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Keys to Success

Is there a formula to success? Catapult have found the “Keys”. Come and get yours. For one day only, come prepared  and unlock your Keys to Success! In the past year, Catapult has analysed over 1,000 companies. Through this analysis, they have learnt so much about what makes a business great and not so great. Catapult have added these findings to a successful workshop series Keys to Success, creating a half-day event in partnership with Westpac, which is jam-packed with goodies. Join us and unlock your Keys to Success. Register today.

Impact Pitch Night 2019

This September Startup Victoria will be partnering with Giant Leap to find impact startups who fuse profit with purpose. We're looking for founders to pitch on the night who are using high growth business as a force for good. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love you to get in touch. We also invite anyone and everyone to come attend! It's free!

Startmate Pitch Coaching + The VC Mindset

Thanks to the support of LaunchVic and One Roof, Startmate are hosting Pitch Coaching + The VC Mindset Workshops to help founders hone their pitch. The workshops are free and sell out fast! The workshops are hosted by Startmate's Head of Operation Michael Batko, who runs the Startmate Accelerator and has previously scaled two Australian marketplaces - MadPaws and Expert360 This is an awesome opportunity to learn from Australia's leading accelerator program on how to craft the best possible story for your startup. The pitch coaching workshops cover: • What is an investor pitch? • What is the ideal format and length? • How to structure a one-liner. • What are the key elements of the pitch - problem, solution, team, timing, traction and ask. • Best practices for deck design and flow. • Common mistakes and how to avoid them. • What not to include in the pitch! • Example slides from successful pitch decks. • Live review of founder decks for immediate feedback. The workshops held to date have had exceptional feedback with founders rating them 9.1/10 on average. Places are limited and have been oversubscribed in the past. See you there!

SPARK Deakin Accelerator Demo Day

Take the pulse on Melbourne’s emerging startups from Deakin University at Demo Day. You will learn, be inspired, and make powerful connections. You’ll be in great company, joining an audience of curious thinkers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and potentially your next big collab. Use the promo code 'SPARK-STARTUPS' for a complimentary ticket. Demo Day showcases and celebrates SPARK Deakin startups’ achievements from the 3-month program. Hear the teams pitch their startups, share their vision and progress. Each year, our accelerator invests $100,000 in 10 teams who are changing the game (each team receiving $10,000 of equity-free funding). Over 3 months, we give the teams hands on support, expert mentoring, tools, connections to help them thrive.

  • Thu 5 Sep, 06:00pm
  • TBD
  • SPARK Deakin, Deakin University

In The Gold Fish Bowl

Join us for 'In the Gold Fish Bowl' and gain insight into what works when presenting, and what doesn't. Meet and chat with investors (hint... they're not all on the panel!). Get inspired by fellow entrepreneurs. Come along, join the audience and soak it all in. We have an exciting line-up of panelists: Brendan Kelly - Investor & Professional Mentor Michael Aung - Entrepreneur & Investor Steven Fitzjohn - Experienced founder, Investor Duncan Jones - Group Manager at Melbourne Angels It's a one-night-only opportunity to lift your game and take the next step up. And there are only a few days left to grab your ticket. Book here today: https://goldfish-aug19.eventbrite.com.au And remember to use the code STARTUPVIC for 50% off.

Decoding Dementia 2019

Do you have a tech idea , concept or start-up that addresses dementia? With support and funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, Deloitte are working with Dementia Australia to run two innovation events (one in Sydney, one in Melbourne). The purpose of the events is to identify and support innovative technological products and concepts that can make an impact for those living with dementia, their families and carers. Successful applicants will participate in a structured mentoring program in the lead up to the events, culminating in the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the events. Up to four ideas will be chosen for development, and offered a share of up to $200,000 of in-kind support for further development, testing and/or commercialisation of the idea. If you have any questions, please contact Andie Wittenoom - awittenoom@deloitte.com.au

  • Mon 19 Aug, NA
  • Sydney & Melbourne
  • Deloitte Australia, Dementia Australia & Department of Health

Australia's Got Fresh Talent

We're inviting you to experience first ever Pitch Night for job-seekers - like Shark Tank for Talent. Experience exceptional, brilliant and talented migrant professionals share their professional stories and pitch their skills and strengths.

