We are honoured to have wonderful experts in design, sales, product development, sales and manufacturing as our Judges:

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Creative Sourcing & Co-operation Manager   |   TCHIBO

Bastian travels the world sourcing new products and designs.  He works closely with suppliers, manufacturers and factories to ensure all products meet Tchibo's high quality standards and requirements.

Bastian was able to give his insight and share his extensive knowledge with the Innovation Top 20 at the inaugural February 2015 event.


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Division Manager   |   TCHIBO

Michael's eye for detail and intricate manufacturing knowledge ensures that Tchibo work with the world's best suppliers and use best practises when manufacturing.  Michael and his team create unique products as well as source unique interesting products from around the world.

Michael's feedback for the Top 20 at Innovation Pitchfest August 2015 gave them unique insight to tweak their products and designs for the global market.


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Group Exhibition Director   |   REED EXHIBITIONS

“We are delighted to be partnering with Tchibo to launch the first ever “Tchibo PitchFest” at Reed Gift Fairs.  The opportunity to facilitate this event and connect a well-respected global retailer and manufacturer with innovative Australian wholesalers and promote Australian designed products to an international marketplace is very exciting.  The “PitchFest” is a unique way to for a Retailer to source products at the Fairs and we look forward to wholesalers embracing this new initiative”, Sally De Swart.




Designer & TV Presenter   |   TARA DENNIS

Tara is one of television’s most recognised faces and has been presenting decorating, style and craft segments continuously for over fifteen years.

Beginning at Channel Nine on shows such as Our House, Changing Rooms, Burkes Backyard, DIY Rescue and Renovation Rescue, Tara is now completing her seventh year at Channel Seven as part of the team on the well loved TV show Better Homes & Gardens.

In conjunction with her TV commitments, Tara runs a busy design studio and, along with her team and has just launched her second homewares collection. Tara hand paints and prints original designs and these are reproduced on to beautiful, practical items for around the home. Her ranges can be found at David Jones stores nationally as well as independent retailers.

Tara has published a book called Home where she shares her styling secrets and tips on colour and decorating and is currently working on a new title which incorporates her love of all things handmade.

Tara’s website taradennis.com continues to grow in size and popularity and is packed full of decorating and craft ideas as well as styling advice. Currently the face of 3M Command and Scotch Blue tape, Tara has worked with many well-known companies including: Samsung, Plush Sofas, Bunnings Warehouse, Blum Australia, Clipsal Australia, Dulux and Selleys.





Creator of Innovation Pitchfest, Nancy has over 25 years experience in retail management and manufacturing. Meeting Tchibo's Bastian Grafe at Reed Gift Fairs planted the seed to work with the industry's experts to support Australian exhibitors, designers and inventors.

“As a proud Australian and a former wholesaler and manufacturer, I am so excited to be creating this unique opportunity with two great organisations and their fabulous teams!! I have been looking for manufacturing solutions for Australian businesses, of every size, for many years and I believe that Tchibo will give Australian creatives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch their product to the world! The PitchFest seems a logical initiative to put together after spending time with Tchibo and knowing the objectives to think outside the square at Reed. No matter how innovative and strategic we are in Australia, our market and population is limited, we need international markets to ensure local success and longevity. I have enjoyed working with Sally and Katherine and their Reed Exhibitions’ team on innovations at Gift Fair and look forward to supporting businesses wherever this road will take us!”

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MARKETING MANAGER   |   HKTDC, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Toni has an extensive career in international business and marketing, spanning over 12 years. As a Marketing Manager at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Toni has developed unique market entry strategies to guide Australian and New Zealand Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to success in the Hong Kong and China markets.

Toni works with designers, retailers and manufacturers in the fashion and homeware industry in Australia, Hong Kong and China.  Her detailed experience and knowledge give her insight and skill to guide designers and manufacturers to commercial success.

Toni holds a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), majoring in International Marketing and Business from The University of Newcastle.


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Retailer, Creative Director, Social Media Expert  |  LITTLE PAPER LANE

Jayde is owner and Creative Director of Little Paper Lane;  a stationery and gift boutique as well as full graphic design studio in Sydney. Jayde has built a reputation as a standout blogger on social media sharing her family, work, humour and all things community – all which has landed her a spot in the top 3 voices of 2015 parenting and style category for Kidspot.
Jayde’s expertise are all things social media. Her love for business & community mean she looks forward to working with you across all our social media platforms.


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