Pitch Night: Impact

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The Goods Shed

710 Collins Street

Docklands, VIC 3008


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Calling all founders!

This September Startup Victoria will be partnering with Giant Leap to find impact startups who fuse profit with purpose.

We're looking for founders to pitch on the night who are using high growth business as a force for good. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love you to get in touch.

Impact startups’ are commercially minded businesses driving positive social or environmental change, such as:

  • Sendle – Australia’s only carbon neutral delivery service helping Australian small businesses thrive.

  • Your Grocer – An online platform connecting consumers with local, independent shops.

  • Switch Automation – SaaS data analytics platform helping building managers reduce electricity use.

  • GlamCorner – Australia’s leading designer dress rental platform shifting consumers away from fast fashion.

  • Perx – A mobile app that uses gamification and behavioural psychology to improve medication adherence.

  • Goterra – A waste management business that diverts organic waste from landfill, feeds it to black soldier flies, and turns flies into sustainable livestock feed.

  • Future Super – Australia’s only super fund that is 100% free of fossil-fuel investments.

  • Applied – A recruitment platform that removes unconscious bias from the hiring process with behavioural science principles.

  • Academy Xi – A future-focused education business providing employment pathways for graduates and newly redundant roles.

  • Full Cycle Bioplastics – Turns organic waste into compostable, marine-degradable plastics.

  • Work180 – A jobs platform showcasing the best workplaces for women and encouraging businesses to do better with gender policies and representation.

If you want to put your startup in front of a panel of VCs, industry experts, and a great supportive crowd of engineers, designers, marketers and fellow entrepreneurs, this is for you.

To apply, simply fill in this form by COB 12th September. Shortlisted applicants will be confirmed by September 16th.

To come and support the startups selected for the night, please register a ticket.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Did you know?

Businesses that do good, do better. 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand. This number is even higher for Millennials with 73% indicating a similar preference. [1]

With an estimated intergenerational wealth transfer to Millennials of $59 trillion over the coming years [2], the time is now for impact businesses!

[1] AC Nielsen 2015, Consumer goods brands that demonstrate commitment to sustainability outperform

[2] Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy


  • 13 August - Applications Open

  • 12 September - Applications Close

  • 13 September - Shortlisted applicants announced

  • 19 September - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)

  • 20 September- Finalists announced

  • 24 September- Impact Pitch Night!!

To Apply:

Prize Package:

  • Private dinner with Simon Griffiths (of Who Gives a Crap) and Alison Hardacre (of HealthKit)

  • Giant Leap Fund: 45 minute mentoring session with the Giant Leap team

  • Academy Xi: 3 online programs to the value of $1,000 each, OR a $3,000 course credit for a part-time or full-time course

  • OneRoof: A spot at the table of their dinner series partnership with Microsoft for Startups. The next dinner in November being focused within the impact space. This dinner will include a guest speaker who offers value within the industry and facilitate genuine conversation, connections, and friendships.

  • Austrade: Participation in the Landing Pads program at a location of your choice (Singapore, Berlin, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Shanghai)

  • AWS: $5,000 AWS Credit to the winner and $1,000 AWS Credit to finalists

  • Crazy Domains: 1 x hour consultation with a web expert and free comprehensive website health check, valued at $279

  • Coglan Duffy & Co: 1 x hour of free legal advice

  • Connect Labs: $4000 worth sales and marketing technology audit for your startup to get found, get leads and get customers

  • General Assembly: $1000 credit for classes & workshops, valid for 1 year

  • Law Squared: $2500 credit to use the Cubed by Law Squared platform

  • Northraine: 10 hours x machine learning training and consultation

  • Prime Financial: 4hours x consultation for winner and 2hours x consultation for finalists

  • SendGrid: $5,000 credit to winner and $3,000 credit to finalists

  • Stripe: $50,000 of volume waived of Stripe fees

  • SquarePeg Capital: 30mins x consultation with the team

  • Free tickets for all finalist founders to the Startup Grind APAC 2019 Conference, valued at $300


Kylie Charlton

Kylie Charlton is the chief investment officer of and represents Australian Impact Investments as a venture partner for the Giant Leap VC fund. She has worked in Australia and internationally at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, impact investment and philanthropy since 2004. Kylie is a co-founder of Unitus Capital, a member of the Investment Committee for the DFAT supported Investing in Women initiative of Patamar Capital, Chair for RIAA’s Impact Investing Forum, working group member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, and awardee of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2018.

Valeria Ignatieva

Valeria Ignatieva is Co-CEO & Founder of WORK180. WORK180 is a jobs platform connecting talented women with progressive employers by pre-screening employers on amount of paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working and much more. This information is transparent on the WORK180 website and companies have improved their policies in order to advertise jobs. Established in 2015, WORK180 has raised $4.2 million from investors including Skip Capital, the private investment fund of Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar. In 2018, WORK180 launched in the UK and are set to launch in the US to continue on their mission “ To put an end to workplace discrimination, so that everyone is valued equally and businesses can enjoy the benefits of a truly diverse workforce.”

