Innovation Pitchfest Sponsors 2016

Our partners are not just business, they are businesses committed to supporting Australian talent and are all important tools to any business' growth and success.  Without them Innovation Pitchfest would not be the event it is.

They have the tools and know how to help creatives be commercial.


(l to r) Lauren Atkinson - Intuit Quickbooks, Sally De Swart - Reed Exhibitions, Tara Dennis, Nancy Georges, Cristian Costoiu - Tchibo, Katherine Schmitt - Reed Exhibitions, Jayde Leeder - Little Paper Lane, Toni Wade - HKTDC


ip-aug-16-sponsor-welcome-nancyInnovation Pitchfest is the brainchild of Nancy Georges, The Retail Miss Fix-It, who has more than 25 years experience providing retail marketing solutions to small businesses and start-ups around Australia and Asia.

Nancy works with retailers, brands, manufacturers, wholesalers and importers to educate, inform and support them in the 'new world' of retail; integrating online and offline activity, customer service training and developing a marketing strategy amongst others.  draft NANCY G logo B&W 2Speaker at industry events, seminars, expos and conferences with the focus on Retail, Selling, Customer Service, Websites, E-Commerce and Social Media.

She wrote "7 Powerful Ways to Boost Retail Profits" to help retailers identify the important elements in any retail business.   Click here to view website.

‘Innovation PitchFest is an exciting initiative to help support Australian businesses and expose them to the international marketplace. No matter how innovative and strategic we are in Australia, our market and population remains limited. International markets exposure ensures local success and longevity.”

ip-aug-16-sponsor-welcome-tchibo_6For more than 60 years, Tchibo has been on a quest for the special things that make life more beautiful and enjoyable. Tchhibo strive to offer their customers top quality at fair prices - from exquisite coffee to innovative Non Food items through to travel and mobile phone offers.

High quality and innovation are priorities in our product selection and development. Baby clothes made from organic cotton, functional furnittchibo logoure, modern tableware: Tchibo’s range of consumer goods is wide and diverse.

Tchibo's 1 000+ stores and 15 000 + kiosks as well as a comprehensive product manufacturing in Europe and Asia make Tchibo the perfect international sponsor for Innovation Pitchfest.

Click here to view website.

ip-aug-16-sponsor-welcome-hktdc_4The HKTDC’s mission is to create opportunities for Hong Kong companies. We focus on delivering value by promoting trade in goods and services, while connecting the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through Hong Kong’s business platform.

In striving to be the best trade promotion organisation in the world, the HKTDC is committed to:

  • developing and expanding new frontiers by exploring, learning and innovating
  • creating and delivering value to our customers
  • building on Hong Kong’s economic success through global business
  • maintaining trust, respect and openness in all our relationships

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Each year, the HKTDC organises a broad spectrum of more than 340 promotion activities, 560 networking and outreach events, and receives 650 foreign trade missions, helping Hong Kong's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) connect with business clients and partners around the world.


Click here to view HKTDC website.

ip-aug-16-sponsor-welcome-intuit_5QuickBooks is the Number 1 in cloud accounting & 1.5m+ online customers & Fortune's Top 10 Companies to Work For.

Intuit products, including our flagship offering in Australia, QuickBooks Online, are built for small and startup businesses, a world we know well, being a startup ourselves. In fact, they're known globally as a 30 year old startup.

Many of their staff have owned small businesses (or do still), and it gives them a stake in learning as much from the customer as they offer in return.

QBOLOGO1Instead of just lip service about customer focus, the Aussie team joins their customers on the front lines and shares the challenges and breakthroughs of startup and small business culture. This lets them take what they learn into the business to apply it where it matters – the products – and makes Intuit's culture of innovation and experimentation unparalleled in the sector.

It also means they're constantly changing and evolving to keep up with the breakneck demands their customers face every day.

Click here to view the Intuit website.

ip-aug-16-sponsor-welcome-reed_2Reed Exhibitions create high profile, highly targeted business and consumer exhibitions to establish and maintain business relations, and generate new business.  Reed Exhibitions Australia run over 35 events each year. Events are staged in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia and cover a broad range of industry sectors.

reed-exhibitions-240x70Globally, Reed Exhibitions run over 400 events in 36 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific; bringing together over six million industry active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Click here to view website.

REED GIFT FAIRS_1_MONOReed Gift Fairs is Australia’s premier trading platform for buyers and sellers in the gift and homewares industry. Held four times a year, these unique events are where buyers come to be inspired, network with industry leaders and source and purchase the latest products.  Click here to view website.

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Be Inspired. Be Instyle.

Life Instyle is Australia's only boutique trade event showcasing emerging trends, brands and products that are on the cooler side of style and design. With a strong commitment to creativity and originality, our events provide a definitive platform and inspiration filled sourcing experience for design-focused buyers who are searching for the curated, edited and local designs of today.  Click here to view website.

pressloft_logo is a PR platform that specialises in connecting brands in the Home & Gift sector with journalists and bloggers.  The site securely group together high res product images, product info and press releases from companies onto one platform for journalists to access and download for their print or online articles.

PR contacts simply receive a notification anytime an image is downloaded, with info detailing when and where the product will be featured. Clients can receive call outs, letting them know what journalists are working on, and they can also distribute press releases to their journalist database, to further promote their ranges.

As these tools provide a one-stop, online press office for journalists, it’s an indispensable resource for their articles and companies involved receive huge volumes of press coverage. It’s the simple, streamlined way to connect with journalists and build your profile in the media”

 Click here to view Press Loft Website.

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As the world has become smaller and smaller, the retail landscape has changed. Businesses today must not only compete with the international giants on domestic soil, but also embrace a variety of opportunities offshore. It’s a new playing field. A new set of opportunities. We call it New Retail.

NORA aims to provide the community with a catalyst for collaboration, conversation and growth. And we welcome anyone who shares the New Retail view to join us. By sharing a commitment to Australia’s retail future, NORA members will gain valuable networking opportunities and insights through our signature activities and events, guidance from the NORA Talent Network, and access to robust content through our members’ portal. It’s innovative, informative and inspirational.


Click here to visit the NORA website.

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Australian Giftguide is the oldest, best read and most established gift and homewares trade publication and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. We are the information hub for the gifts and homewares industry for all the latest news, products, events and trends. Australian Giftguide is read by buyers from small independents to retail chains and department stores.

Click here to view the Australian Giftguide website.