John Hyslop

John Hyslop was presented a giant cheque for $5,000.

Sandy Bay resident John Hyslop has taken out first place for his innovative business idea, Deviant Distillery, after pitching against four other Tasmanian finalists at the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest state final in Launceston.

An innovative new technology that produces a product identical to a 10-year-old whiskey in just 10 weeks, Mr Hyslop was awarded the $5,000 first prize, and the opportunity to represent Tasmania in August at the national final gala event in Wagga Wagga.

“This has been such an incredible opportunity to make great new contacts, gain practical experience and build momentum to keep my business moving forward,” Mr Hyslop said.

Launceston’s Bronwyn Kidd, with her business Sustomi, an innovative resuable storage solution using Beeswax, finished second and was voted as the winner of the Community Choice Award.

Rebecca Burrows, Australia Post’s General Manager Small Business, said the calibre of entries was exceptional and great examples of how regional entrepreneurs are making the most of eCommerce opportunities.

“All five business pitches were innovative, forward-thinking and demonstrated commercial potential to meet a real need in their respective markets,” said Ms Burrows.

“John’s pitch was inspired and a wonderful reflection of what people from regional areas can accomplish when given the opportunity. I think we’ve attracted some outstanding examples of regional innovation, and I can’t wait to see all of our winners pitch their ideas at the national final in August.”