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New ideas: Startup competition

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Got a great idea that will help humanity? Need funding to get it off the ground?

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is running a startup competition with $1000 seed funding up for grabs.

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities supports entrepreneurship, community engagement and humanities innovation and is running the competition to encourage entrepreneurs, both young and old, to come up with an innovative business startup involving the humanities. Centre Director Professor Ros Smith says she is interested in hearing from anyone with a business startup idea that will help transform humanity and solve a problem.

“We’re inviting anyone with an idea - students, members of the community and university staff - to create a video pitch of their startup idea and send it to us. We’re looking for startups that have a humanities aspect to them and that will help people,” Professor Smith said.

“Our Centre supports high-quality humanities research using the innovative methods of the new century. Through the application of technology to traditional humanities topics we have the power to change humanity for the better,” she said. “Through this competition we’d like to see what ideas are out in the community and promote innovative thinking.”

How to enter the competition:

  • Film a video pitch explaining your business idea and how it will help humanity
  • Video length - 1 minute maximum. Tell us who you are, your idea and what problem it will help solve
  • Send your video, your contact details and a short resume to
  • Deadline - 5pm Friday 19th October 2018

The video pitches will be judged by the leaders of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities with the winner to be contacted Friday 26th October.

The Centre has supported humanities startups in the past such as:

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