Entrepreneurs have minute to win it

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Young Enterprise Student and Southland Girls' High School pupil Kaiah Sherriff (16) pitches her new cookie idea at the COIN South Popcorn Pitch event at the Kelvin Hotel in Invercargill last week. Photo: Supplied

FROM students to mothers, farmers and engineers, Southland entrepreneurs from all walks of life were given one shot to pitch their business start-up idea to other community creatives.

Hosted by COIN South, the first Popcorn Pitch event was held at Invercargill’s Kelvin Hotel last week, and featured 20 entrepreneurs presenting their business ideas in just one minute.

COIN South chief activator Louise Evans said she was “so proud” of all those who got up and pitched.

“It takes a huge amount of courage to share an idea with strangers, but it’s the best way to validate it.”

The line-up included Soda Inc seed grant finalist Cam Richardson who, with eight seconds to spare, pitched his idea of a one-click split payment plug-in for e-commerce businesses, as well as the “most seasoned” pitcher, Bill Blakie with his Very Eco Bikes, and Young Enterprise Student and Southland Girls’ High School pupil Kaiah Sherriff, who pitched her new cookie idea.

Many of the participants on the night were part of COIN South’s free online start-up course, Start It, she said.

One of those was entrepreneur Brierly Broad, who used Zoom to take part in the event from Australia.

event to organise for the community, even if I can’t be there in person,she said.

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