Pitch Night: EdTech

Across the world, educational institutions are under pressure to keep classrooms up to date with technology and keep curriculums relevant to the demands of today’s jobs. Fortunately, Victorian startups are in a prime place to develop technologies to transform how people learn, especially considering the number of renowned schools and universities located right here in Victoria’s capital.

Our focus on EdTech in April will profile and showcase both leaders and up-and-coming startups that are revolutionising and empowering the EdTech industry.

What is EdTech?

Education technology is a wide field. Education technology focuses on study and ethical practices; it improves education in a systematic way. Education technology sometimes known as instructional technology or learning technology.

The Pitch Night:

Startup Victoria are proud to partner with LaunchVic to showcase 4 startups working within the EdTech sector, as they pitch to a panel of hand-picked, expert judges as well as our usual community of founders, startups, investors and more. They will also be pitching to win the Startup Victoria Prize Package below.


28 March – Applications open

16 April – Applications close

17 April – Shortlisted applicants announced

18 April – Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)

23 April – Top 4 Finalists announced

30 April – Pitch Night

To apply:

Please fill out this form by Wednesday 16 April.


Maddie Scott-Jones, Education Changemakers

Maddie is the Director of Programs at Education Changemakers and brings an exemplary teaching career to her work with the global EC tribe. An alumna of the Changemaker Program, her change initiatives focused on helping children to embrace failure and increasing entrepreneurial resilience. Drawing on experience as a STEM teacher and school leader in Catholic Secondary Schools, she has a particular focus on gifted and talented students, as well as student leadership and entrepreneurship programs. Maddie holds three Masters degrees with distinction in education from the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University and sits on a number of education boards, including Casurina Street Primary School’s board in Katherine, NT. Maddie is a lead facilitator at Education Changemakers and in her role as Director of Programs leads our work with school leaders in the Northern Territory and Romania, with entrepreneurial teachers in New Zealand and with teams of teachers across Australia who are designing future focused learning experiences for their students.

Amanda Miller, Impact Generation Partners

Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises and invests in enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is passionate about and committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Monash University and started her career practicing corporate law at Allens. She then moved into the philanthropic sector working with not-for-profit organisations and in philanthropic services, with intergenerational family foundations.

Amanda is Board member of Philanthropy Australia, the peak membership body for philanthropic foundations, individuals and not for profits in Australia. She Chairs Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities. Amanda is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).

Amanda strongly believes in the power of supporting and investing in women and girls. Amanda is proud to have advised and invested in a number of for purpose businesses founded or co-founded by women. Amanda loves supporting entrepreneurs and is proud to be a mentor in the Startmate tech accelerator program.

Mark Woodland, Xplor

Mark Woodland joined his mother in her new childcare business after he left the army in 2010, devising an idea for an app-based sign-in for children enrolled at childcare centres. He developed Woodland Education’s three childcare centres to a $22 million business servicing 850 families. In January 2016, he sold Woodland Education to focus on Xplor. Xplor is one of the first apps to integrate iBeacon technology, which allows parents to automatically sign their children in and out of a childcare centre through bluetooth-enabled smart phones. Xplor is also the only end-to-end management system in the education space. The business services around 200,000 users in the childcare sector and has recently been implemented in some of Australia’s top private schools as part of a beta programme. Xplor has 300 schools waiting to use their software.

Laxmi Pun, Melbourne Accelerator Program

Laxmi is the Accelerator Manager at the Melbourne Accelerator Program and works closely with our startup, mentor and investor communities to drive startup success. Laxmi is also passionate about empowering diverse communities through entrepreneurship. Her career spans from being a founder, program designer, and investment consultant through her roles at Startupbootcamp, The Talent Institute Australia, and Villgro India

Prize Package:

  • Austrade: Participation in the Landing Pads program at a location of your choice (Singapore, Berlin, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Shanghai)
  • AWS: $5,000 AWS Credit to the winner and $1,000 AWS Credit to finalists
  • Crazy Domains: 1 x hour consultation with a web expert and free comprehensive website health check, valued at $279
  • Coglan Duffy & Co: 1 x hour of free legal advice
  • Connect Labs: $4000 worth sales and marketing technology audit for your startup to get found, get leads and get customers
  • General Assembly: $1000 credit for classes & workshops, valid for 1 year.
  • Law Squared: $2500 credit to use the Cubed by Law Squared platform
  • Northraine: 10 hours x machine learning training and consultation
  • Prime Financial: 4hours x consultation for winner and 2hours x consultation for finalists
  • SendGrid: $5,000 credit to winner and $3,000 credit to finalists
  • Stripe: $50,000 of volume waived of Stripe fees
  • SquarePeg Capital: 30mins x consultation with the team

Major Partners:

LaunchVic is leading the development of a globally-connected startup ecosystem.

With the help of startup founders, entrepreneurs and investors, corporates and universities, we aim to build a startup ecosystem that can strengthen the economy, encourage more people to work with and for startups, and represent all Victorians.

Our focus lies in the areas of funding, community building and global recognition for the Victorian startup ecosystem.

Official Event Staffing Provider:

Weploy is creating an empowered and fearless workforce and building the world’s best community of on-demand short-term office support staff.

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All attendees to Startup Victoria’s event must comply to our Startup Victoria Events Code of Conduct.