Morgan Ranieri

Morgan's interests are leadership and service. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of YourGrocer and serves on the board of Startup Victoria. Before YourGrocer, he co-founded Thankyou Group.

Your Grocer is, The best local shops, in one delivery.

The big idea is that most Australian's prefer the quality, range and value for money that local butchers, bakers and greengrocer provide, but ultimately we need convenience - so we end up at Coles or Woolies. We remove the friction of local shopping by aggregating and delivery from multiple shops, with a few clicks. We deliver right across Melbourne

Daniel Madhavan

Dan is the CEO of Impact Investment Group, a leading Australian impact investment funds manager. The IIG mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact and to lead by example in using all of its resources to create the world we want to live in.

Dan joined IIG in 2017 after almost three years serving as the founding CEO of Impact Investing Australia, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to growing and developing impact investing as a field and ecosystem. Previously, he had a distinguished 12-year career at JB Were and Goldman Sachs JB Were, where he served in a variety of roles including as Acting CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Head of NSW.

In addition to his executive experience, Dan is Chair of YGAP, a non-profit organization supporting impact entrepreneurs in developing countries, and is a Director of Sanfilippo Children's Foundation.


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Mike Davis

Mike is the creator and host of the popular Humans of Purpose podcast, where each week he hosts conversations with leaders from Australia’s business, startup, philanthropy, and social purpose sectors. He is also a Director at SIMNA, Australia’s peak social impact measurement network. Mike previously founded Purposeful, a social impact consultancy and B Corp where he worked with clients ranging from global top tier law firms to government departments and innovative MedTech startups. Mike currently works as Head of Strategy at TaskForce Community Agency- a fast-growing not for profit in South East Melbourne.


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Frank Guzman

I'm passionate about Human-centred design, collaboration, leadership and new models of education that helps shape a pathway for individuals to transform their lives.

For the past 3 years, I've had the pleasure of immersing myself in Australia's Design and Emerging Tech communities at Academy Xi. My experience draws from design and entrepreneurship to lead high-performing teams and helping businesses thrive and innovate. I've been lucky enough to drive Academy Xi’s growth from 0 over 10,000 community members and more than 500 students graduate from our Melbourne Campus alone.

My passion lies in helping to shape the future of the creative industry.

Major Sponsor:

Giant Leap Fund Logo

Giant Leap is Australia’s first venture capital fund that is 100% dedicated to investing in impact startups – rapidly scalable businesses that blend financial returns with real and measurable social and environmental benefits.

Giant Leap is actively deploying capital into commercial, scalable startups that are committed to creating a better world. The Giant Leap team is made up of experienced investors, founders and commercial advisors with an extensive cross-sector network to create new pathways for global growth. We are founder friendly and committed to helping startups scale their businesses and, in turn, scale their impact.

Giant Leap is backed by the Impact Investment Group, a leading Australian funds manager whose mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact. Impact Investment Group has over $750 million in assets under management across commercial real estate, renewable energy infrastructure and venture capital.

We believe that investing in businesses that do good, is simply good business.

Venue Sponsor:

Stone & Chalk is Australasia's leading independent, not-for-profit innovation hub with locations in Sydney Melbourne and Adelaide and the support of 27 corporate partners.

Their 680 residents compose of 140 startups and 6 accelerators/ incubators in the building enjoying customised Mentor programs, Office hours with Industry leaders, Introductions to corporate partners and to date have raised over $330M in capital.

Stone & Chalk fosters and accelerates the development of world-leading technology startups and act as a centre of gravity for the innovation ecosystem.

Official Event Staffing Provider:


Weploy is creating an empowered and fearless workforce and building the world's best community of on-demand short-term office support staff.

Official Catering Service:

Pawa means ‘to cook’ in Gundijtmara language from the South West coast of Victoria.

Pawa Catering & Events are an experienced couple. With over 20 years combined experience with a passion for quality food. Their plan is to bring fresh produce to our clients using local and Indigenous ingredients, presenting high quality food to all.

Packaging Partner:

Pak360 use tree-free and petroleum plastic free materials to manufacturer our products. All materials are either left over after food production (e.g. wheat straw and sugarcane) or grown specifically for the purpose (e.g. bamboo). This means the products we sell are suitable for commercial composting (unless specified).

Waste Management Partner:

Each year, Australians send over 7 million tonnes of food/organic waste to landfill, wasting precious resources and releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. It doesn't have to be this way. Waste Ninja is a specialist waste management business committed to the source-separation, collection and recovery of food/organic waste. We've partnered with Australia's leading providers of organic recovery solutions to take the hassle out of organics recycling, delivering convenient/responsible waste management solutions that work for you.

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710 Collins Street

Docklands, VIC 3008


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