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Beef Australia 2018 Pitch in the Paddock Finalists announced

Posted on April 12th, 2018

Beef Australia 2018 are pleased to announce the eight finalists for Pitch in the Paddock, supported by KPMG to be held for the first time during Beef Australia May 6-12 in Rockhampton.

The eight finalists are:

Heidi Smith, All Quotes Direct
Chris Balazs, Farm Gate MSU
Nick Dyer, Fluxx
Tim Cannon, Livestock Labs
Jordy Kitchske, MEQ Probe
Fiona Soulsby, ProAgni
Frank Wooten, Vence Corp
Darryl Lyons, Watersave

“We are very excited to welcome such amazing talent onto our stage this year, we have seen phenomenal ideas ranging from Agtech to beef production and food innovation” Says Denis Cox, Beef Australia 2018 Chief Executive Officer.  “This event is being run for the first time at Beef Australia 2018, and judging by the responses and talent, it will be the first of many competitions to come and will also set a huge benchmark for years to come” Denis says.

The eight top finalists in the inaugural Pitch in the Paddock, supported by KPMG, will pitch to an extraordinary group of business leaders and investors in front of a live audience. Winners have an opportunity to take home fantastic cash prizes and incentive packages.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of the live audience to watch the next leaders of the industry cultivate their business ideas to the entire supply chain and local and international leaders.
This exciting new event will be MC’d by Mark Sowerby, Founder Blue Sky Alternative Investments and Inaugural QLD Chief Entrepreneur, “I am really pleased to be a part of something that enables the best and the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the Beef Industry to come together and pitch their ideas to a panel of 5 highly impressive successful business owners and operators that are greatly respected in their own fields. This is a chance to discover new talent and to make a real difference to the industry and to our finalists.”

Mark will lead an impressive and formidable judging panel including:

Ben van Delden, Head of AgTech and Head of Markets, KPMG Australia, “I believe that innovation and evolution have much in common; breakthroughs happen right at the edge, closest to the problem that needs a solution! Pitch in the Paddock is about providing the best of Australia’s many entrepreneurial beef sector innovators with the opportunity to showcase their solution to the industry, receive constructive feedback, and access expert start up coaching insights. KPMG are proud to be donating specialist acceleration advice to the founders of the winning startups.”

Glen Richards, veterinary physician, entrepreneur and investor who is also a Shark on Shark Tank. “I’m very happy to be part of the judging panel for the first Pitch in the Paddock event to be held. Food security and food technology is an interesting space to invest. Looking forward to hearing about innovations in the beef industry.”

Markus Kahlbetzer, Founder & CEO of BridgeLane Group

Sarah Nolet, Founder and CEO, AgThentic

Susan McDonald, Managing Director, Super Butcher

When: Wednesday 9 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Where: Rockhampton State High School Sports Complex, Rockhampton

For additional information, visit our website www.beefaustralia.com.au, tickets now on sale, or you can pay at the gate.


Media contact: Sarah Mitchell-Anyon, Marketing and Communication Coordinator, Beef Australia 2018.