Entry guidelines

Everything you need to know before entering the Start It Up Pitch Competition.

The following guidelines will help you complete the entry process.

How to enter

  1. Unlock secrets of creating a great pitch
  2. Make your video
  3. Complete the entry form

Please refer to our FAQs or contact the Careers Service if you have any further questions.

E: careers@newcastle.edu.au

P: +61 2 4921 5588

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Key dates

  • Entries open: Tuesday 20 July, 2021
  • Pitching Masterclass: Thursday 5 August, 2021
  • Entries close: 11:59pm Tuesday 17 August, 2021
  • Finalists notified: Tuesday 31 August, 2021
  • Pitch competition and winners announced: Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Terms and Conditions

Entry conditions

  • The competition is open to all enrolled University of Newcastle students.
  • Students can register an application as an individual or team.
  • If registering as a team, all members must be enrolled students of The University of Newcastle.
  • The business idea proposed must be the original idea of the individual or team.
  • The business must be in the idea generation or start up stage of the business life cycle.
  • Participants must not be receiving funding for their business from any other funding source such as incubators, venture capitalists, or existing companies during the competition (Tuesday 20 July, 2021 – , Tuesday 14 September 2021). Finalists will be notified on Tuesday 31 August 2021 and must be available to pitch their business idea at 10am on Tuesday 14 September, 2021.

The pitch

  • Compete as an individual or have fun as a team and create a 1-minute video.
  • Upload video to YouTube.
  • All entries must be submitted online via the online entry form by 9:00am on 17 August, 2021.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of industry and faculty members.

Judging

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • What is the problem that your idea is helping to solve? (Is there a clear need, does an interesting market exist? Will it be of benefit to society? What is the potential impact?)
  • How well does your idea address the problem? (Is your idea innovative, does it address the problem in a new way? How is it superior to potential competitors?)
  • Strength of individual or team (Why are you or your team best placed to work on this idea?)
  • Potential viability of the idea (Considering the information provided about the idea, and the skillsets of the team)
  • Quality of application (How effectively the idea is communicated)

Prizes

  • The winning individual/team will win a prize package which will include:
    • Up to $2,500 in funding support for their business development. The prize money awarded is for the winning individual or team to spend on developing their idea.
    • Free entry into I2N’s Entrepreneurship101 online course (valued at $99); and
    • Access to an Incubator hotdesk for up to two people at I2N Hub Honeysuckle for 6 months* (valued at $3,600). (*must be claimed within 6 months of the competition).
  • The runner up individual/team will win a prize package which will include:
    • Free entry into I2N’s Entrepreneurship101 online course (valued at $99); and
    • Access to an Incubator hotdesk for up to two people at I2N Hub Honeysuckle for 6 months* (valued at $3,600). (*must be claimed within 6 months of the competition).
  • All finalists will receive a certificate of recognition from the University of Newcastle.

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