At a signature event on Tuesday, 16 May 2017, Newcastle Business Club invited well-known entrepreneurs and ‘sharks’, Naomi Simson and Dr Glen Richards, to talk about their business journey’s but also to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs.
In conjunction with KOFM, Newcastle Business Club ran a competition, including not only a $15,000 advertising package for the winner, but also the opportunity to meet and pitch to Naomi and Glen.
Whilst there could be only one winner – Mae Laine, an Australian lifestyle brand by Kylie Wiblen and announced by KOFM’s Tanya Wilks – the competition judges also thought another entrepreneurial business deserved a mention – CoverMe by Tony Singh.
Newcastle Business Club President, Dene Kilpatrick, said the two entrepreneurs provided an indication of the amazing businesses being borne in the region.
“Both Naomi and Glen were impressed with the businesses chosen to pitch to them – from very different ends of the scale,” Dene said.
“They provided great feedback and advice to Kylie and Tony, but also encouraged the room to support local startups.”
The event was sponsored by Merchant Business Brokers and Co-Founder, Shane Fox said it was an exciting and inspiration event.
“As a business owner, I attend many events, but this one stands out for me, as it had a lot packed into a short time,” Shane said.
“We got to hear some valuable words of wisdom from people who have done the hard yards, as well as learn about some emerging businesses and their plans for the future.”
IMAGE | The committee of Newcastle Business Club, with Naomi Simson and Glen Richards.