18 June 2015 Digital Innovation Challenge Final

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The stage is set for six Coffs Coast startups to go head-to head in a LIVE PITCH competition on Thursday June 25 for their share of $10,000 in cash and prizes.


This inaugural LIVE PITCH is the culmination of the Telstra Stores Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge launched in March by the Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter.


Over the last couple of months Coffs Harbour’s very own coworking space SIX DEGREES has been supporting local entrepreneurs to team up, workshop their concepts and hone their pitch skills at a series of events held at the space in City Square. Teams have been using the coworking space to develop their concepts and bounce ideas off the other members who have a broad diversity of skills and backgrounds. Local entrepreneurs were encouraged to submit their pitch on paper or video format and from this diverse pool of talent the top six finalists have been selected to pitch live to the panel of judges at C.ex Group Coffs on Thursday June 25. Finalists are:

•          James Hay, My Therapist

•          Ken Thaine, PowZat Promos

•          Peter Watt, Local Farm Fresh

•          Justin Clarke, Social Ally

•          Kathy Sheen, Sparky and Shady

•          Dave Spears, NSW Coastal Cycle Trail


The panel will include among others - Alan Jones from BlueChilli, a tech startup accelerator with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Anthony Jephcott from Telstra Stores Coffs Harbour and Wayne Houlden, CEO of local digital business Janison.


The winning finalists will receive $5,000 in cash along with a support package of mentoring and assistance designed to allow the entrepreneur to take their business to the next level.


We encourage anyone interested to come along to the LIVE PITCH and be a part of the action. Maybe you have a concept you want to launch, get some ideas on how to pitch, find out what the judges are looking for, support our local entrepreneurs or get some hot tips on how to grow your own business. To grab a seat contact Suzanne Mills on Suzanne.mills@chcc.nsw.gov.au or 6648 4089.