Here are 11 startups from regional NSW vying for a $20,000 prize

- August 8, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Wagga Wagga winner of Regional Pitchfest, Dimity Brassil. Photo: Jobs for NSW


Eleven startups from regional NSW head to the big smoke next week for three-day bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub.

They’ll then go into a pitchfest with five chosen as finalists the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest in Wagga Wagga on September 5, with $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Regional Pitchfest founder Dianna Somerville said the Sydney bootcamp will include workshops on attracting and managing investors, marketing, team and board building and more.

For more information on the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest visit is available here.

Here are the 11 ventures involved and where they’re from:

Armidale’s Danielle Morton is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for kids’ health and organic food who has founded Zondii, an online community for healthy food and eco-friendly products.

Broken Hill’s Pandora’s Palate is a family-run gourmet food business spearheaded by chef Lee Cecchin who uses seasonal local ingredients and bush flavours to create food products unique to Broken Hill.

Byron Bay’s Jonas Widjaja of Fair Game Wild Venison  has created a business that delivers premium quality, wild-caught venison straight from the wilderness to provide a source of all-natural unfarmed deer meat.

Coffs Harbour’s Tony Rothacker, a lean startup advocate whose specialty is to deliver complex technology in a simple way, has developed Tracee App which is an artificial intelligence solution that diagnoses internet access issues and requests a service without leaving customers in a call queue.

The Hunter’s Susan Ryan founded Uukoo which offers a communication solution for people with dementia and their families using a tablet with functions designed to help maintain social connections between loved ones.

Wagga Wagga’s Dimity Brassil, a writer, has created A Lasting Tale which empowers people to record the audio life stories of loved ones through a do it yourself guide, workshops and professional interviews, while also supporting fundraising for Palliative Care Australia.

Wollongong’s Ella Gibbons has created multimedia company The Atlas of Consciousness to share ideas on solutions to world issues such as poverty and climate change through videos, podcasts, and books.

Young’s PA2health is a digital innovation developed by five co-founders with experience in fitness, nutrition and mindfulness who deliver a four-week challenge involving healthy eating, exercise and stress management via a Facebook messenger chatbot.

Dubbo’s Leanne O’Sullivan created Summit School with Leanne O to share and teach organisations how to create, implement and measure their own digital marketing strategies using the exact framework that her digital agency, Adventure Digital uses with all of their clients.

Bathurst’s Sally Hennessy of Beyond Vision Travel who has spent 10 years working with students with vision impairment has combined a love of travel with her desire to help people to focus on travel tours for people with vision impairment.

Lightning Ridge’s Kathy Hubble of Amelio Health is providing an online support program for people in pain and their health professional which is data driven from an app and wearable devices linked to Amelio Health coaches.