RiverPitch, QUT call for start-ups


Brisbane-based start-up pitch event RiverPitch has raised the curtain on its 9th edition, opening applications today for start-ups ready for investment.

The event, organised by start-up hub River City Labs, is expected to triple in size compared to the previous event held last year.

RiverPitch will see up to seven investment-ready companies from across Australia spruik their wares next month, with successful candidates receiving up to $1.5 million in funding.

River City Labs general manager Josh Anthony said the invitation-only event, first held in 2012, will bring together pre-screened investors and entrepreneurs in a social environment where developed ideas can be pitched.

“We’ve seen a tremendous uplift in interest for RiverPitch from start-ups and investors all over the country,” Mr Anthony said, adding he expects attendee numbers to hit 200.

“This is a clear testament that RiverPitch plays a pivotal role in supporting the start-up ecosystem both in Queensland and now at a national level.

RiverPitch founder Steve Baxter said he wanted to encourage start-ups to throw their hat into the ring. The event will be held in May 25, 2016 in Brisbane.

Applications close April 29.

Meanwhile QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) this week announced that applications are now open for creative start-ups seeking early-stage funding to pitch to angel investors at the Creative3 Pitch event on 22 September 2016.

Launched in 2013, Creative3 Pitch aims to increase the number of investor-ready creative ventures in Australia, with a focus on improving collaboration and transparency between creative businesses and the investment community.

One founder from the winning team will go on to represent Australia in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the global initiative for creative entrepreneurship and innovation, the Creative Business Cup.

CEO of QUT CEA, Anna Rooke, said the event is the only event in Australia dedicated to building a strong foundation between the creative start-up community and early-stage investors.

“We are very much looking forward to being part of this facilitation process for the fourth year running,” Ms Rooke said.

“The Creative3 Pitch is all about unlocking the enormous potential of creative industries ventures that are already showing strong growth trajectory — we really want to encourage creative entrepreneurs from all around Australia to apply,” Ms Rooke added.

Applications for Creative3 Pitch close on 20 June 2016, and businesses must submit a 90-second pitch video.

Finalists from 2015 include Bluethumb, BrandSpot and comiXchat by Nubis.

Originally published at The Australian