Pitch Night: Best of the Startup State

Victoria is Australia's 'startup state', and Melbourne is at the epicentre. We operate within an ecosystem that is flourishing with over 2000 startups as well as investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, and more accross a myriad of different industries. We've had success stories with Lord of the Fries, Carsales, Nura, Vinomofo, and Redbubble rising to the international stage, and now, we want to shine a light on the best startups currently working and growing within our ecosystem.

MedTech Actuator | Demo Day 2019

We would be delighted if you could join us for our 2019 Demo Day to celebrate our third cohort of impact-driven medtech startups! This is your opportunity to hear from and meet 6 promising startups, connect with key industry leaders, and network over drinks and light refreshments. Demo Day marks the end of the teams' 6-month intensive, as they prepare to embark on 9 months of market-focused, mentor-driven scale up as part of the 15-month seed to series A MedTech Actuator program.

Venture Cup - Swinburne Innovation Precinct

Venture Cup is an annual pitching competition led by Swinburne's Innovation Precinct. If you could use some funding to kick start your startup - this is the place to be! We’re giving $20,000 to a founder who delivers an outstanding pitch. Convince us your business idea is best-in-class by telling us about the market potential of your venture and how it addresses an unmet need for your target customers. Your journey through Venture Cup starts by submitting a video entry of your pitch. This will help us decide who will participate as a finalist for the Venture Cup pitch night. Finalists will receive one-on-one coaching from the Innovation Precinct team, and successful founders. To prepare you for the fierce competition, we have created a series of workshops to help you develop your winning pitch. Come along to our story telling workshop and info night/how to pitch workshop to find out how to share your startup story in a succinct and engaging way. Venture Cup is a pitch competition open to early-stage ventures that are pre-investor funded. To be eligible for the program, a founder from your team must be a current Swinburne student, staff, or alumni.

Pitch & Networking Event: In the Gold Fish Bowl

Never pitched before…. or a seasoned presenter? Whichever is your truth, we’d love see you at our Pitch & Networking Event: The Gold Fish Bowl! It’s a unique opportunity to mingle with investors, test your presentation skills and meet likeminded entrepreneurs. We know that pitching in front of a crowd is not easy, so here’s a chance to do it in front of a friendly crowd. We already have a number of pre-bookings and are taking people on a first come first serve if you’d like to present your business to the audience… we can only fit so many in! Win a one year complimentary Hot Desk Membership at CoWork Me & a 3-month mentoring program with Catapult.

  • Wed 26 Jun, 5:30pm
  • CoWork Me
  • CoWork Me, Catapult & Launch Vic

Pitch Night: HealthTech and MedTech

The health technology industry is rapidly expanding throughout Australia and the world, especially due to the rising life expectancy and ageing global population. The medical tech sector has already seen major growth due to consumer accessibility; increasing prevalence of smartphones and tablets means providers are discovering how to reach larger audiences at lower costs.

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

What is HealthTech?

HealthTech is the use of technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability to increase the development and commercialisation of medicinal products.

The Pitch Night:

Startup Victoria are proud to partner with LaunchVic to showcase 4 startups working within the HealthTech 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.

Timeline:

  • 16 May - Applications open
  • 12 June - Applications close
  • 13 June - Shortlisted applicants announced
  • 18 June - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)
  • 20 June - Top 4 Finalists announced
  • 25 June - Pitch Night

To apply:

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.

Photos and video may be taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes. Your attendance at this event is considered as implied consent for the use of these photographs for these purposes.

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

2019 (The Second) Eureka International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition

What is it? • A competition open to innovators and Startup businesses from these industry sectors: o Healthcare and Biotechnology o Advanced Manufacturing o New materials, clean energy, Additive manufacturing o IT & Digital Tech o Food & Agriculture • Submit a short business plan and pitch to a large audience and judging panel. Why enter? • Because it is China! o Australia’s biggest market, 2-way trading partner and source of international students and tourists. o It is the fastest growing market in the world in almost every industry sector. o Chinese consumers and investors regard Australian products and services very highly. • Win a guided trip to China, cash prizes and build the reputation of your startup. • Check out the amazing China market meet consumers and investors, test your business ideas and model in market. How? • Craft your short business plan and pitch – submit online – deliver your pitch – a chance to win a trip to China. • Should you be successful, you will also have the opportunity to pitch in a large competition in Jinan, China. When and where? • Pitch in Melbourne on the 23rd June 2019 • Travel to Shandong and Zhejiang Provinces in China in late July 2019

