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Get Your Pitches Ready!

Startup Shakeup, in partnership with Runway Geelong, is bringing a Pitch Fest to North East Victoria on April 4. 

The competition, to be held in Wangaratta, will see startups pitching their business idea and competing for a share in over $100,000 in prizes – including an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Jiangsu Victoria Startup Summit held in Nanjing, China in May 2019. 

Co-organised by the Nanjing Municipal Government, City of Melbourne, Pukou District Government, Nanjing Overseas Innovation Centre and Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE), the Summit creates a unique opportunity for Victorian and Jiangsu cities and businesses alike to exchange knowledge, build strong commercial relationships and discuss solutions to current issues affecting communities.   

Peter Dostis, CEO of Runway Geelong and sponsor of the event, is excited for the opportunities it will bring to our North East Victoria region. 

CEO of Runway Geelong, Peter Dostis: 

“China can be a difficult market to enter without the right level of connections and introductions. The summit is a fantastic opportunity for any North East startup or scaling-up business looking to get started in China.” 

The winner of the April 4 Pitch Fest competition will win a fully paid trip including travel, accommodation, and a formal introduction that could pave the way for a thriving global venture.  

This will be one of several competitions held state-wide to select 15 Victorian startups who will then be matched with Jiangsu startups or companies to participate in a hackathon and Mayors and Investors Forum on 14-15 May in Nanjing, China.  

Applications for the Pitch Fest close on March 27th, 2019. Submissions can be made at www.startupshakeup.co 

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening of exciting pitches and support our local startups from 6pm-8pm on 4 April at Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Rd, Wangaratta.  For catering purposes please book at: https://bit.ly/2TYcaxg 

PHOTO CAPTION: L-R Catherine MacMillan (Benalla Rural City), Peter Dostis (Runway), Emma Jones (Startup Shakeup), Rachael Richards (Rural City Wangaratta), Anne Shaw (NE Tracks LLEN), Brett Ambrosio (GOTAFE), Ilena Young (Charles Sturt University), Danielle Roberts (Mansfield Shire) planning the upcoming Pitch Night in Wangaratta 

Photo Credit : Startup Shakeup