Everything you need to know about Startup Pitch Competition and Expo

It's been a wonderful buildup to Pause Fest 2019 and we managed to score some incredible experiences (prizes) from the legendary partners. They are Collider QUT CEA, ACMIX and SingularityU Australia!

For thiose that applied to exhibit, good on you! If you haven't already - well, what's the wait? Apply here. You'll get all things paid for a trip to Denmark and US, not to mention the introductions worth a gold and of course feedback from the judges and meeting them on the day.

To put it all straight out there we have created this info post to help you understand the onboarding process, fees, pitch criteria etc. Once we finally secure the judges, they will be updated in here. So let's start it up!

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About Startup Pitch and Expo
When applying for a Creator ticket, you can also apply to be considered for the Pause Incubator, which includes the Startup Expo, Pitch Competition, Speed Date Experts, Accelerator Tasting. If you apply to exhibit through the Creator ticket application, you’ll incur a small additional cost but gain the opportunity to engage with the boldest and brightest startups in the country. Being part of the Startup Expo means you’ll get a chance to join Pitch Competition. You’ll need to have Creator ticket to enter the venue and cover the demo space fee in the Startup Expo.
In 2019, we are only accepting 10 startups to exhibit per day. That’s 30 startups in total. If you don’t exhibit, you can’t qualify to pitch to VCs.
The Startup team selected to pitch at the SU GIC finals may be an exhibitor at Pause Fest and therefore have an MVP, or may have a Moonshot idea that they will pitch. Teams with a Moonshot idea and no MVP are not eligible for the Creative Business Cup Global prize. 
  • All Startups that pitch at Pause Fest are eligible for the SU prize. Over the 3 days of Pause Fest there will be up 30 eligible startups who hold the Creator ticket. 
  • Additionally, the SU component of the event, as it does not require an MVP, can be a Moonshot idea. A separate category/ticket will be created by Pause Fest that will allow for teams with a Moonshot idea to apply. Maximum of 2 will be accepted to pitch each day. These teams are only eligible for the SU opportunity. 
  • Startups with an MVP or Moonshot will need to have their business aligned with one or more of the Global Challenges to qualify for the GIC
  • Applications must be made through an online application platform
  • Pitch format (as per your description); Startups pitch for 90 seconds in the Ignite UtopiaX GIC category with 0 slides and 3 minutes in the final with maximum 15 slides during Pause Fest. Additional information will be provided to the winner re pitch requirements for GIC finals to be held late February.
  • All GIC applicants are invited to attend a 2 day SingularityU Workshop Bootcamp in Canberra late January (dates TBA). Winners of the Pause Fest prize will receive a scholarship covering onsite Bootcamp expenses. Other applicants will pay a minimum fee. Travel to the Bootcamp will be at the expense of each attendee including the winners.
  • The SingularityU Workshop Bootcamp program will feature speakers, workshops, group activities and pitch instruction.
Invite to represent Australia at the Creative Business Cup Global in Denmark by Collider and ACMIX. Full trip paid (4 days)
An opportunity to pitch at the final of the SingularityU Global Impact Challenge (GIC) late February 2019. The winner of the GIC will receive a place in the Global Solutions Program beginning in April 2019. The initial 4 weeks of this program will take place in Denmark, then after an interval there will be another 4 weeks held at NASA Ames, in Cupertino Silicon Valley. Further information will be available early 2019. There will also be 12 months ongoing support offered as part of the program.
Cost to Participate
Startup Expo stand - $300 inc GST
Startups selected for Startup Expo will get complementary Creator ticket ($245 inc GST)
Startups can have as many people at the expo, we recommend 2-3 staffers. To enter the conference and pitch sessions they need to purchase additional Creator ticket. There is no limit on how many Creator tickets you can get but we think three is the optimum for one startup.
Startup Expo stand
As part of the Tech Garden, Startup Expo 2019 will be formalised with specialised stands at the Fed Square Atrium. Pause Fest will print out posters with logos for each startup.
Two streams of prizes, Social Impact and Creative Tech startups. 
It’s a mixed pitch competition with three heats and the final pitch. In each heat two startups will be shortlisted by panel of judges. The final competition will have six startups going for the grand prizes.
  • One startup to win Creative Business Cup. Total of 5 days fully paid by Collider Accelerator and ACMIX.
  • One social impact startup to win opportunity to pitch for the Global Impact Challenge scholarship award. 
Judges TBC
x5 Judges in the heat (VC, Angel, Corporate, Pause, Mentors)
x9 Judges for the final (VC, Angel, Corporate, Pause, Mentors)

Pitch format
Startups will need to pitch for 90 seconds in heats no slides and 3 minutes in the final competition with 15 slides max.
Judges have up to 120 seconds for the feedback or questions per startup.
Pitch criteria 
Elevator Pitch. Traction. Market Validation. Problem & Solution. Product. Business Model. Market Strategy. Team. Financials. Competition. Investment. Overall Feel.
SingularityU GIC Pitch Criteria
To be eligible fo the SU GIC opportunity, your MVP or Moonshot must address the following challenge:
How would you leverage exponential technologies to address Australia's global grand challenges, including:
  • Energy 
  • Environment
  • Food 
  • Shelter 
  • Space 
  • Water
  • Disaster resilience 
  • Governance 
  • Health 
  • Learning 
  • Prosperity  
  • Security
How would this improve the lives of millions of people in Australia and around the globe in 5 - 10 years.
SingularityU GIC Applicant Requirements
  • Applicants must be 21 years or older on the first day of the SU prize program
  • Applicants must be able to participants in the entire SU prize program
  • Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English
SingularityU GIC Ideas/MVP Stage of Development for Entry
In order to participate in the Global Startup Program (GSP), the idea can be at any stage, as long as the startup is incorporated as an entity. The GSP curriculum is stage-agnostic and centres around helping founders deepen their understanding of exponential technology, abundance, convergence, future forecasting, and learning how to build a global business at the billion scale.


Missed the link to apply? Apply here.