AN EXCITING opportunity for aspiring local entrepreneurs approaches as a Shark Tank-style event heads to the Far South Coast.
Entrepreneurs on the Sapphire Coast will get a chance to pitch their Internet business ideas to a highly credentialled investor panel at the SeaChange StartUp Camp on May 29-30 in Pambula.
Australia’s only regional entrepreneurs startup camp returns for its fourth year with registrations now open at seachange4.eventbrite.com.au.
The event starts with some inspiration from former head of Australian Treasury Dr Ken Henry, followed by representatives of Canberra’s booming startup scene Lachlan Blackhall of green-tech startup Reposit Power, and Craig Davis of the Griffin Accelerator.
Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes will also add her voice to the growing interest in startups in the region.
The startup camp, run over two days at the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, will give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to come up with some innovative web-based businesses, or further develop what they are already working on.
Mentors with strong business backgrounds will be on-hand to assist in the process.
On the Saturday night, in a Shark Tank-style setting, the ideas will be pitched to an experienced panel that will ask the hard questions and provide insights to the wannabe Google and Facebook magnates.
“The startup camp environment is designed to provide a positive and encouraging atmosphere and we hope to be able to showcase local innovation and talented entrepreneurs,” Liam O’Duibhir of event facilitator IntoIT said.
“Startup camps have been running all over the world in recent years and have provided many successful entrepreneurs with their first taste of the fast-paced world of building web-based businesses.
“This is one of the only startup camps to run outside of a metropolitan region,” he said.
The weekend is being organised by the Sapphire Coast’s local technology and business group IntoIT in association with Canberra’s leading startup advisory service, Lighthouse Innovation.
A small charge towards costs is sought from participants.
“IntoIT would like to thank the Department of Industry and Science for their generous support, without which this event would not be possible, and Christine Kaine from Business Angels for providing prizes for the winners,” Mr O’Duibhir said.