Pitch Night


Iron Woman

Best Start Up Pitch

My Solar Guru

Runner Up – Best Startup Pitch



People’s Choice Award

Showcase recap

What a night! In a Pitch Night like no other, we were blown away by the five teams who gave it their all for the chance to secure a share of $10K in seed funding. 

From energy security in Pakistan to mental health and wellbeing, Australian honey, iron deficiency testing and investment tools for young people, this year’s pitches were as diverse as they were inspiring, tackling some pressing problems and big market opportunities. 

While all of the pitches were incredible, there can only be one winner, and top honours went to Iron WoMan, founded by Karolina Petkovic!

Congratulations as well to our runner up, My Solar Gurus, founded by Komal Sajid and Zara Abbas, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award Inaam founded by Arjun Agarwal.

A big thanks to everyone who came along, as well as our incredible entrepreneurs, MC queen Claire Brown, our esteemed judging panel and everyone else who made last night possible. 

Showcase startups

Iron WoMan Logo

Iron WoMan

Founder: Karolina Petkovic 

Winner – Best Startup Pitch

My Solar Gurus Logo

My Solar Gurus

Co-founders: Komal Sajid and Zara Abbas

Runner up – Best Startup Pitch

Inaam Logo


Founder: Arjun Agarwal

Winner – People’s Choice Award

Australian Honey Hub Logo

Australian Honey Hub

Founder: Valentina Samac

I Am Mindful Logo

I Am Mindful

Founder: Stephanie Silberberg

Judging panel

Peter Wade

Benefactor, Wade Institute


Judy Anderson

CEO, Startup Victoria

Ariane Barker

CEO, Scale Investors,
VC Catalyst alumna



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