All the action from the 2018 Pitch Challenge
All the action from the 2018 Pitch Challenge

For entrepreneurs, the ability to pitch their ideas or business to potential customers and investors is crucial.

The stronger the pitch – the more likely you are to open new business opportunities. It’s as simple as that.

That’s why an annual ‘Pitch Challenge’, which encourages Western Downs businesses to put forward their exciting business ideas in a competitive format, is a fundamental part of the Business Navigator program.

All pitch challenge semi-finalists and finalists receive online pitch training, get access exclusive resources and have one-on-one coaching to make their pitch even stronger. This prepares these entrepreneurs for future pitches and sharpens their marketing approach.

The challenge culminates on finals night, where finalists showcase their ideas to a team of expert judges.

The 2018 Pitch Challenge category winners
The 2018 Pitch Challenge category winners

Competition categories include best new business idea, best growth opportunity idea and best young entrepreneur.

Last year’s Pitch Challenge saw $34,000 in prizemoney awarded to nine finalists. The finalists are using the prizemoney and learnings from the Pitch Challenge to secure new opportunities and take their business to the next level.

David Abbott won the Best Growth Idea at last year’s Pitch Challenge. His innovative idea is a ute or trailer-mounted picket driving fencing machine that reduces labour, cost and time to complete a fencing job.

“I feel very lucky to be involved in such a great program,” he said.

“It has really pushed me to go forward with my idea so it can help other people be more productive.”

Business Navigator is a Shell’s QGC business program delivered in partnership with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.