Business pitches full of innovation and inspiration marked the recent graduation night for the nine participants of DWC’s Co.Starters programme.

Delivered in Westport by BullerREAP and EPIC Westport, Co.Starters is a nine-week programme that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

DWC trustee Brent Oldham, who has been to all six graduations in Westport, was impressed with the innovative business ideas on display.

“Every time I think we’ve emptied the barrel and exhausted the number of local business ideas, yet each time I keep getting surprised with the number of participants and the quality of business ideas coming through Co.Starters,” he said.

The most recent participants represented a wide range of start-up and developing businesses throughout the Buller district, including an artist, professional supervision services, graphic design, a self-publishing author, bitcoin mining, wedding planning and erosion protection solutions.

Toni O’Keefe took home the ‘best pitch’ award for her presentation on Westlock Concrete Solutions Ltd. Toni, along with her three other business partners, have all been directly affected by coastal erosion, and have developed a unique, interlocking concrete block solution that can be poured on site.

This innovative, locally developed solution to a major issue has a lot of potential, and was reflective of the inspiring ideas on display during the graduation night.

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