NSW regional pitchfest winners awarded

Kathy Hubble of Amelio Health took out the title of Regional NSW’s top new startup company and won the lion’s share of the prizes at the grand final of the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest held in recently in Wagga Wagga.

Minister for Jobs Stuart Ayres said five finalists from Armidale, Byron Bay, Albury, Young and the Central Coast battled it out for top honours but Central Coast company Amelio Health won through with its innovative online support program.

Amelio Health took the statewide title of Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest 2019 Winner with its online support program for people in pain and their health professionals, which is an app that collects data from wearable devices linked to Amelio Health coaches.

As the grand final winner, Amelio Health receives $7,500 cash plus a specially-tailored overseas trip valued at $10,000 to get international exposure and explore business and investment opportunities.

The runner-up at the grand final was Albury’s Dimity Brassil with her app, A Lasting Tale, which will receive $3,500 cash for her business that 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

“The Regional Pitchfest competition has been a great success in discovering the best emerging regional startups from across NSW and helping grow their business skills and profiles. I hope to see these startups grow into substantial companies that can support new jobs and industries in their regional communities,” said Ayres.

Kathy Hubble of Amelio Health said she was immensely grateful for the opportunity that Jobs For NSW had provided herself and all the finalists.“From the camaraderie and connectivity between the finalists and the activators to the unwavering support from Dianna Somerville and her Regional Pitchfest team as well as from Rebel Black in Lightning Ridge,” Hubble said. “The experience I have gained has been invaluable since winning the virtual pitch competition back in June. Next steps will be a trip overseas to establish contracts within the international digital health space.”

Dianna Somerville, the founder of Regional Pitchfest, said, “Regional Pitchfest is the megaphone for regional entrepreneurship. This event highlights the opportunity to create successful, globally scalable businesses from the regions.”

The other finalists included Armidale’s Danielle Morton who founded Zondii, an online community for healthy food and eco-friendly products; Byron Bay’s Jonas Widjaja of Fair Game Wild Venison, which delivers premium quality, wild-caught venison; and Young’s PA2health,
a Facebook messenger chatbot which delivers a four-week health and wellness challenge.

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