We’re super excited to announce that Edufolios has taken out first place, after pitching against four other South Australian finalists at last night’s Australia Post Regional Pitchfest event in McLaren Vale! We’ve been awarded the $5,000 first prize and the opportunity to represent South Australia in August at the national gala event in Wagga Wagga (NSW).  It was a fantastic night and we are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to tell our story in such a fantastic forum.  We’re really looking forward to heading to NSW and catching up with the other state’s finalists in the final stage of the competition.

Edufolios co founders, Selena and Matt Woodward answering the judges questions. Image used with permission by Australia Post and Regional Pitchfes

Edufolios co-founders, Selena and Matt Woodward answering the judges questions. Image used with permission by Australia Post and Regional Pitchfest

Our journey with Australia Post and the Regional Pitchfest started, in earnest, two months ago when we learnt that we had been chosen as one of the five state finalists for regional South Australia.  At the end of May, we were treated to a fantastic Business Growth Immersion workshop at the Australia Post headquarters in Melbourne. We heard from an amazing array of business minds and innovation leaders at Australia Post.  We were also treated to an afternoon at the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) – You may have seen my Facebook live video showing off some of the innovative tech startups we got to explore whilst we were there.  Most importantly, we got a chance to meet other entrepreneurial business men and women developing ideas and growing their companies.

South Australia were the last state to pitch, giving us the honour of wrapping up two months worth of weekly instalments from some extremely talented regional entrepreneurs.  We had an amazing line up of judges with some awesome questions from Brendan Yell of Send Grid and Rebecca Burrows from Australia Post plus some opportunities to explore from Mon Wulff’s suggestions. We got some great questions and fantastic feedback from Vinomofo’s Andre Eikmeier and MAP’s very own Rohan Workman.  All of which helps us to move forward and progress.

All of the state finalists with Pitch Fest Founder Di Somerville

All of the State Finalists from SA with Pitch Fest Founder Di Somerville

In Wagga we’ll be joined by two distilleries (Illegal Tender Rum Co Pty Ltd and Deviant Distillery),  a cell tower analysis service for telcos ( SiteSee ), an innovative real estate business which connects home owners to home buyers using technology and not an agent (Next Address), a wonderful social enterprise which aims to change the world one flower at a time (GGs Flowers), a fabulously fun hosiery company creating stay-up stockings in sizes that suit every body (Emmaretta) and, finally, inspirational 14 year old Michael with his STEM startup (Edukits). It’s truly an amazing honour to placed amongst such talented and passionate people and we’re really looking forward to getting to know them all a little more when we meet again in a couple of weeks.

For now, we’re enjoying the opportunities that this win has given us to share our story with as many teachers as possible.  You’ll be able to listen to Matt and I talking with ABC SA Morning Show’s Narelle Graham tomorrow and the twitter stream just keeps growing as people like and share the many tweets from last nights #apregionalpitchfest tag!

Thank you so much to all of you for supporting us, we genuinely love the community around Edufolios. If you’re near Wagga on the 18th of August why not join us for the evening?  You can grab some tickets from the Aus Post Regional Pitchfest website.

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