In front of a crowd of 200 beef industry stakeholders and an all-star line-up of judges, budding entrepreneurs presented their big beef ideas at Beef Australia’s Pitch In The Paddock presented by evokeAG.
Shannon Speight and Emma Black, co-founders of Queensland-based, Black Box Co, a software as a service (SaaS) product that analyses individual animal data and displays it as a decision-making dashboard, bested eight other finalists to win the beef industry’s greatest entrepreneurial prize – Beef Australia’s Pitch In The Paddock presented by evokeAG.
Pitch In The Paddock is a Shark Tank style competition held live and on stage at Beef Australia in Rockhampton, Queensland once every three years. Despite the challenges presented by the global, COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Pitch In The Paddock received a 34% increase in entries over the 2018 event with submissions coming from across Australia and Europe.
Judging the competition were Bevan Slattery, a tech entrepreneur who holds the record for listing the most companies on the Australian Stock Exchange; Alex McCauley, CEO of StartupAus; Luke Chandler, MD of John Deere Australia and New Zealand; David Halpern of Microsoft Australia and, cattle expert Bruce Creek of Thomas Elder Consulting.
Black Box Co received $10,000 and a Beef Australia bronze stockman.
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Winner and Finalists