Darebin Pitch It Grand Final

Who will be the next Darebin entrepreneur to benefit the community? Earlier this year, Council called out for new and innovative scale-up business ideas that encourage our city to be more connected, healthier and bolder. Ideas around sustainability, equity, inclusion, diversity and health and wellbeing. The top 5 ideas, along with their teams, have undergone our intensive Accelerator Program where they have been busy amplifying their pitch. Don't miss your chance to watch our five Darebin teams compete for the 2019 Darebin Pitch It title and $20,000 grand prize, to help make their business idea a reality. Come and enjoy local fare, live entertainment, with drinks at bar prices and meet some of Darebin’s most innovative social entrepreneurs. Finalists include: - Andrea Drake, Mum’s on the Move - Jodie Hampson, The Sharing Tree - Ryan Tilley, Gecko Traxx - Tony Tan, Silfresh Sustainability Packaging - Wesley Loh, Helios Health Judging panel includes: - David Williamson, CEO, Melbourne Innovation Centre - Cerasela Tanasescu, Director, LaTrobe Accelerator Program - Sue Wilkinson, CEO, Darebin City Council - Basil Pappageorge, Head of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Melbourne Polytechnic - Cinnamon Evans, CEO, CERES Tickets are limited, so book now.

Pitch Night: Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is the key to success and diverse leadership yeilds better business performance. Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse country in the world, and our startups should be the same. Here in Victoria, we want to challenge the norm and lead by embracing diversity in our startups - starting from the top.

The Focus on Diversity:

Our focus on Diversity in May will profile and showcase both leaders and up-and-coming startups that are led by Women, Migrant and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander from any industries. Key criteria: - Your startup has a focus on innovative product, service, business model or delivery model - Your startup has to be founded by Women, Migrant or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - Your startup is technology enabled, or structured for scale

The Pitch Night:

Startup Victoria are proud to partner with LaunchVic to showcase 4 diverse startups, 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.

Timeline:

  • 18 April - Applications open
  • 15 May - Applications close
  • 16 May - Shortlisted applicants announced
  • 21 May - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)
  • 23 May - Top 4 Finalists announced
  • 28 May - Pitch Night

To apply:


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
  • One Roof: 1 month flexi membership worth $370
  • 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. One Roof is a B Corp certified Melbourne based co-working hub that exists to provide everything women-led businesses and startups need to succeed under one roof. Recently voted top 5 female centric co-working spaces in the world, One Roof is home to 85+ businesses and hosts on average 4 events every week. It is a stylish, bright and creative space adorned with hanging planters, murals of women's faces and colourful modernist furniture. By establishing co-working hubs, forging a supportive community and offering business support One Roof is on a mission to be the driving force that puts Australia on the map as the number one destination in the world to be a female entrepreneur. When you become a member of One Roof you join an entire community and thefriendly staff take time to know you and your business needs and ensure you have everything you need to thrive under one roof.

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.

Photos and video may be taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes. Your attendance at this event is considered as implied consent for the use of these photographs for these purposes.

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

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. Timeline: 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.


Judges

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.

Photos and video may be taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes. Your attendance at this event is considered as implied consent for the use of these photographs for these purposes.

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

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.

Timeline:

  • 28 March - Applications open
  • 16 April - Applications close
  • 17/18 April - Shortlisted applicants announced
  • 23 April - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)
  • 24 April - Top 4 Finalists announced
  • 30 April - Pitch Night

To apply:

*Judges to be announced!*

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.

Photos and video may be taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes. Your attendance at this event is considered as implied consent for the use of these photographs for these purposes.

