INNOVATION FIRST: QGC operations manager Nagaraj Ramaraj with Business Navigator Western Downs lead coach Neil Daly.
INNOVATION FIRST: QGC operations manager Nagaraj Ramaraj with Business Navigator Western Downs lead coach Neil Daly. Contributed

Big ideas pay off

DO you have a big idea to transform a business?

Applications for the 2018 Business Navigator Pitch Challenge are now open and business owners and entrepreneurs are urged to submit their ideas.

The challenge is part of the Navigator Western Downs program, funded by Shell QGC.

Participants have an opportunity to showcase their business ideas and gain the support they need to turn them into reality.

All semi-finalists and finalists will have an opportunity to take part in online pitch training and will receive exclusive resources and one-on-one coaching to make their pitches even stronger.

Winners from each category will receive a cash prize up to $10,000.

Shell QGC operations manager Nagaraj Ramaraj said the Navigator program would enable many regional businesses to expand and grow.

"Through the Business Navigators Program, we want to provide local businesses with more opportunities to connect and grow their ideas, to remain sustainable well into the future," Mr Ramaraj said.

"This will support a thriving regional economy, making businesses more viable and creating jobs for local people."

The categorise for the challenge are:

 

Best New Business Idea - for entrepreneurs with a new business idea or have been operating for less than one year

 

Best Growth Idea - for an existing business looking to expand through innovation

 

Best Young Entrepreneur - an innovative business at any stage owned by individual(s) aged 18-24 years.

Applications close on Friday, October 12, at www.navigatorwesterndowns.com.au.


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