The crowd sitting in the amphitheatre.

Recap: #TBT to Startup Victoria’s October Pitch Night.

Hey everyone!

Startup Victoria, Victoria University, and City of Melbourne came together last Tuesday to put on the October iteration of Startup Victoria’s monthly pitch nights. This month, the spotlight turned to Migrant and First Generation Founders.

We had an amazing turnout at the event, and we first want to thank everyone who was able to attend on the night!

We also want to thank some other groups who made the event possible: Stone and Chalk, our amazing Venue Partner; the Weployees who come help us at all of our pitch nights; and the VU Vollies who are students from Victoria University who came to volunteer for the night! The community here in Melbourne is amazing because we can all come together to work towards a common goal.

Gus cheering on the crowd.

Gus Balbontin—our vibrant emcee, you might remember him from July—really got the crowd engaged and excited to hear from our amazing migrant founders. Our expert judges also made the night a success by asking some incredible questions to our pitchers.

On Tuesday, we had 4 awesome startup companies pitch. Each was interviewed by City of Melbourne beforehand, so click on the company names to read those interviews!

  • Healtab – connecting patients with companions when they need support during medical appointments and procedures.
  • Passporr – aids international students with interest-free loans, connections with peers, and advice and information to help them thrive.
  • PT Mate – composing tools like progress tracking, automated payments, training programs, and direct messaging for use by physical therapists and their clients.
  • Undivide – providing a digital compliance management platform.

While the judges were deliberating, we heard about Found from lead research Julian Waters-Lynch and featured founder Omer Molad of Vervoe! Emerging from a partnership between Victoria University and Startup Victoria, Found is a research project culminating in a magazine and online publication featuring stories from some incredible Victoria founders. The publication will launch on December 5, 2019, so sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye out for more information!

Julian Waters-Lynch and Omer Molad joined Judy Anderson—CEO of Startup Victoria—to chat about Found.

At the end of the night, Undivide received the People’s Choice Award and Healtab took home the Judges’ Choice Award. A huge congratulations to both of them, as well as Passport and PT Mate!

Now that the end of the year approaches, Startup Victoria’s next pitch night will take place in February 2020. 2019 has been an incredible year for pitch nights; the startup community here in Victoria continues to birth more and more awe-inspiring companies, and we can’t want to see what happens in 2020!

Olivia and Jared
Startup Victoria

Photography credit to Elliot Lauren.