Pitch Session

Updated – Sydstart 2014 Agenda released – tickets now on sale

Arguably Australia’s best and largest startup event Sydstart 2014 is set for May 2nd 2014 at Sydney Entertainment Center.

Combining successful international and local entrepreneurs and investors with pitch sessions from new startups Sydstart is the best place in Australia to launch your new startup or find your next startup investment.

Sydstart Discussion Panels

Sydstart Discussion Panels

Agenda and speakers are still  being finalised, you can find updates here http://sydstart.wordpress.com/agenda/

  • 0800 Expo Open
  • 0900 Conference Open –  Plenary in Auditorium –  Community Welcome and structure of the day – Opening by VIPs
  • Wave One Speakers – People Who Have Done Stuff – Personal Journeys. Inspiration. First hand insight.
  • 0905 Pete Cooper – SydStart Founder – State of the Startup Keynote – Confirmed
  • 0925 Pitch Rush – Confirmed
  • 0930 Official Opening by the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore – City of Sydney – Confirmed
  • 0940 Keynote/Panel
  • 1000 Keynote/Panel – Matt Barrie – Freelancer.com – CEO & Founder – Recent  IPO ASX:FLN – TBC
  • 1020 International Keynote/Panel
  • 1040 International Keynote/Panel
  • 1100 Morning Break in Expo
  • 1100 Breakout for Masterclass  – Ric Richardson on planning and protecting your startup (patents, intellectual property & other techniques) – from Uniloc – confirmed
  • 1100 Breakout for Masterclass – Kevin Lippy from Fishburners on growing very large Facebook communities fast – from Mumbership – confirmed
  • 1100 Breakout for Masterclass – Rob Wood from Fishburners on growing a huge special interest community online – from LightStalking – confirmed
  • 1100 Breakout for Masterclass – Shelston IP –  Mike Zammit on strategic intellectual property management – from a leading firm TBA – confirmed
  • 1120 Speaker/Panel
  • 1140 Speaker/Panel – Investments

    • Stuart Fox – Artesian Capital/Venture Crowd – Director/Founder – Australia’s first equity crowd funding platform – confirmed
    • Anna Maguire – Crowd Fund It – Author – has researched over 300 crowd funding and related platforms for her book – confirmed
    • Niki Scevak – StartMate/BlackBird Ventures – Co-Founder – Arguably Australia’s premier accelerator and most innovative and well connected venture capital groups – confirmed
    • Bill Bartee – SXVP / Blackbird Ventures – To be confirmed
    • Susan Wu – Panel Moderator – Stripe Payments ($1.75 billion valuation) / Charles River Ventures (Boston Venture Capital) / Apache Software Foundation / Obvious (aka Medium) – to be confirmed
  • 1155 Speaker/Panel
  • 1200 Breakout for Masterclass
  • 1200 Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin – Blue Chilli Group – CEO & Founder – Just raised $9.5m for startup incubator accelerator – confirmed
  • 1220 Matt Symons  – Society One – CEO & Founder – Just raised $8.5m for p2p lending platform – tbc
  • 1230 Bosco Tan & Alvin Singh – Pocketbook – Co-founders – Just raised 500K after SydStart launch and growing rapidly – confirmed
  • 1235 Benjamin Chong – Founder Institute – Director (Sydney) – One of the largest mentoring and accelerator organisations globally has produced over 1,000 companies. An update and call for their May 12th intake class. Ben is also Director and co-founder of his own VC firm Right Click Capital.
  • 1245 Daniel Noble – Fishburners – General Manager – One of Sydney’s largest startup co-working spaces is getting a makeover, Fishburners 2.0 update from Dan who is a serial entrepreneur is his own right
  • 1255 Lunch
  • 1400 Speaker/Panel
  • 1415 Speaker/Panel
  • 1425 Speaker/Panel
  • 1430 Mike Cannon-Brookes co-founder and CEO of Atlassian on disrupting enterprise and building a multi-billion dollar multi-national startup (MNS)
  • 1445 Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin CEO of BlueChilli on innovation
  • 1500 Afternoon Tea in Expo – Confirmed – Catering by SEC
  • 1520 Speaker
  • 1500 Speaker
  • 1530 – Wave Two – Pitching Competition – People Who Are Trying To Do Stuff – Intro
  • 1535 Startup Trophy Competition – Shortlisted from 180 applicants – Judges assemble – Battle for Prizes decided by Judging Panel
    • 1540 Pitch 1
    • 1550 Pitch 2
    • 1600 Pitch 3
    • 1610 Pitch 4
    • 1620 Pitch 5
    • 1630 Pitch 6
    • 1640 Pitch 7
    • 1650 Pitch 8
    • 1700 Pitch 9
    • 1710 Pitch 10
  • Oversight of the judging process is with thanks to our supporters PwC
  • 1730 – Subject to available time we may also see a pitch from some others that just missed the short list. TBA
  • 1730 Judging and Awards – Startup Trophy
  • 1730 Thank you to sponsors, volunteers, supporters, speakers, community and exhibitors
  • 1730 Drinks
  • 1900 After Parties – Nearby venues