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

Startmate Demo Day

The Startate Demo Day is a showcase of one of our most exciting cohorts of startups ever. Since January, Startmate has been supercharging 10 amazing companies working on groundbreaking technology from airborne disease tracking to vascular monitoring. Startmate is Australia's leading startup accelerator, running in both Sydney and Melbourne. Since our inception, we have invested in 96 startups. Recent success stories include: Sitemate - $1.3M AUD Seed (September 2018) Work180 - $1M AUD Seed (September 2018) Smartrmail (Sendy) - $500k ICO (August 2018) Stratejos - $600k AUD Seed (July 2018) Propeller Aero - $10M USD Series A (June 2018) Happy Inspector - $11M USD Series A (March 2018) Bugcrowd - $26M USD Series C (March 2018) QPay - $570k AUD Seed (March 2018) Honee - $1.8M AUD Seed (February 2018) Everproof - $1.5M AUD Seed (February 2018) Mentorloop - $1M AUD Seed (November 2017) Morse Micro - $4.5M AUD Series A (October 2017) Workyard - $1.3M AUD Seed (August 2017) Vero — $4M AUD Series A (June 2017) Flirtey - $16M Series A (January 2017) UpGuard - $17M Series B (August 2016) Edrolo - $2.6M Series A (May 2015) Come along, show your support for Australia’s emerging startups, get to know the Startmate family and see what it is all about. Tickets include grazing, drinks and vibe. See you there!

Startmate Pitch Coaching @Inspire9

Thanks to the support of LaunchVic and Inspire9, Startmate is hosting Pitch Coaching Workshops to help founders hone their pitch. The workshops are free and sell out fast. The workshops are hosted by Blackbird Ventures partner and Startmate EiR, Nick Crocker. Nick was previously co-founder of Sessions (acqd. by MyFitnessPal) and We Are Hunted (acqd. by Twitter) and has funded and raised funding for multiple successful ventures. This is an awesome opportunity to learn from a serial founder and investor how to craft the best possible story for your startup. The pitch coaching workshops cover: • What is an investor pitch? • What is the ideal format and length? • How to structure a one-liner. • What are the key elements of the pitch - problem, solution, team, timing, traction and ask. • Best practices for deck design and flow. • Common mistakes and how to avoid them. • What not to include in the pitch! • Example slides from successful pitch decks. • Live review of founder decks for immediate feedback. The workshops held to date have had exceptional feedback with founders rating them 9.1/10 on average. Places are limited and have been oversubscribed in the past. See you there!

Pitch at the Melbourne Founder Dinner

Applications are open for the next Melbourne Founder Dinner which will take place Tuesday, 19th February 2019. https://www.coventured.com/programs/view/142 To date, Innovation Bay has helped Australian startups raise over $35 million in funding, get expert advice and make valuable connections to supercharge growth. This is an opportunity for startup founders to get in front of a room full of investors, people who can make a difference to an early stage venture through advise, introductions, and funding to help supercharge the company's growth. Our aim with the Founder Dinner is to connect exciting entrepreneurs with the right investors, advisors and connectors, within a relaxed and open environment. We do not take a clip, we do not charge entrepreneurs, we simply promote, support and connect. To apply, complete the form and which includes a 90 second pitch video. The successful startups will be selected by our investment panel and invited to present at the dinner in Melbourne. Application close 1st February 2019. Apply here: https://www.coventured.com/programs/view/142 If you have any questions you can email events@innovationbay.com

Startmate Pitch Coaching with Nick Crocker

Thanks to the support of LaunchVic and The Commons, Startmate is hosting Pitch Coaching Workshops to help founders hone their pitch. The workshops are free and sell out fast. The workshops are hosted by Blackbird Ventures partner and Startmate EiR, Nick Crocker. Nick was previously co-founder of Sessions (acqd. by MyFitnessPal) and We Are Hunted (acqd. by Twitter) and has funded and raised funding for multiple successful ventures. This is an awesome opportunity to learn from a serial founder and investor how to craft the best possible story for your startup. The pitch coaching workshops cover: • What is an investor pitch? • What is the ideal format and length? • How to structure a one-liner. • What are the key elements of the pitch - problem, solution, team, timing, traction and ask. • Best practices for deck design and flow. • Common mistakes and how to avoid them. • What not to include in the pitch! • Example slides from successful pitch decks. • Live review of founder decks for immediate feedback. The workshops held to date have had exceptional feedback with founders rating them 9.1/10 on average. Places are limited and have been oversubscribed in the past. See you there!

