The Pitch

Pitch your business idea so that you can proceed to the next level – the Accelerator which includes up to $10 000 (equity free) funding, mentorship and access to space.

Pitch Dates 2017 and Compulsory Events

17 July Applications Open, information workshop and accelerator information evening (Burwood or Docklands, TBA).
17 August Applications Close
24 August Shortlisted teams informed and assigned a business and pitch mentor to meet with weekly for one month
13 September Compulsory Pitch Workshop for successful teams
27 September Shortlisted teams to pitch to panel of judges, judges to decide on final teams.
2 October  Induction to accelerator – selected teams must attend this
25 October – Launch Event  selected teams must attend

Accelerator – October  2017 to March 2018


  • Teams may consist of non-Deakin community members, however at least one team member must be Deakin student, staff or Alumni from any area of the university.
  • You will be required to have a minimum team of two members to ensure that you have complementary skills (we recommend minimum three per group)
  • You can be from any area of Deakin University.

*Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate opportunities to network and connect with potential team members; if you do not have a co-founder head to these seminars to meet other potential team members.

Launch Event 
25 October 2017
Downtown Deakin, Docklands

A limited number of spaces are available to watch the pitches and attend the launch event. Subscribe to our mailing list below, to find out how to purchase a ticket. 

There are two stages to The Pitch:

1. Pitch process                                                                                                              

The process will be approximately 2 weeks and you must attend a compulsory pitch workshop followed by an individual pitch mentoring session.

We recommend using Lean Canvas at Lean Stack and the following online resources as part of the process after you have submitted your idea.

2. The Panel

The Pitch will be to an experienced group of judges who will ask questions and decide whether the team is eligible to be included the next stage. The pitch is for a maximum of five minutes and must contain information about the problem, solution, market and the business model.

Learn further about the the next stage: Accelerator