Life's a Pitch - pitching practice for all you startups...NOW WITH IP SUPPORT!

North Sydney Innovation Network
North Sydney Innovation Network
Public group

Griffith Hack - Boardroom

Level 29 Northpoint 100 Miller Street · North Sydney 2060

How to find us

Easy walk from North Sydney train station.

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Coach Stevie V Brown will lead the session (limited spots). YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PITCHER ON THE NIGHT!

To register, email us at [masked] and fill out the form at

Stevie V Brown (
CEO, Small Business Marketing Coach at The Change Starter

Stevie V Brown is a Communications Specialist with 20 years’ experience. She has worked for some of the world’s most well-known advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Erickson, and has worked on some of the world’s most famous brands, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, L’Oréal, Samsung, and Visa. Stevie is a professional Coach and NLP Practitioner having obtained internationally recognised formal coaching qualifications with The Life Coaching Academy. Through her two businesses, Stevie is focused on helping the “big business of tomorrow” kickstart their growth through the power of effective business communications.


Pitches are 5-7min, warning bell at 5min and 'the plug is pulled' at 7min. Then a judge Q&A so pitchers will be given constructive advice on how to better sell their ideas. And spectators will get to see the brave rise or fall... ;-)

Judges will have 5min or so Q&A and so a whole pitch should take 15min including swap over. We will try and get 8 pitches in the night...


Johanna Pitman (
Co-Founder, Innovation Director at Women In Smart Cities Global

Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.

Natalie Collins (
Co-Founder & Head of Emerging Ventures at Amatil X

Co-founder of Amatil X, the corporate venturing arm of Coca-Cola Amatil, Natalie brings 20 years of experience in FMCG spanning finance and corporate strategy, supply chain, M&A, marketing, and innovation.
Natalie is passionate about the collaboration of large corporates and startups, and operates as a catalyst between the two, searching the globe for new business models and technology solutions that have the potential to solve the challenges of today or create growth opportunities for tomorrow.

Zara Crichton (
Executive Director at Venture Café Sydney

As Executive Director of Venture Café Sydney, Zara is focused on connecting meaningful ideas to people who can make things happen. As a start-up founder – both failed and successful – she knows that providing a support system for innovators of all backgrounds and identities will foster relationships that increase an individual’s access to resources encompassing; capital, talent and ideas. Her professional experience encompasses leading companies such as; Connect Macquarie Park, Macquarie Bank, Consolidated Press Holdings, Warner Bros and Pixar.


Jessica Lee (
Senior Associate at Griffith Hack

Robyn Heard ( Senior Associate at Griffith Hack

THANK YOU to all our judges for giving of their time and experience.


AGENDA of the evening

• 3:30pm: IP Workshop with Griffith Hack
• 4:30pm: Pitching Class with Stevie V Brown
• 5:40pm: Break for food/madly updating pitch decks
• 6:00pm: Pitches
• 8pm ish: Chat with Speakers, Judges, and other entrepreneurs
• 8:30 ish: We try to kick you out! (But there's often a bunch around 'til 9pm)

Griffith Hack - awesome IP lawyers!