Pitch Night: SpaceTech

With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, we are proud to announce our partnership with The Quantum Leap Program & OneGlobalVenture to showcase the future of SpaceTech in Victoria. Our focus on SpaceTech in February will profile and showcase both leaders and up-and-coming startups that are revolutionising and empowering the SpaceTech industry. What is SpaceTech? Space technology encompasses the provision and use of space-related technologies and services, including Space Science; Environmental monitoring and meteorology; Remote Sensing; Satellite components and sub-systems; GPS Data and Telecommunications; Big Data Analytics; Space Education; and professional services related to all of the above (legal, financial, insurance etc). The Pitch Night: Startup Victoria are proud to partner with The Quantum Leap Program and OneGlobalVenture to showcase 4 startups working within the SpaceTech 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. Timeline: - 24 January - Applications open - 11 February - Applications close - 12/13 February - Shortlisted applicants announced - 18 February - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants) - 19/20 February - Top 4 Finalists announced - 25 February - Pitch Night To apply: Please fill out this form by Monday 11 February.

Official Promotion of Australia Division, the 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition and Pitch Night

The event is aiming to promote a global innovation competition and attract talent start-ups to attend the competition. This event will introduce the competition rule and reward, also invited a previous winner to share his experience. 4 candidates will have 5 mins pitch each and our judge board will give feedbacks. Food and beverage are provided for social networking afterwards.

  • Thu 7 Feb, 6pm
  • ACMI X
  • Robin Hao on behalf of Shenzhen Economic & Trade Office in Australia

Melbourne Founder Dinner

Over the course of 16 years we’ve helped fuel $35M+ (and counting) of funding into fantastic Australian startups, at our renowned Founder Dinners. The aim for these dinners? To shine a spotlight on some of Australia’s most ambitious founders, and introduce them to investors who want to help with funding, connections, and expert advice. Our Founder Dinner is an opportunity for startup founders disrupting any industry to pitch in front of a room full of investors for introductions and funding. The startups we are looking for have built tech solutions, validated them in market, and are now looking to raise capital to supercharge their company's growth. For all our Founder Dinner events, we do not take a clip and we do not charge entrepreneurs. We simply promote, support and connect. Applications close 1st February. Apply now: https://www.coventured.com/programs/view/142

Melbourne Silicon Beach December Pitch Night

You are invited to come and mingle with startup founders and future founders at the monthly gathering of the largest Silicon Beach community in Australia, Melbourne Silicon Beach. Did you know that anyone can do a 90 second pitch at a Silicon Beach Pitch Night? Yes, it’s an open mic night for startups. You can even pitch an idea to have it validated. Or pitch for a co-founder, techie or anyone else. Or pitch yourself - if you have something to offer the startup community - like your tech, business, marketing, mentoring skills.

Pitch X Night: The Final Countdown

For the grand finale Pitch X for 2018, we’re thrilled to be teaming up with Melbourne Silicon Beach, YBF Ventures, and TwoSpace to present this mega pitch night! Together, we’re on a mission to help connect, motivate, and grow startups. Bringing together experts from across the startup landscape, our amazing judges will provide entrepreneurs and the startup community with the perfect pitching platform. Pitch X is a friendly pitching competition open to anyone who wants to pitch for a co-founder, investor, mentor, support, or just practice. We encourage everyone to do a 90 seconds pitch where you’ll need to answer key questions: - What problem are you tackling? - What solution are you creating? The pitch Pitch how you want, however, you may want to include the following; - Intro yourself and/or your team - Talk about the problem you’re solving - Reveal your solution - Tell the judges what stage your startup is at and what traction you’ve received - What you’re pitching for? Support, funding, resources etc The night Round one: Anyone can put their hand up to pitch on the night. The first round will consist of one-minute pitches. Our Judges will choose the top three pitches to progress to the 2nd round. Round two: For the second round, finalists will have five minutes to pitch. The Judges will then pick the best in this round to win! We’re lining up some awesome prizes, so stay tuned! Register to pitch or attend: Keen to pitch your idea? Register here -https://academyxi.typeform.com/to/XzQald If you’d simply like to attend, submit your registration in the link below! The prizes 1st place 2x permanent desks at YBF for 3 consecutive months (valued at $4,200) *Note: Desks must be used by people from the same company 1x hotdesking at TwoSpace for 3 months 1x one-hour intensive pitch coaching session from Simpateco 1x $1,000 course credit voucher from Academy Xi 6 months access to Brandollo — generate customised marketing, PR and branding plans, as well as marketing tutorial content and team workflow and planning tools! 2nd place 1x permanent desk at YBF for one month (valued at $700) 1x hotdesking at TwoSpace for 3 months 1x $500 course credit voucher from Academy Xi 1x FREE Digital Growth Marketing bootcamp at Academy Xi (valued at $100) 3rd place 1x Hotdesking at TwoSpace for one month 1x FREE Digital Growth Marketing bootcamp at Academy Xi (valued at $100) Judges Dan O'Grady - Co-Founder at Simpateco Nikki Ricks - Membership Coordinator at Scale Investors Ltd Brian McCarthy - Founder at Brandollo Courtney Blackman - Head of PR & Marketing at YBF Ventures Sid Verma -Founder & Executive Director at BrainSTEM

