The clock is ticking for rural businesses and entrepreneurs to make their best online pitch for a new competition that has a $60,000 prize pool up for grabs.
Buy From The Bush, in partnership with PayPal Australia, launched Buy From The Bush Big Break on September 28.
BFTB founder Grace Brennan said there had been an enthusiastic response to the contest, which is offering the winner $30,000 cash plus a business pack to help get their idea off the ground.
There's also $15,000 for the runner-up and $15,000 for the people's choice prize, with the Australian public having the chance to vote on the top entries.
"The response has been really positive, and I think people are quite excited, there's a lot of money on the line and huge prizes, so I think there's a great energy," Mrs Brennan said.
Entries are open to anyone aged 18 and over and based in a rural Australian location and there are two elements to entering.
"Because we [BFTB] started on social media, we really liked the idea of a social media pitchfest," Mrs Brennan said.
"So people have to do their two- to three-minute video but also post either an Instagram Reel or a 15-second video to their Facebook feed, and that element, the 15-second video will be the element that people vote in the people's choice awards.
"So we really want that element to be super entertaining and engaging and knowing people like I do in the bush, I think it will be some really cool stuff coming our way."
...knowing people like I do in the bush, I think it will be some really cool stuff coming our way.Buy From The Bush founder Grace Brennan
The 2021 NSW Regional Woman of the Year highlighted the competition was for people in "all stages of their business's life cycle".
"It's not necessarily somebody new to the market with some whiz-bang innovation, it could be somebody already running a small business of either a store or a service-based business and they have this plan to grow, and they need a little bit of help to get there," Mrs Brennan said.
"And we're just as interested in those pitches as we are the seedlings of ideas or proof-of-concepts."
Entries close at midday on Monday October 11.
"There are a few reasons why it's a tight turnaround but mostly because, let's not overthink it, I think you've just got to put yourself out there and pitch, and have a crack," Mrs Brennan said.
"I think as always it's not about perfection, it's about progress and in some ways the more you sit with it, the more huge this challenge is, so I just hope that people have an idea and communicate it."
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