Startups and key investors to unite at RiverPitch 2015

Startups and key investors to unite at RiverPitch 2015

Media Release:

Startups and key investors to unite at RiverPitch 2015

  • Applications open for startups to join RiverPitch October 2015
  • Call for investment-ready Australian startups to apply

Australia, 11 September, 2015: Startup hub and co-working community, River City Labs, today announced that applications are now open to be part of Queensland’s most high profile startup investment event, RiverPitch. Seven investment-ready startups from all over Australia have until Friday 25 September to apply at and potentially receive the opportunity to pitch to a room full of early-stage investors.

Sponsored by Morgans, the bi-yearly event is transforming how investment meet-ups are conducted in Brisbane, bringing together Queensland’s venture capital community and Australia’s most promising tech startups in an informal, social setting.

General Manager of River City Labs, Peta Ellis, commented: “Our main goal in hosting an event like RiverPitch is to help facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between leading investors and Australia’s up and coming tech startups. We feel confident that the way we reformatted the event in June, to make it an informal, networking occasion, was a positive move for this facilitation process, so we eagerly await the sort of business discussions that are sure to come out of October’s RiverPitch.”

Steve Baxter, RiverPitch startup investor and founder of River City Labs, added: “I was rather blown away by the sophistication of the pitches at June’s event. It was great experience and exposure for the seven startups and from an investor point of view RiverPitch certainly makes our lives easier as we are introduced to pre-screened, guaranteed quality startups.”

Alumni from previous RiverPitch events include Outbound, a social network for travellers, Obzervr, a mobile environmental monitoring tool for the mining and resources sector and StreetEats, a street food ordering and payment app.

Ryan Hanly, Outbound Co-founder, commented: “RiverPitch was an unbelievable event for Outbound. In one afternoon, it gave us access to more local investors than we could have hoped to access in six months, and they were all in the same room. To be given that exposure is an unbelievable leg-up for any business.

“The experience of pitching in front of 70 odd investors was also incredible on a personal level and the networks we made immediately after the event were substantial to say the least. We had a number of follow up meetings and months later we are still being contacted by investors that saw us at the event. Riverpitch is something I would recommend to anyone in the startup scene!”

Investors looking for new ventures to invest in are encouraged to visit:

Investment-ready startups looking for funding between $50,000 and $500,000 can pitch a 90 second idea submission to:

RiverPitch key dates:

Applications CLOSE: Friday, 25 September 2015 @5PM

Top 10 pitches ANNOUNCED: Friday, 2 October 2015

Top 10 Live Pitch at River City Labs: Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Riverpitch: Wednesday, 21 October 2015

To view highlights from June’s RiverPitch head to:

– Ends –


Media Contacts

Laura Blue, Launch Group

E:| M: + 61 416 699 925| T: +612 9492 1000.



About River City Labs

River City Labs is Brisbane’s premier co-working community and central clubhouse for tech startups. They are a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fostering Queensland’s startup ecosystem.

Current membership sits at over 100 members ranging from early stage startups and founders to established startups and entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital in the last 18 months.

River City Labs focuses on providing the right environment for entrepreneurs to make valuable contacts while learning from peers, mentors and industry experts helping them to connect, work and grow.

About RiverPitch

RiverPitch is a bi-yearly event that brings together pre-screened investors and pre-screened entrepreneurs in a social environment where developed ideas can be pitched. This invite only event brings together investment-ready ideas (and teams) with actual investors in order to help get the ideas funded. RiverPitch is supported by a community of investors formed to help the early stage and startup sector access funding. RiverPitch aims to provide a different approach to capital funding and de-formalise the search for the next investment.