SPARK Accelerator Demo Day

We are thrilled to invite you to the SPARK Deakin 2018 Accelerator Demo Day! Our teams have been working hard to tackle challenges in industries from healthcare to the shared economy to cakes (yes, cakes!). They have taken major steps forward with their startups – testing, selling, listening, pivoting and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. At SPARK, we work to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. We do this by supporting them with education, introducing them to the right people at the right time, providing guidance through mentorship and seed funding. Our Demo Day will see the teams pitch their start-ups. They will share their vision as well as their progress. It’s an evening to celebrate achievements and hard work. Come along and ->Immerse yourself in the startup scene ->Learn what startups are all about - maybe you’ll catch the startup fever too ->Be blown away with pitches from our teams Connect with founders as well as other likeminded business community folk across Deakin and Melbourne’s startup community. After the Accelerator teams pitch, we will have the chance to connect with one another over drinks and canapés.

Pitch Night: Female Founders

In our final event of 2018, we’ll be rounding off the year with a Pitch Night showcasing Female Founders! We’ll be bringing together the best and brightest to support the next generation of female founders, and provide them with a platform to pitch their startups and promote their businesses.

According to Startup Muster, the share of female founders in Australia grew from 16.1% to 25.4% in the three years between 2014 and 2017. We want to see that number increase by even more in the next three years.

So this December, One RoofMYOB, and Startup Victoria will come together to shine the spotlight on women-led businesses that are empowering the startup community. We usually have 4 startups pitch at these nights, but this time we’ll have 10. The startups will not only be pitching for the prize package below; they will also be pitching to a panel of expert judges and a room full of industry professionals.

The event will be an opportunity to network and connect with founders, investors and innovators within the community, and provide a night of inspiration for aspirational founders.

  • Mon 3 Dec, 6:00pm
  • Startup Victoria

Pitch Night: FinTech

FinTech is a rapidly expanding Australian industry, and encompasses lending, personal asset management, payments software, crowdfunding, and much more. In 2017, the Startup Muster report found that FinTech was the most popular industry for Australian founders, and in Victoria is establishing itself in the field, with organisations like Stone & Chalk and YBF Ventures establishing FinTech hubs along with state government support. In the lead up to Intersekt Festival, Startup Victoria is proud to partner with FinTech Australia and Square to bring you this pitch night where we will showcase four up-and-coming startups that are looking to impact and shape the FinTech industry. The startups will not only be pitching for the prize package below; they will also be pitching to a panel of expert judges and a room full of industry professionals.

Ballarat Pitch Coaching Workshop with Nick Crocker

Thanks to the support of LaunchVic, Startmate is hosting Regional Pitch Coaching Workshops to help founders hone their pitch. The workshops are free. The workshops are hosted by Blackbird Ventures partner and Startmate EiR, Nick Crocker. Nick was previously co-founder of Sessions (acqd. by MyFitnessPal) and We Are Hunted (acqd. by Twitter) and has funded and raised funding for multiple successful ventures. The pitch coaching workshops cover: • What is an investor pitch? • What is the ideal format and length? • How to structure a one-liner. • What are the key elements of the pitch - problem, solution, team, timing, traction and ask. • Best practices for deck design and flow. • Common mistakes and how to avoid them. • What not to include in the pitch! • Example slides from successful pitch decks. • Live review of founder decks for immediate feedback. The workshops held to date have had exceptional feedback with founders rating them 9.1/10 on average. This is an awesome opportunity to learn from a serial founder and investor how to craft the best possible story for your startup. Places are limited and have been oversubscribed in the past. See you there! This event received funding from the Australian Government.