Early Bird Tickets are on Sale now at Eventbrite

Past SydStart Pitchfest Companies

Past SydStart Pitchfest Companies



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Entries are open for the UNSW Sydney Seed Fund Pitch Session

Sydney Seed Fund Team Garry, Ari and Ben

Sydney Seed Fund Team Garry, Ari and Ben

NewSouth Innovations the commercial arm of UNSW has teamed up with the Sydney Seed Fund to run a Pitch Session aimed at UNSW Students and Staff.

I think this is a great initiative and getting closer to some of the funds in the US like Door Room Fund that tries to bridge the gap between family and friends and a VC round given we have a smaller angel scene here in Australia than the angel scene in Silicon Valley and find new businesses right at inception when students have time and opportunity to experiment and find interesting problems.

Sydney Seed fund is an early stage investment fund run by Ari Klinger, Garry Visontay and Ben Chong all successful entrepreneurs with a good history of building new businesses and creating great exits. Both Ari and Ben are old mates of mine who joined Entrepreneurs Organisation around the same time the same time that I did.


They aim to find 25 interesting early stage companies, invest $100,000 and then offer extensive mentoring and support network to get the company to the position to be able to either exit or raise a Series A


  • Be pre-revenue and up to 18 months old
  • Be at least at prototype or near completion stage, up to pre-launch or market testing
  • Be focused primarily on an Internet-based business model or Internet-related technologies
  • Have a clear growth story
  • Have a high quality and committed founding team
  • Have potential for global scalability
  • Have a clear exit mechanism


UNSW Sydney Seed Fund Pitch is a video pitch competition for UNSW students. Participants are required to create a 3-minute video pitch about a great technological idea or online business model, which will be reviewed by senior entrepreneurs in a young investor syndicate for tech startups, Sydney Seed Fund. This is a great opportunity for students who have wanted to found their own startups or even just students which have a great business idea in mind which they believe can become successful.


The Sydney Seed Fund group will select the top 10 video pitches to pitch live in the final event. The winner will receive mentoring from Sydney Seed Fund’s founders and senior entrepreneurs, Benjamin Chong and Garry Visontay; who will offer great advice for you to become a successful entrepreneur.


Pitching sessions

Pitching sessions (Photo credit: lesteph)


Register Now


  • Registration open: 12 August 2013
  • Registration close: 20 September 2013
  • Deadline to receive 3-minute video pitch: 30 September 2013, 11:59 PM
  • The top 10 videos selected as finalists will be announced in early October
  • Pitching talk & Final Pitching Event with Sydney Seed Fund group: 17 October 2013, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM


More information is available here http://www.nsinnovations.com.au/sydney-seed-fund-pitch


* Entrepreneurs Organisation used to be called Young Entrepreneurs Organisation before we all got gray hair and started to age out, EO is a global group of over 6000 entrepreneurs, entry was selective based on having founded or owned a business before the age of 40 which turned over >$1m USD pa. I highly recommend it, its like finding the mothership full of other entrepreneurs




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