HUNTER entrepreneur Cheryl Pollock has taken out best pitch at The Business Centre's final pitch event of the year.
Startups taking part in the Centre's accelerator program pitched to a full house including investors and local innovators on Thursday at Newcastle Museum.
Ms Pollock is the founder of ChezLeon Passive Massage Wear - a wearable massage garment to deal with the debilitating side effects of lymphodema in cancer survivors. The judges - Elisa James (Plan Tracker), Colin Law (ANZ) and Kim Collings (Jacobs) - said her patented design will positively impact people globally and be of most benefit to the world.
The Centre's CEO Steve Wait said the Start House program was bolstering some of the region's most promising startups.
"Cheryl is a perfect example why programs like Start House exist. The road to launching an innovative idea is not straight and it may find you back at the drawing board to see global success," he said.
"ChezLeon, since its involvement with the Hunter's Innovation community has brokered opportunities with Cicada Innovations, McGrath Foundation and several industry partners that are assisting her to market success."