Edufolios proudly represented South Australia in the national Australia Post, Regional Pitch Fest in Wagga Wagga. We pitched our story to a panel of 6 judges, all in under 5 minutes, and connected with over 450 people in the audience. Before the pitch, we spent the day working with Brendan Yell (from Send Grid amongst other things), getting some media training (got some awesome tips for speaking and listening exercises from that!), and networking with some of regional Australia’s finest business activators and advocates.

We didn’t get to take home the main prize.  We don’t mind though.  What teacher couldn’t be impressed by a 14-year-old, pitching to the chief innovation officer of Australia Post and a federal minister with such calm and style?  Michael Nixon, took home the top prize and, as a result, will be heading to Silicon Valley in the US with the Melbourne Accelerator Program.  He also gets to take advantage of an e-commerce packaged sponsored by Australia Post. As he made clear in his pitch, he’s looking for their help to get his product into every single one of their stores.  His product is the Amazing Annoyatron. You see, frustrated with the lack of engaging resources open to him as he was learning to code, he created his own solution; no giving up, no sitting, and complaining. Instead, he created 20, easy to program, Arduino-based projects then contacted a factory in China all to create his first Edukit. I even bought one myself!

Win TV coverage of the Pitch Fest Final

Runner-up was John Hyslop of Deviant Distillery. When Angels are stealing the whiskey, what choice do you have but to award the product?  The pitch fest was an amazing experience. It was incredible to be connected and counted among the high caliber of startups and small businesses presenting with us on stage.

A massive shout to Adam Drummond of Reech TV. for streaming every final live.  That truly enabled us to learn and connect with some amazing people. It also placed our brand in front of thousands. Especially at the national final where it was also streamed on the TechCrunch website congratulations Adam on your first-ever global appearance! Australia Post and Di Somerville of regional pitchfest, together, you’ve done some amazingly powerful work and I’m glad that Michael, (14 and from a large regional town in New South Wales) found you and your team. You’re facilitating something that is truly empowering regional entrepreneurs and we’re looking forward to seeing where this takes us all.

Photos from the event

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