Bendigo. From entrepreneurs and advertising executives to hospitality professionals and CEOs, the range and diversity was truly amazing.”

The breadth of diversity seems to be a theme for Regional Pitchfest, with the inaugural Wagga Wagga event seeing pitches for businesses in sectors as diverse as edutech to sportstech, to a subscription service delivering work from local artists to your home.

The top prize on the night was taken out by 13 year old Michael Nixon with his 3D printing edutech startup, EduKits.

This round of finalists will attend a Pitchfest Bootcamp at Bendigo’s Discovery Science Centre to help prepare their pitches. At this bootcamp they will be mentored by Somerville and Rohan Workman, director of the Melbourne Accelerator Program at the University of Melbourne.

Judging the pitches will be Greg Sutherland, Chief Innovation Officer at Australia Post,  entrepreneur Joe Barber, StartupVIC CEO Georgia Beattie, Bendigo local and founder of the Australian Turntable Company, Paul Chapman, and entrepreneur Kerry Anderson.

The winners will share in $10,000 to help take their businesses further.

The pitching finalists are:

Cool Clutch – Suzanne Caroll

One Hour Out – Jay Dillon

The Set Up – Erin Griffin

Parra Wirra – David Farrington

Brilliant Polish – Mark Farrell

You can get tickets to Regional Pitchfest here.

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