“Don’t think of pitching.  Think of offering.  The offer is better than a pitch.” Sonia Simone

In front of a live audience, businesses and social organisations have six minutes to pitch to a panel of community and business leaders.

Our 2019 Pitch Night is on Wednesday 23 October.
From 5.30pm, L Block, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology



Pitch Night is about sharing an amazing idea for a start-up (business or non-profit enterprise) or established business that has big plans to achieve serious growth.

Why is the ability to pitch well so important? As any successful business or community leader knows, it’s critical to be able to motivate and inspire people – whether that be employees, clients or investors. This means being able to present a compelling vision of the future and engage your audience’s emotions. You are pitching every day!

Each team will have just eight minutes to woo our business experts and five minutes Q&A to show off your brilliant idea or organisation.


Organisations must apply to pitch and only SIX organisations will be accepted to pitch on the night. The first six organisations that are approved and pay the entry fee will fill the spots.

Entry costs are:

  • Activate/Incubate Participants/Graduates  – $89 + GST
  • Standard Registration  – $129 + GST


There is no set format or rules for pitching. The objective is to practice and improve your pitch in a relaxed and fun environment. Your only limit is your imagination.

Pitches are scored over six criteria:

  • EPIC Factor
  • Solution / Unique Selling Proposition
  • Business Model
  • Marketability / Market Validation
  • Strength and relevance of team expertise
  • Overall clarity and next steps.


We want to make sure all pitches on the night are well prepared and make it difficult for the Judges to choose the winners of the $10,000 prize pool of business support services.

The Pitch Clinic is on Wednesday 16th October from 12.30-2.00pm.


There is $10,000 of business support services to be shared between the Winner, Runner-up and People’s Choice.

Prizes include a range of business support services including business training, coworking, business coaching, marketing advice and more.


Audience attendance is free and  we  encourage  the  business  community  to  come along  and  help  pick  the  crowd  favourite.  Spaces  are  limited,  RSVP  early to avoid disappointment.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE 12pm on Friday 27 September 2019.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” Albert Einstein

The 2019 Pitch Night is on Wednesday 23rd October from 5.30pm.

Places to pitch are limited so apply early and complete the application form below to secure your spot.

If your application is accepted the cost to pitch is:

  • Incubate Participants/Graduates  – $89 + GST
  • Standard Registration  – $129 + GST

An invoice will be emailed when your application is accepted.  Full payment must be received to confirm your place on Pitch Night. All participants must attend a Rotorua X Pitch Clinic.

See Terms & Conditions here

2019 Pitch Night Terms & Conditions

Here are the terms and conditions (“Terms”) for the Rotorua X 2019 Pitch Night (“Event”).

They’re here to protect you as an applicant, other applicants and the organisers behind the event. By submitting an Entry, you agree to be bound by these Terms.

  1. Applications to pitch must be received via the Rotorua X website no later than 5:00pm on Friday 27 September 2019.
  2. The Event is limited to up six (6) fully paid acceptable pitches.
  3. The Promoters of this Event are Rotorua X Charitable Trust.
  4. Acceptance of the pitch applications is the sole decision of the Promoters. The Promoters decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Acceptance of applications will be provided by email by the Promoters and an invoice will be provided for the Pitch Fee. The pitch fee must be paid in full within seven (7) days, otherwise, pitch acceptance is withdrawn.
  6. Rotorua X has partnered with Firestation to provide workshops for all Pitch Night participants. Accepted applicants must attend one Firestation Pitch Clinic to be eligible to pitch at the Event.
  7. No refunds of the Pitch fee will be granted under any circumstances.
  8. By considering Entries from Applicants to the Event, neither the Promoters nor any of their related companies are implying endorsement of any Applicant, Applicant’s business, or Applicant’s products or services.
  9. Each Applicant agrees to allow its name, company name, entry, photo, image and logo to be used and for its participation in the Event to be recorded without payment, if required by the Promoters, for use by the Promoters for advertising and publicity purposes from time to time including, but not limited to, in relation to the Event and any future Events.
  10. All expenses of an Applicant’s participation in the Event, unless specifically stated in these Terms, are the sole responsibility of the Applicant.
  11. The Promoters reserve the right to cancel, amend or withdraw the Event or these Terms at any time and will endeavour to give advance notice of any such change or withdrawal.
  12. Under no circumstances will the Promoters, or their related companies, be liable for any losses, damages, costs, or expenses arising from or in any way connected with the Event (including any discontinuance of the Event, or in accepting any part of the prize package) or relating to the Applicant’s business, product or services, except for liability to the extent that cannot be excluded by law. Nothing in these Terms excludes or restricts any Promoters responsibility for death or personal injury caused by that Promoter’s negligence.
  13. Applicants agree to make further information available in accordance with the Promoters’ requests and reasonable due diligence requirements.

The 2019 Pitch Night is on Wednesday 23rd October from 5.30pm.
L Block, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

RSVP to secure you place in the audience and come listen to the entrepreneurs in our region.

To pay for your 2019 Pitch Night registration you have the following payment options:

  • Pay invoice with online banking
  • Use the online payment form below (processing fee applies)

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