Our Plus Eight Pre-Accelerator program, running concurrently in Perth and Sydney, has officially come to an end as all three cohorts recently celebrated their achievements at their end of program pitch night. Running over six weeks, this pre-accelerator business development program is designed for early-stage startups to take their business to the next level. Each week, participants are connected with mentors and advisors, taught foundational entrepreneurship skills, and given a toolkit to grow their skills as a founder. The end of program pitch night is one of the highlights of the program, as it gives the startups an invaluable opportunity to showcase their businesses to a room full of like-minded founders, experienced mentors and community of supporters. Find out more about how each of these pitch nights unfolded below! City of Canning The City of Canning Pitch Night took place at FLUX, powered by Spacecubed, where over 60+ supporters gathered to watch the cohort pitch. Thanks to Lotterywest IdeaStater funding, there was $10,000 available for 3 winning pitches. In third place, winning $2,000 was Deco Magic, in second place winning $3,000 was Edible Cutlery, and taking out first place, winning $5,000, was Better Me Smoothies. You can read more about each of the startups who took part in the City of Canning Sprint program here. Western Sydney Hosted at the Western Sydney Startup Hub on Tuesday August 1st, 10 founders from the local community were welcomed by over 80 attendees, ready to pitch their businesses. With Adam Long and Adarsh Dutt onsite to judge the pitches, it was an opportunity for the cohort to receive on the spot feedback from leading mentors, ready for the next step in their journey. You can read more about each of these founders here. City of Joondalup On Wednesday August 2nd, we hosted the City of Joondalup Pitch Night at Joondalup Reception Centre, where the local community of supporters attended, alongside a range of Council members. Thanks to the support of Lotterywest IdeaStarter, there was $10,000 up for grabs for the best pitches on the night. Taking home third place, was Site Visuals who received $2,000 funding. In second place was Digital Scrapbooking, who received $3,000, and first place went to Mums on a Mission, who received $5,000 funding. You can read more about each of these startups here. The Plus Eight Pre-Accelerator program was made possible thanks to the support of the City of Canning, Investment NSW and City of Joondalup. Expressions of interest are now open for the Plus Eight Pre-Accelerator program, set to take place in Perth. To learn more about the program and express your interest, click here.