• Pitch Night: Best of Startup State

    South Wharf/Wurundjeri Way

    **** PLEASE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/best-of-the-startup-state-tickets-63545614644 **** 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 The Pitch Night: Best of the Startup State with LaunchVic is open to startups from any industry. On the night, 4 finalists will pitch on stage at The Goods Shed to a room full of ecosystem players, fellow founders, and an expert panel of judges to win The StartupVic Prize Package. Timeline: 17 June - Applications Open 16 July - Applications Close 17 July - Shortlisted applicants announced 23 July - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants) 24 July - Top 4 Finalists announced 30 July - Pitch Night To Apply: Please fill out this form (https://startup-victoria.typeform.com/to/qKPy9C) by Tuesday 16 July. 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

  • Pitch Night: The Secret Pitch

    710 Collins St

    **** PLEASE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pitch-night-the-secret-pitch-a-fair-go-for-all-founders-tickets-64652675894 **** Pitch Night: The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders Startup Victoria and Rampersand VC introduce The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders. We want to identify the state's most promising diverse founders and give them the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of expert investors... ... But there's a twist! The identity of the founders will be obscured from the judges - just like The Voice Blind auditions, pre-conceived notions around gender, ethnicity, background, physical ability will be removed so judges focus exclusively on the content. The vast majority of VC funding globally goes to white, heterosexual, male founders. While research suggests Victoria is better than average, there are significant cohorts of founders underfunded which leaves a major gap in the ecosystem. This event will kick start a year-long program at Rampersand VC to enhance inclusion and diversity across the Australian landscape and we want the entire ecosystem to get involved. Timeline: 11 July - Applications Open 6 August - Applications Close 8 August - Shortlisted applicants announced 13 August - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants) 14 August - Finalists announced 20 August - The Secret Pitch To Apply: Please fill out this form by Tuesday 6 August. Rampersand Feature Panel: Check out Rampersand's Feature Panel in Startup Victoria's Weekly Newsletter! Event Information Description Pitch Night: The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders Startup Victoria and Rampersand VC introduce The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders. We want to identify the state's most promising diverse founders and give them the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of expert investors... ... But there's a twist! The identity of the founders will be obscured from the judges - just like The Voice Blind auditions, pre-conceived notions around gender, ethnicity, background, physical ability will be removed so judges focus exclusively on the content. The vast majority of VC funding globally goes to white, heterosexual, male founders. While research suggests Victoria is better than average, there are significant cohorts of founders underfunded which leaves a major gap in the ecosystem. This event will kick start a year-long program at Rampersand VC to enhance inclusion and diversity across the Australian landscape and we want the entire ecosystem to get involved. Timeline: 11 July - Applications Open 6 August - Applications Close 8 August - Shortlisted applicants announced 13 August - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants) 14 August - Finalists announced 20 August - The Secret Pitch To Apply: Please fill out this form (https://startup-victoria.typeform.com/to/x2I8Hr) by Tuesday 6 August. 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