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Optus SydEduTech Pitchfest 2013

Are you an Edupreneur working tirelessly on your EduTech startup? Here's your opportunity to show the world what you have been working on.

OPTUS & SYDEDUTECH PRESENT “Australian EduTech PitchFest 2013” - A national pitching and networking event for Australian EduTech startups.

Come and pitch your EduTech startup with other top EduTech startups from all over Australia.

The winning pitch on the night will receive a Samsung Galaxy S4, courtesy of our sponsors, Optus-Innov8 Seed. On top of that, the best 6 pitches from the night will all get the chance to pitch in the Finals in 2014 to win a trip for 2 to Echelon, Asia’s largest tech conference. Echelon will be held in Singapore in June 2014, and this prize is also courtesy of our sponsors, Optus-Innov8 Seed.

We have assembled a stellar judging panel consisting of Kim Heras (Partner at 25Fifteen, Founder Push Start), Terry Hilsberg (Experienced Education Investor), Matt Easterman (Teacher & Organiser of TeachMeets) and Alfred Lo ( Optus innov8 Seed Fund) to select the winner. Mick Liubinskas (co-founder Pollenizer and more recently Muru-D accelerator) is the MC for the night.

There will be only a limited number of pitches accepted and startups that would like to pitch on the night should register before 6th December. All registered pitches will be reviewed by our expert panel and the best startups will get a chance to pitch on the the PitchFest night. So hurry up and register your pitch.

Not ready to pitch your EduTech startup yet? WE STILL NEED YOU! This is a great opportunity for you to meet with the top EduTech talent in Australia and the growing Edutech community in Sydney in an informal and relaxed environment. So mark your calendars and RSVP for the event ASAP.

The event is FREE to attend and will be followed by networking drinks and dinner but get in early as seats are limited. The event kicks off at 6 PM on Wednesday 11th December. We hope to see you at the "Optus SydEduTech PitchFest 2013".

DATE: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, with networking drinks & dinner to follow

PLACE: UTS Business School, Post Graduate Lounge, Level 5, Building 5, Block C. (11, Quay Street, Haymarket).

PITCH SUBMISSIONS: All pitches must be submitted by 6th December. Click here to submit your pitch.

RSVP: Free admission - Click here to RSVP

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6:00 PM - Welcome

6:15 PM - A series of 3 minute pitches from leading Australian EduTech Startups

7:15 PM - Judging and prizes

7:30 PM - Networking drinks & dinner. 

Food supplied by


Start walking to 11 Quay Street, Haymarket NSW and enter through the UTS Business School Entrance. The meetup is on Level 5.

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  • Bronwyn S.

    Too many administrative and LMS tools and nothing that really was a new paradigm. While many of the tools were functional I am not sure any were inspirational form an educator perspective.

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Bronwyn S.

      No tool can or should aim to replace a professional teacher. What concerns me is that many of the projects were focused on administrative processes associated with learning rather than new ways or models for learning. If we aligned with the most recent Horizon Reports we would expect to see a much greater variety of pitches. The future of learning is social, self-directed or self-organised, and perhaps gamified. I agree a number of pitches touched in minor ways on aspects of these. I think it is a very skewed proposition to nominate which tool will be most successful when success = revenue. Revenue in education is almost always linked to administration not inspiration and paradigm shift. But I am totally open to being convinced otherwise ;-)

      December 17, 2013

    • Tom W.

      Bronwyn, no tool replace a teacher so projects which reduce teacher's administrative work are useful. Social, self-directed, self-organised and gamified learning are not new ways of learning, but we can use new technology to make them work better. The emphasis on having a business model for these innovations I don't think is a bad idea either. Education costs money and someone is gong to have to pay, be it the student, or society generally. I have seen many people with bright ideas which could benefit the world, but for a lack of funding.

      ps: The old dressed up as new came home to me after a visit to Delphi. I realised that the modern university does not look that different to the ancient Greek academy, if you replaced the iPads with wax tablets:­ ;-)

      December 18, 2013

  • DaC

    Thanks to Atul, Optus, Terry, et al for a well-organised event.

    December 13, 2013

  • Bruce T.

    Hopefully the creativity and ideas on display last night heralds a start to the long overdue revolution in education. We have the technology, now let's use it effectively to the benefit of our kids!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Tom W.

      Bruce, not just technology for education of kids, we adults need it also. ;-)

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Sridhar D.

    Very impressed by the edutech start-ups innovation that is happening right here in Sydney. It's exciting to see the ideas around education that I've strongly believed in for over a decade starting to be actualised. The world is waking up, and that creates tremendous opportunities for innovation!

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Many thanks to the organisers. You guys do a great job.
    Terry, Atul, Aiden and Mick.. congratulations to you.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Silvia P.

    Great to see so many startups in the Education space!

    December 12, 2013

  • Bronwyn S.

    Needed more inspirational and paradigm shifting projects rather than more contetn delviery platforms.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Margaret C.

    Great opportunity to hear about the variety of options in the Edutech space. So many great ideas out there and loads of potential for the Australian marketplace to show the world what we can offer.

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • Tom P.

    Could be start of a new era in education

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Ivy


    December 3, 2013

  • Margaret C.

    Have you thought about the National Innovation Centre as an alternate venue? I can check if it is available if necessary.

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • Terry H.

      Thanks for suggestion. Thankfully UTS has become a co-sponsor. We had to move from Fishburners, due to 60 person OHS limit.

      1 · November 22, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Thank you UTS! :-) Well done organising team!

      4 · November 23, 2013

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