Startmate Melbourne Demo Day

At Startmate, we invest in extraordinary founders who are changing the way we work, live and play, and we're powered by the most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Australia. Demo Day showcases this talent. For the past three months, Startmate Melbourne has been supercharging 13 amazing startups working on technology that will shape our future. From electric flying taxis and aircrafts for medical transport to automated legal services and a marketplace for surplus food. These teams will be pitching their companies in both Sydney and Melbourne. Startmate is Australia's leading startup accelerator, running in both Sydney and Melbourne. Since our inception, we have invested in 81 startups. Success stories include: Everproof - $1.5M AUD Seed (Feb 2018) Mentorloop - $1M AUD Seed (Nov 2017) Morse Mirco - Series A (Oct 2017) Vero — $4M AUD Series A (June 2017) Flirtey - $16M Series A (January 2017) Happy Inspector - $7.5M Series A (October 2016) Propeller Aerobotics - $3.1M Series A (May 2018) UpGuard - $17M Series B (August 2016) Bugcrowd - $15M Series B (April 2016) Edrolo - $2.6M Series A (May 2015) Come along, show your support for Australia’s emerging startups, get to know the Startmate family and see what it is all about. Tickets include food, drinks and vibe. The Starmate Team

Pitch Night: Impact

Calling all founders! This September Startup Victoria will be partnering with Giant Leap Fund to find four impact startups who fuse profit with purpose. We're looking for founders to pitch on the night across industries including: healthtech, edtech, agtech, cleantech, fintech, and HR tech. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love you to get in touch. ‘Impact startups’ are commercially minded businesses driving positive social or environmental change, such as:

  • Sendle – Australia’s only carbon neutral delivery service helping Australian small businesses thrive through parcel delivery that is simple, reliable and affordable.
  • Your Grocer – An online platform connecting consumers with local, independent shops.
  • Switch Automation – A smart building platform, improving building efficiency and delivering exceptional occupant experiences.
  • GlamCorner – Australia’s leading designer dress rental platform shifting consumers away from fast fashion.
  • Perx – A platform that uses gamification and behavioural psychology to improve medication adherence.
If you want to put your startup in front of a panel of VCs, industry experts, and a great supportive crowd of engineers, designers, marketers and fellow entrepreneurs, this is for you. Please submit your application to pitch here by Monday 4 September. To come and support the startups selected for the night, please register a ticket. We look forward to seeing you there!

Did you know?

Businesses that do good, do better. 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand. This number is even higher for Millennials with 73% indicating a similar preference. [1] With an estimated intergenerational wealth transfer to Millennials of $59 trillion over the coming years [2], the time is now for impact businesses! [1] AC Nielsen 2015, Consumer goods brands that demonstrate commitment to sustainability outperform

[2] Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

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
  • Bravo: 1 x half day User Experience (UX) Design Workshop valued at $1500
  • 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
  • Deskworx: 2 x 1 month of coworking with a dedicated desk
  • General Assembly: $500 credit for classes & workshops with a 6-month validity
  • Inspire9: 2 x full time subscription for 1 month
  • Law Squared: $2500 credit to use the Cubed by Law Squared platform
  • Northraine: 10 hours x machine learning training and consultation
  • Prime Accounting: 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 fee free processing
  • SquarePeg Capital: 30mins x consultation with the team
  • Tue 25 Sep, 6pm
  • TBA
  • Startup Victoria

Exciting News for the Startup Community!

Calling all founders, entrepreneurs, startups, and emerging small businesses – MYOBCreativeCubes.Co, and Startup Victoria are excited to bring you Pitch for a Spot, your chance to win 12 months' free rent at CreativeCubes.Co! This co-working space is the home of Startup Victoria, and we have 20 spots to give away – 10 at the Richmond location, and 10 at the new Hawthorn location! If you've got what it takes to shake up the CreativeCubes.Co space, please check out the details below and submit your application. If you want to watch these fantastic pitches, grab a ticket and come along! And for more info, check out this video: https://youtu.be/1LGmAdYXrMo How it works: 15 startups will have the chance to pitch each night 3 minute pitch + 3 minute Q&A 10 spots to give away at each location (and it's possible for one company to win more than 1 spot!) Timeline: 2 August – Richmond + Hawthorn applications open 3 September – Richmond applications close 18 September – Hawthorn applications close   Events: 17 September – Richmond Pitch for a Spot event 2 October – Hawthorn Pitch for a Spot event To apply: Enter your pitch application via this form. Post a 1 minute video on your favourite (or all) social media channels.
  • Tag @startupvic + @MYOB + @CreativeCubes.Co
  • Tell us about your business
  • Tell us why you need this for your business
  • Get your friends to "like & share"

