Pitch Night: SportsTech and Esports Recap

Startup Victoria held their very first in-person Pitch Night of the year last month, and this time the theme was SportsTech and Esports. 4 lucky startups were chosen to pitch to an audience of over 100 from all over the Victorian startup community, with 3 discerning judges making the final call on who should win. This time the startups chosen were Teammo, Fitter, Indie Esports and MyClubtap.

Held at co-working space The Commons in Cremorne, the home of Startup Vic, the evening was kicked off by Emcee Garry Williams, Founder at ALTS Projects. The event was also live streamed to YouTube by Visual Domain, with a massive prize package up for grabs from Victoria University and Play Media among other supporters. We were lucky to be joined by judges Joan Norton, Strategy & Insights Manager at Cricket Australia, Todd Deacon, Managing Director at Techstars, and Prof. Alex Parker, Executive Director at Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport. 

Casey Thomas, CEO @ Dark Shadow Studios pitching Indie Esports

Sean Callanan, Founder at SportsGeek, warmed up the crowd with a quick 101 on the Australian Esports arena, then it was straight into the pitches. First, we heard from Steve Scott and Sam Parry, co-founders of Fitter app. Fitter is no-code, white-labelled app platform, designed to deliver training online. Next, co-founders Sarah Stocks and Andrew McIntosh pitched Teammo, an online payments management platform for grassroots sports teams, clubs and associations/leagues.

Casey Thomas pitched Indie Esports as the CEO of Dark Shadow Studios, a startup creating and developing new and innovative gaming experiences for different consoles specialising in Virtual Reality. Lastly, sports fanatic Vicky Goyal pitched MyClubtap, Australia’s 1st fantasy platform for grassroot sporting clubs and leagues. 

While the caliber of pitches was high, there could be only one winner. It was time for Alex, Todd and Joan to head into judges’ deliberation. As they made their decision, the audience were treated to a candid fireside chat with Adir Shiffman, Executive Chairman at Catapult Sports, and Rohit Bhargava, AWS Startup BD Manager and Host of The Startup Playbook Podcast. The audience was also asked to vote on the People’s Choice winner, and once the judges returned, all was revealed.

Rohit and Adir’s fireside chat during judges’ deliberation

Startup Victoria’s monthly Pitch Nights are a staple in the startup community’s social calendar. Pitch Night is held in-person at the Commons Cremorne, and live streamed to Startup Victoria’s YouTube channel for everyone watching in their PJs. You can come along to the live event and be part of networking drinks, or tune in from home to catch the on-stage activities.

This month’s theme is Direct to Consumer, so if you know a great startup founder building in this space, get them to fill out this Typeform by the 18th April. You can also register to attend via Eventbrite. Online tickets are free, with live tickets at $5, or free for paid members of Startup Victoria. Our monthly membership options start at $9 a month, giving you access to mentoring programmes, discounts and partner offers as well as free tickets, and more, so sign up today.

Techstars’ Todd Deacon stepped up to the judges’ mic with good news for Sarah Stocks and Andrew McIntosh of Teammo, who took out both the People’s Choice and overall winner for Pitch Night: SportsTech and Esports 2021. 

Startup Victoria thanks LaunchVic for being a foundational sponsor of our monthly Pitch Nights.