Now in its second year, the Business Navigator Pitch Challenge is a shark-tank style pitch event where participants living or working in the Western Downs deliver their new business or growth idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $15,000.
Participants can enter one of two categories:


New Business Idea

for new ideas or businesses commencing trade after 1 January 2019

1st Prize - $10,000 and 12 months pro bono business and marketing consulting

2nd Prize - $2,000

3rd Prize - $1,000

Business Growth Idea

for businesses which commenced trading in 2018 or prior.

1st Prize - $10,000 and 12 months pro bono business and marketing consulting

2nd Prize - $2,000

3rd Prize - $1,000

That's not all ...

Over 200 guests at the Pitch Challenge Finals, held in Chinchilla on Thursday, 19 March 2020 will vote on the evening for the finalist they believe most likely to succeed. 

The winner of People's Choice Prize will win a further $5,000




Apply online with details of your business growth idea.  All applications will be assessed and 12 semi finalists selected to prepare a pitch for our judges.


Semi finalists will participate in tailored workshops and individual coaching to prepare and deliver a pitch that tells your story and delights our judges and audience. 


Semi finalists will compete in a shark-tank style competition to deliver a 5 minute pitch followed by a Q&A session with the judging panel.  Six finalists will be selected to deliver their pitch to a dinner of 100 business leaders and win prize money to kick start your idea.

15 November 2019
Applications Open

Complete your application online between 15 November 2019 and 20 January 2020.

20 January 2020
Applications Close 

Online applications close at 12 noon on Monday 20 January 2020 and no further applications will be accepted.

27 January 2020
Applicants Notified 

Following evaluation of all applications, Six semi-finalists will be selected in each category to prepare their pitch for our judges.  Unsuccessful applicants will notified by email.

February 2020
Coaching Sessions

Semi finalists work with the Business Navigators team to develop and polish a
5 minute pitch.

5 March 2020
Semi Finalists Pitch

Semi finalists deliver their pitch to a panel of judges followed by a Q&A.  Three finalists in each category will be chosen by the judges and notified within 24 hours.

19 March 2020
Finals and Pitch Night

Finalists deliver their pitch followed by Q&A with judging panel.  Winners are selected by the judges, with the People's Choice winner voted by guests on the evening.

© 2020 Business Navigator Western Downs is a partnership of Shell's QGC business and Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise