APPLICATIONS CLOSED: Pitch your startup

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We’ve showcased the most exciting and profitable startups, now it’s your chance to pitch in front of Australia’s leading VC, media and technology companies.

Submit your short pitch for the chance to pitch in front of leading VC firms and win up to $100K in prizes. 

AWS is partnering with SmartCompany to make sure your startup has everything it needs to scale quickly. Here’s what you need to know to apply.

Who can apply

Early venture startups that are:

  1. Either seed (including pre revenue) or early stage (generating under $100,000 in revenue);
  2. Under two years old; and
  3. Planning to reshape their industry in an audacious way.

We want pitches from all over Australia.

Submission requirements

We’ve made submitting your application as easy as possible. All we need is your contact details and a three slide pitch deck covering:

  1. Your big vision;
  2. Your unique insight and market potential; and
  3. Your product, or, if it’s not ready, a mock of the idea or details of the team who will help you.

Submissions now closed.


Prize pack includes:

  1. The ability to build and scale with up to $100,000 in AWS Activate credits.
    AWS Activate provides startups with a host of benefits, including AWS credits*, AWS support plan credits, and architecture guidance to help grow your business. Activate benefits are designed to give you the right mix of tools, resources, and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control. *AWS Activate Credits are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions;
  2. Chance to pitch in front of leading VCs at The Commons, George St, Sydney;
  3. One on one support session with experts from Pin Payments.

More prizes to follow.

Thanks to our sponsors AWS, Pin Payments and The Commons.


Ten Australian startups will be invited to pitch to our judging suite of leading VCs, startup founders and media leaders.

Judging panel
John Kearney, Head of Startups, AWS
Kylie Frazer, cofounder & partner, Flying Fox Ventures
Alex Khor, cofounder of Afterwork VC
Adrian Osman, COO & cofounder, Mr Yum
Chris Dahl, co-CEO, Pin Payments


By applying you’ll automatically get the invite to the in-person event.

You do not have to be Sydney-based to apply.
Finalists will be invited to pitch in-person.

If you cannot attend in-person as you are interstate, your pre-recorded pitch will be used on the night for judging.


Where: The Commons, George St, Sydney.

Day: 1 September, 2022

Time: 6.30pm.

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