Croc Pitch 2022 Supporting Local Tourism Startup ‘VIP NT’ With StartNT Scholarship

VIP NT Croc Winner

Three Darwin locals, Rowan Sutton, Jye Reid and Kelton Reid pitched their startup, VIP NT, to the expert panel members at the Croc Pitch 2022 Finals and won the StartNT Scholarship.

Hosted by the Darwin Innovation Hub on the 26th of October as part of the Spark Festival and October Business Month’s Innovation week, Croc Pitch 2022 continues to be an event not-to-be missed by entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and investors. With up to $1 million in Venture Capital investment on the line, the DIH opened its doors (and screens) to competitors from Australia and the world. The criteria simple… the winning pitch must have an economic benefit for the Northern Territory.

This year’s Croc Pitch competition was fierce with eight incredible high-quality pitches selected from the seventeen semi-finalists at Croc Camp. It was so tough that the panel ended up awarding two winners for investment and one StartNT scholarship! These prizes were added to the list during the judges deliberations to support startups where we can – you don’t have to be a winner to get results from Croc Pitch!

The three founders and CEOs hopes for this endeavour were to receive feedback from the experts, mentorship and growth that will help them develop their individual skills.

Their humble approach in understanding themselves as a business, where their weaknesses lie, where they really need support from, and their investment into the Northern Territory have earned them a StartNT Scholarship valued at $15,000.

StartNT is DIH a program for early stage startups that provides a ‘life-cycle’ commercialisation pathway for companies looking to scale and become “investment ready” in the NT. Rowan, Jye and Kelton will have access to expert advice to begin their commercialisation journey as well as leveraging and developing each of their skills.

“Thanks so much everyone, this is amazing for us. We’re really happy with [the prize], it’s exactly what we need.” – Jye Reid

“Thanks so much for the opportunity, [Croc Pitch] has been an experience for all of us. We really appreciate it” – Rowan Sutton

VIP NT Croc Winner

VIP NT, founded upon the idea of locals helping locals, is the one-stop site for all the Top End experience. Their company acts as an agent to offer first rate adventures all within the simplicity of one website taking you on an adventure worthy of five stars. The company showcases what the best of the NT has to offer in an authentic way.

They specialise in custom bookings – tailoring to their client’s time and interests to create the perfect NT experience. VIP NT also offers packages ranging from thrill seeking adventure, high end tours, private fishing, nature activities or just to relax and unwind in the NT with miraculous views! These packages can even be adjusted to suit their clients needs.

“VIP NT is a collaboration of the best.”

“VIP NT aims to create a network of experiences that will expose the Territory’s authentic colours. Promoting all the local businesses that we have involved and the tourism infrastructure. Recreating how the Northern Territory is seen. With some extra support, we believe we can transform the way tourism is done in the Territory entirely.”

Croc Pitch 2022 was an exciting showcase of the best innovations and business ideas for the Territory. If you think you could be the next Croc Pitch winner, follow the Darwin Innovation Hub for more on Croc Pitch 2023 scheduled to take place in Darwin as part of the Developing Northern Australia conference in July of 2023.

Learn more about the Croc Pitch 2022 winners here.