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RiverPitch reboots for successful 2021 event

Brisbane’s premier pitch session sees investors and startups gather.

29 November, 2021

RiverPitch 2021 took place last Thursday, November 25 with ten startup founders putting aside their Zoom pitches to present their innovative technology startups to over 150 attendees and investors at the event hosted by Brisbane’s River City Labs.

Having been postponed due to Covid restrictions last year, this year’s flagship event showcased the best of Queensland’s startup community to 70 of Australia’s leading investors who attended in person and online.

“RiverPitch aims to connect the Tech innovation ecosystem and support stellar start-ups and investors to connect – in person and online,’ said River City Lab’s General Manager, Pauline Fetaui. “We are thrilled to be back.”

One of the successes for the night was Maxwell Plus, which saw entrepreneur and River City Labs founder, Steve Baxter of Ten13 committing $500k to the early prostate cancer detection service.

“I regard nights like RiverPitch as opportunities to network with investors – the start-ups should be optimising for a meeting with an investor,” said Baxter. “It is performative but it's also a foot in the door.”

Alisha Geary, whose digital assistant Doris helps artists secure their intellectual property and monetise their practice, came to RiverPitch by way of the Mindaroo Foundation GenOne Program.

“River City Labs dove deep into my business, helped me work out how much capital I need, what valuation could be and how to make forward projections.” Alisha said. “Pauline was a huge help, and no program has done that for me before – it’s quite deep.”

The event, held at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley, was sponsored by BDO, ShareSource, AWS and Cake. River City Labs would also like to thank head coach Peter Laurie from Junta, Waveney for the beautiful Acknowledgement of Country and the amazing RCL team for making it a success!


Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About RiverPitch

RiverPitch is an investment series run by ACS Labs (River City Labs, Harbour City Labs, Bay City Labs) that provides a great platform for Entrepreneurs to present their business opportunities to a group of registered investors in order to help raise capital for their company. RiverPitch aims to provide a different approach to capital funding and de-formalise the search for the next investment.

About River City Labs

River City Labs fosters the growth of startup companies wanting to solve big problems. We provide resources to empower, support and connect entrepreneurs. Central to everything we do is a focus on collaboration and connection.

Since 2012 over 700 entrepreneurs have called RCL home. Through our events program we have welcomed more than 29,000 guests into our community by hosting over 1000 events aimed at supporting founders on their entrepreneurship journey.

River City Labs powers a range of programs, events and engagement opportunities, enabling our corporate partners to innovate differently and embed their teams within the start-up community.

About ACS

ACS is the professional association for Australia's technology sector. More than 45,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives technology professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on technology and related matters. Visit for more information.