PITCH­ING A CLEVER IDEA

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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