Pitch your business ideas to our panel of experts and investors.


Our next pitch day will be in Summer 2020


The Pitch concludes the Summer Series of events that took SMIN participants through learning entrepreneurial skills such as Design Thinking and Lean Innovation.  These tools develop and validate a business idea keeping the resources of time and money to a minimum, whilst building confidence that a successful business can be built.

The Pitch is also the Springboard for the next stage in development, both for the new enterprises and for SMIN itself. Those pitching need you as customer and partner; SMIN needs your involvement to grow its capabilities and reach.

The Pitch exists to empower and inspire members of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. At this free event, you will hear from a handful of local entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of experienced investors, and a general audience. This event supports the need for our local start-up & early stage entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level, and gain valuable experience from the effort.

Selected entrepreneurs will have three mentoring sessions with the SMIN team leading up to the event. Learning and mentoring are critical features of the program, as it helps entrepreneurs understand and highlight insights and information investors need to evaluate a deal. With only a few short minutes that message needs to be on point!

As a participant, this event will give you some inspiration to take the next step in developing your own entrepreneurial dreams and find like minded people to work with! In order to strengthen our community, SMIN seeks to empower and inspire local entrepreneurs to build locally relevant, globally facing, long lasting businesses that provide career opportunities for the people of the Snowy Monaro region.

The Pitch helps local business grow – our community is strengthened by meaningful job creation, and becomes stronger when the more experienced entrepreneurial community contribute their knowledge to help others along their path. When we help one another, our community becomes more connected and stronger.


A pitch day doesn’t have to be about investment, prizes or money. Businesses need lots of other things to help them succeed and that could be customers, employees or introductions to someone with specific skills. It could also be to research new markets – the pitch audience are a potential market and can give you feedback right there.

Our audience and judging panel have acquired a lot of knowledge and contacts  over their lives, so the pitch can be about reaching into their world, prompting them to think about someone they know who might be able to help.

Being an audience member at a Pitch Day can be very rewarding too, not only do you get to learn about some people making new businesses, but you may find someone you want to work with or can help in some capacity.


For the successful pitcher’s our investors and mentors will approach you after the event to discuss any further and ongoing relationship. Participating in The Pitch is not a commitment to further engagement. Winner’s of the prizes will be contacted by SMIN to coordinate with our suppliers.

How long is a pitch?
The pitch to the panel is 5 minutes with slides and 5 minutes for questions from the panel.
To qualify for pitching you should attend at least two Pitch Mentoring sessions with SMIN prior to the event.
Apply to Pitch
To submit your application please use the form below. Applications must be received by close of business Wednesday April 24th 2019.
How much is it to attend?
The Pitch is free to attend, but you must register - use the button below.
Why are you doing this event?
SMIN is passionate about job creation in our region, and believes we are stronger when we collaborate and support each other. The Pitch is an opportunity to take the next step, by presenting achievements so far, to each other and to external partners and customers, for the purpose of growing enterprises and opportunities.
Why should I be in the audience?
There are many benefits to being in the audience for a pitch event, perhaps most importantly is being supportive of local business and entrepreneurs! You may be able to help the new business succeed because you can help them, or you know someone else that can help from your network. You may find a new business partner, certainly meet someone you didn't know who could give advice for your own business. You might find a new product or service you would like to purchase to solve a problem you already have. You can also learn about the entrepreneurial journey SMIN is helping people through and how a pitch works if you haven't seen one before.
I'm not ready to pitch - can I still attend?
YES! Before you make the decision come along to a one on one pitch practice session and get a second opinion!
What is SMIN?
SMIN is a group of passionate individuals that have come together to coordinate and grow our entrepreneurial community. We are volunteers; investing our time to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem that fits our regional environment and needs.


In 2019 there were $40,000 of prizes in courses and business support provided by our sponsors.

The Panel

Uwe Boettcher

Uwe Boettcher is a solicitor and investor with a special interest in commercialising new and innovative technologies, investing in them and bringing them to market. Uwe is the Principal of the law firm, Boettcher Law. He grew up in Jindabyne NSW and studied at the Australian National University. Uwe has substantially invested in and mentored many companies and entrepreneurs for over 20 years. Uwe is passionate about helping people who have a new idea or solution to a problem that can make a difference in the world

Sue Haslingden

Sue has spent many years in retail, moving on to business, advertising, marketing, and TAFE teaching, course writing and tutoring. During this time, she experienced the innovative technological revolution of faxes, computers, mobile phones and now moving on to the introduction of robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

Sue is heavily involved with rural living from health, arts & culture, sports, education, society, transport, tourism, communication and opportunity access – to region wide environmental and sustainability impacts and associated economics.  Her commitment to community and business development is underpinned by a recent trip to Canada where she visited Co Work Spaces and Innovation Hubs to develop a more informed vision to further such developments locally.

Craig Davis

Craig Davis was a physicist and a defence employee before he started travel accommodation website TakeABreak.com.au in 2003. Making it way easier to find and book travel accommodation well before the days of Airbnb, Craig and his co-founders carved out a nice chunk of the holiday rental market before selling to Fairfax for $29m. Craig continued to drive the company as Stayz Group and in 2013 it was sold again for US$200m. Craig is now an angel investor, chair of Capital Angels, founder of Griffin Accelerator and General Manager of Growth Programs at the Canberra Innovation Network where he provides entrepreneurs with insights as interesting and diverse as his career path.

Register to Pitch

If you are a business-minded individual and would like to pitch your idea at the event, this is your opportunity. All submissions will be reviewed for approval and additional information will be required after an initial screening. You will receive instructions by e-mail on next steps.


    The Station Resort, The Snowy River Way, Jindabyne, NSW, 2627

    Session Details

    To be confirmed

    2pm – 4pm AEDT

    Cost: $FREE

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