Life's a Pitch - pitching practice for all you startups...

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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What we'll do

**Coach Stevie** will lead the session.

We have officially closed the sign-up for PITCHERS for the 19th March, as applications have exceeded our limit... we can't go all night!

BUT come to our pitch workshop - FOR CATERING, please confirm you are coming by sending a quick email to [masked]

To register for a future pitch event, please fill up the form at

Coach Bio

Stevie V Brown (

Stevie V Brown is a Communications Specialist with 20 years’ experience. She had 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. She is a Government funded Business Advisor; Presenter for Bizversity; Round table Expert for Dale Beaumont’s Business Blueprint; Board Member of a NFP; and is currently studying a masters degree in Digital Marketing. Through her two businesses; The Change Starter® - a Business Communications Consultancy; and PitchVest® - a pitch creation and coaching service; 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.

Judges will have 5min or so Q&A and so a whole pitch should take 15min including swap over.


1. Stevie V Brown

2. Dr. Samuel Lackey (

Dr. Samuel Lackey was a director of investment assurance at Transport of NSW ( In the early days, he was the director of venture capital at ATG. To give an example, he invested 1.5Mil in a data system (with expected IRR at 55%) which was sold to TABCOROP 5 years later. Dr. Lackey is also a McKinsey ( Alumni and is currently sitting on the board of Stanford Australia Association Committee ( We are very privileged to have him as one of our judges.

3. Eitan Bienstock (

Eitan landed in Sydney in 2001 after couple of years' working in the Silicon Valley as a strategic investment manager at Intel Capital. Eitan is a pioneer in the Artificial Intelligence - Internet of Thing industry in Australia. As the founder of Everything IoT ( who partners with CBA, Microsoft, Transport of NSW, Stone & Chalk, Telstra, KPMG, CSIRO, UTS and etc., Eitan has run Start-Up showcase and Global Summits which drew a crowd of 500 people particularly in 2016 and 2017. He is also a managing director at Sigma Ventures ( who sparked Innovation and invests in the most innovative Australian start-ups ready to scale globally. To encourage and promote the innovative culture in Australia, Eitan also joined Spark Festival as a non-Executive director. Spark Festival ( provides Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs and training programs. The attendees are getting started, or going global.

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

AGENDA of the evening

• 4:30pm: Pitching Class with Stevie
• 5:40pm: Break for food/madly updating pitch decks
• 6:00pm: Pitches
• 8pm: Networking


Griffith Hack - awesome IP lawyers!

See you there!