Top 7 pitch competitions in Australia

Pitch competitions can provide a lot of opportunities to early stage startups including increased visibility, connection to potential mentors and of course, a substantial prize pool. Unlike business incubators and accelerator programs, these events offer funding and guidance without the obligation to commit.

If you’re looking for a chance to showcase all your hard work, here are seven startup competitions in Australia worth checking out.

Launch Festival Sydney

Launch Festival Sydney is an open celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. This annual event hosts five startup competitions ranging from a rapid fire ‘I wish this startup existed’ round, to leading frontier tech, and blockchain ventures. The best part? The overall winner will receive a place in the Launch Incubator based in San Francisco – and take home $100K!

Applications for Launch close early June 2018.




Startcon have teamed up with Right Click Capital to give emerging startups the chance to battle it out for $1 million. Startcon will be touring major cities in the Asia Pacific, with heat winners taking home flights and accommodation to the event. Over 600 startups are expected to vie for the chance to win the largest capital prize in the history of Australian pitch competitions.

Interested applicants can expect regional finals to take place in their nearest city starting August 2018.




Creative3 Pitch is an annual creative tech competition hosted by startup conglomerate, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA). Winners will receive a spot in the London based pre-accelerator program, Virgin StepUp, and a chance to represent Australia at Copenhagen’s Creative Business Cup. This total prize valued at over $30K includes all flights and accommodation, as well as legal and accounting services contributed by CEA’s partners.

Applications close on 24 June 2018.



The CeBIT Pitchfest

CeBIT Australia is a Sydney based conference that attracts thousands of technology professionals. The three-day event culminates in a pitching competition where 10 of Australia’s most promising startups are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and audience members. The winning team is awarded with a plethora of prizes, including mentorship, membership packs from partners, and unparalleled exposure to investor networks.

Startups interested in applying for next year can expect the conference to occur in May.




Tech23 is an annual event that gives technology startups the platform they need to perfect their pitch and gain invaluable advice from entrepreneurs and angel investors. As evident in its name, Tech23 picks 23 promising startups to showcase their business and 23 industry experts to present a series of talks and workshops. Winners of the 2017 competition took home cash prizes and were fully funded for a five-day immersion tour through the innovation ecosystem of Beijing.

Founders are invited to register their interest for October 2018.




RiverPitch is a yearly competition run by Brisbane’s original startup hub, River City Labs. Contestants and investors are pre-screened before the process and are only able to attend the event by invitation. Successful applicants are then offered a place at Startup Invest where they’ll have the opportunity to pitch in front of angel investors.

Interested founders can anticipate RiverPitch 2019 to occur mid-May, which is seemingly the hottest month for pitch competitions.



Young Starters’ Competition

Advance Queensland have collaborated with River City Labs to offer young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch, develop business skills, and win funding towards their startup. Young Starters is primarily focussed on building and attracting young entrepreneurial talent and providing the guidance needed for founders to commercialise their startup idea.

Interested applicants can expect this competition to run between April – June every year.


About the author:

Isaac Holmyard is the Partnerships and Community Manager for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA). He is responsible for managing multi-million dollar partnerships with stakeholders and acting as the key contact point between industry, corporates and early stage startups. Outside of CEA, Isaac is the Sponsorship and Events Director for ASPIRE Music Festival, and a member of the Future Business Council.

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