Create @ Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest

This month we're proud to be partnering with Alibaba Cloud and City of Melbourne to bring you the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest, a global series of contests for global entrepreneurs in the technology field. Melbourne finalists will be invited to pitch in Shanghai in September with startups from Shanghai and Boston. The 6 finalist teams from Shanghai will be invited to pitch at the Global Final in November 2018 in Hangzhou, China.

Pitch Night: Cybersecurity

As data becomes more ubiquitous, and personal and sensitive information gets collected in greater quantities, the importance of one industry is especially on the rise: cybersecurity. Where there is sensitive data, there is risk. Startups in this space are innovating for a world where we can continue to use applications which require data, because when such information is well protected, the beneficial use of it far outweighs the alternative. Join us as we showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact the cybersecurity industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries.

Pitch Night: RetailTech & eCommerce

As the department store chain Myer's sales slump and while they are in search of a new CEO, revolutionary innovative technology needs to be incorporated in this sector to ensure retailers stay ahead of the game as compared to the international counterparts. In the true spirit of collaboration, Startup Victoria is partnering with mi-fi this month to showcase four up-and-coming Retail Tech and eCommerce startups that are revolutionising this industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries.

Pitch Night: Professional Services Tech

Australia's biggest pitch night series are back again in 2018! We are starting the year with all things Professional Services Tech - namely the legal, accounting and consulting industries. The landscape for professional services is rapidly changing and businesses are implementing innovative technology to ensure productivity improvement. In the true spirit of collaboration, Startup Victoria is partnering with Law Squared this month to showcase four up-and-coming Professional Services Tech startups that are revolutionising this industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries.

Pitch Night: The Future of Work

Changes in culture, advancements in technology, and wider economic effects are not only changing how we work, but where we work, how we are paid, and perhaps most importantly, the jobs actually being carried out. Advances in automation, the proliferation of co-working spaces, the rising gig economy and the creation of new blockchain-based applications, are a few trends that are having a profound impact on the future of work. To shed light on the changing world of work, Startup Victoria is partnering with Spacely this month to showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact and shape the way we will work in the future. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries. This month we'll be trialing an exciting new format for the People's Choice Awards - in partnership with VoteAbout. You will receive a unique voting code on the night of the event to cast your vote.

Innovate Health

This event is about accelerating the growth and uptake of digital health innovations, encouraging widespread engagement and navigating successful commercialization journeys across the health industry in Australia. It will bring together healthcare professionals, startups & entrepreneurs, health tech specialists, innovation leaders, government stakeholders, regulators and business leaders for thought leadership, networking and productive discussion. It will showcase emerging digital technologies for the health industry, encourage meaningful communication and collaboration, explore crucial go-to-market steps and learn from digital health success stories. Crucial to the event is ensuring that emerging innovations really meet the needs of clinicians and healthcare professionals and address ongoing health challenges in Australia.

Pitch Night: Automotive Tech

As the world has become smaller and more connected, consumers are demanding more from their car and transportation options. Demand for uniqueness, technological advancement, connectivity, ease of use, fuel efficiency - these are all impacting factors into why so many lines within the industry have been blurred and crossed. Of course, demand for so much innovation has led to a host of startups within the industry, looking to answer the questions and fill the gaps of an increasingly demanding generation of consumers. Startup Victoria is partnering with GUD this month to showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact and shape the automotive industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from a variety of industries.

  • Tue 29 May, 6.30pm
  • TBA
  • Startup Victoria

Speed Date Five Master Entrepreneurs

Five Global Masters Entrepreneurs will speed date 30 people & mentor some afterwards. Participants answer a questionnaire, speed date the Masters & vie to be mentored. 16 were chosen in December. Save $400 by writing “FACTOR” in the code while registering Scholars