Pitch Night: The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders

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Pitch Night: The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders

Startup Victoria and Rampersand VC introduce The Secret Pitch - a fair go for all founders. We want to identify the state's most promising diverse founders and give them the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of expert investors...

... But there's a twist!

The identity of the founders will be obscured from the judges - just like The Voice Blind auditions, pre-conceived notions around gender, ethnicity, background, physical ability will be removed so judges focus exclusively on the content.

The vast majority of VC funding globally goes to white, heterosexual, male founders. While research suggests Victoria is better than average, there are significant cohorts of founders underfunded which leaves a major gap in the ecosystem. This event will kick start a year-long program at Rampersand VC to enhance inclusion and diversity across the Australian landscape and we want the entire ecosystem to get involved.


  • 11 July - Applications Open

  • 6 August - Applications Close

  • 8 August - Shortlisted applicants announced

  • 13 August - Pitch Training & Selection Session (for shortlisted applicants)

  • 14 August - Finalists announced

  • 20 August - The Secret Pitch

To Apply:

Rampersand Feature Panel:

Prize Package:

  • 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

Major Partner:

Venue Partner:

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.

Photos and video may be taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes. Your attendance at this event is considered as implied consent for the use of these photographs for these purposes.

All attendees to Startup Victoria's event must comply to our Startup Victoria Events Code of Conduct.

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