Revolutionary program goals to spice up financial resilience, create jobs in bushfire-affected areas
Fourteen entrepreneurs impressed a panel of judges from trade, authorities, and training with a pitch for his or her enterprise thought in the course of the iAccelerate RISE Program at Wingecarribee Shire Civic Centre Theatrette final week (Tuesday, 20 September).
Michael Turczynski gained the Judges’ Alternative Award in the course of the lunch session with Untouch, an modern cleansing idea utilizing UV know-how to keep away from direct contact with soiled surfaces. Sue Hayward gained the Judges’ Award within the night session with Grand Tales, which captures the essence of your life story. Cintia Yamane Lemann, from Handcrafted Ceramics, and Paul Hemans, along with his AI and Robotics for faculties and training, gained the Folks’s Alternative Awards within the lunch and night classes, respectively.
Every pitch was the end result of eight weeks of discovery on their enterprise by way of the College of Wollongong’s (UOW) iAccelerate Rise program. The entrepreneurs may also obtain an invite to showcase their companies at an inter-regional innovation summit within the Bega Valley in March subsequent yr.
Judges for the pitch competitors included Carisa Wells, the President of Enterprise Southern Highlands and CEO of Regional Growth Australia Southern Inland; Stephen Lowe, Vice President of the Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce and College of Wollongong Southern Highlands Campus Supervisor; Liz Dixon, Division of Regional NSW; Jan Campbell, Wingecarribee Shire Council; and Dr Tamantha Stutchbury, Director of iAccelerate.
Chris Petersilge, iAccelerate Ecosystem Evangelist, mentioned the Wingecarribee Entrepreneur Pitch Closing occasion is the start of development and improvement of their enterprise and contribution to the financial success of the area.
“The judging panel have been impressed with each the professionalism and calibre of every of the pitches,” Mr Petersilge mentioned.
“Like all nice pitches, they enticed the judges and viewers to study extra and proved this with the hours of conversations that continued after the occasion.”
Different entrepreneurs who pitched on the occasion included:
- John Visitor, Pocket Host
- Margot Murphy, Woodland Studio and Farm
- Deborah McLaughlin, The Honey Thief
- Amanda Rennie, Arty Bowerbird
- Kate Ingham, Vendor Central Setup
- Jeanie Murphy, Glenfion
- Indigo Melrose, Moms at Midnight
- Jeremy Barnett, Planitree
- Fiona Pearce, Icing Bliss
- John Jordan, Escape Rooms
Mr Petersilge famous that every of the pitching companies have been in a position to scale and broaden.
“This is a crucial a part of any enterprise and builds on financial development and employment for the Wingecarribee Shire.
“We acknowledge this program was made doable to ship in Wingecarribee Shire by way of joint funding by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Authorities beneath the Catastrophe Restoration Funding Preparations.”
iAccelerate Rise is one in every of 195 local people initiatives supporting financial or social restoration, strengthening resilience and delivering ongoing group profit to bushfire-affected communities in NSW to obtain Stage 2 Bushfire Native Financial Restoration funding.
This system was developed in session with Wingecarribee Shire Council and in chatting with the local people.