PITCHING A CLEVER IDEA
AFTER years of tinkering, Australind resident Tim Hayes is ready to unveil his new food dehydration machine at the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest competition in July.
Pitchfest will see five WA entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to an audience and panel on stage in Bunbury on July 21, for $100,000 of prizes.
WA winners will then go into a national final in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, on August 18 and pitch against similar winners from across Australia.
Mr Hayes will be pitching his company, called ‘The Box’, and his design for a more efficient food dehydrator.
“I was trying to think outside of the box and then I built a box,” he said.
This is an idea Mr Hayes has been working on for a number of years, gradually changing and improving the design which includes rotating trays for even cooking.
“I went looking for something I couldn’t find so I thought ‘stuff it, I might as well invent it’,” he said.
“The worst part is with the normal ones… you have to shuffle the trays otherwise it doesn’t dry evenly.”
In addition to the rotating plates evenly dehydrating the food, the interchanging parts means easier cleaning.
Mr Hayes said what he really wanted from the competition was to hear what other people thought about his idea.
“I just want to see what people think of it, if it’s worth going forward,” he said.
“All I need is one fifth of the audience to say, ‘I think it’s a good idea’.”
Jack, 13, and Regan, 10, will be helping their father Tim Hayes pitch his food dehydrator design at the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest competition in July.