Pitch X: Pitch Harder

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Academy Xi

66-68 Devonshire Street

Surry Hills, NSW 2010


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Pitch X is back!

Due to the popularity of Pitch X we’re bringing it back with a vengeance!

Again we’re going to be teaming up with some of Sydney’s best startups, and start-up founders to help you grow your pitching skills and to help grow the Sydney Startup community.

This is a friendly, fun, pitching competition, providing attendees with an opportunity to practice and refine their pitch and progress their startups’ message. We encourage everyone to do a 1-minute pitch; it’s a great way to speak and connect with the startup community. In the pitch, you’ll answer key questions: what problem are you tackling? What is the solution you’re creating?

It doesn’t matter what you’re pitching for:

-Pitch for a co-founder
-Pitch for support
-Pitch for resources
-Pitch for funding

So come on down and just pitch in and pitch us!

Please fill out this form here, if you plan on pitching!


You can pitch in any way, but you may want to try to include which of the following is relevant to you;

  • Intro yourself and/or your team

  • Problem

  • Solution

  • Stage or traction

  • What do you need? Support, funding, resources etc

  • Anything else you want to include

The Night

Anyone can put their hand up to pitch on the night. The first round will consist of 1-minute pitches. Our Judges will choose the top 3 pitches to progress to the 2nd round.

For the second round, select pitches from Academy Xi’s Growth Marketing Class will enter. The judges will then pick the best of round 2 to progress to the finals.

Finalists will make a final pitch to win the night. Stay tuned: We’re lining up some awesome prizes!

Ben Wong

CEO and Co-founder of Academy Xi

CEO and Co-founder of Academy Xi, a future focused education company that provides courses and training programs in the areas of design and technology for youth, to working professionals or companies looking to skill up. Ben has been an advisor for VR companies like Acme Virtual, to mentoring at Nasa Space Apps Hackathon and even WWF’s Designathon. Prior to this he worked across a number of startups from beacon based game apps to hospitality marketplaces. Having spent the last 4+ years in digital education he is on mission to change the world through education by leveraging technology to solve the digital skills gap and make quality education more accessible to all.

Bradley Delamare

Tankstream Ventures and Labs

Bradley Delamare is the CEO for Tank Stream Labs. He is responsible for leading all aspects of Tank Stream Labs business including operations, corporate partnerships, attracting talented entrepreneurs and innovative start up businesses to join the Tank Stream Labs community.

Tank Stream Labs is one of the largest technology co-working community in Australia. It has nearly 100 companies and 300 members along with a successful alumni network.

Prior to Tank Stream Labs, Brad spent more than 10 years at Ernst & Young working within the technology division across Australia and United Kingdom. His career history covers a diverse range of experiences including Accounting, Transaction Services, Business Development and entrepreneurship

Tashi Dorjee

Chief Space Officer at TwoSpace

Tashi’s startup journey began with a love for the environment. Carbon Conservation was the first company to use carbon finance to conserve tropical rainforests. Tashi has also worked partnering with the Googlers to help launch Google Glass in SEA, helping combine bluetooth technology and augmented reality to the tourism sector. Today Tashi is a Co-founder of TwoSpace, partnering with restaurants that are closed during the day and transforming them into a network of co-working spaces

Rajeev Gupta

Partner - Alium Capital Management

Rajeev has 20 years of experience analysing, investing and building technology companies. Rajeev began his career as a graduate at BT Australia. He then joined Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 8 years in the investment group in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York with a focus on listed and unlisted technology companies. Rajeev then utilised his technology experience as a portfolio manager at both Tribeca and Merricks Capital where he ran market neutral technology funds. After a short stint at Macquarie Bank, he then built his own 25-person technology start up called Geckolife. Rajeev has an Honours degree in Finance and Econometrics from the University of Sydney, and mentors several start-ups through his association with Accelerating Commercialization Australia and Founders Institute and sitting as an Advisory Board Member of several unlisted businesses.

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Surry Hills, NSW 2010


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