Startup Vic x Giant Leap: Impact Pitch Night

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This October Startup Victoria is partnering with Giant Leap to find impact startups who fuse profit with purpose.

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Calling all impact founders!

As the social and environmental challenges facing our local communities continue to intensify, we are seeing more consumers demanding ethical products, more employees demanding purposeful work, and more investors realising the financial outperformance of ethical assets.

Over the last 5 years, the percentage of impact startups as a proportion of all funded Australian startups has increased 1.5x from 15% to 23%. That's almost a quarter of all funded startups!

Startup Vic and Giant Leap are excited to shine a spotlight on the founders who are building businesses that are changing the world for the better. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love you to apply!

Impact startupsare commercially minded businesses that have social or environmental good embedded into the business model, such as:

  • Who Gives A Crap - Toilet paper subscription service that donates 50% profits to build toilets in the developing world.
  • Goterra – A waste management business that diverts organic waste from landfill, feeds it to black soldier flies, and turns flies into sustainable livestock feed.
  • Applied – A recruitment platform that removes unconscious bias from the hiring process with behavioural science principles.
  • Amber - Moving the world towards renewable energy by providing wholesale prices directly to energy consumers.
  • Work180 – A jobs platform showcasing the best workplaces for women and encouraging businesses to do better with gender policies and representation.
  • Mindset - Mobile hypnotherapy programs that help people manage and improve their health, without drugs or diets.
  • Seer Medical - Creating new clinical care pathways for diagnosing and managing neurological, cardiac and sleep conditions.

Four finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants to pitch on the night to a room of industry professionals, fellow founders and an expert panel of judges. The winner will be the proud recipient of The Startup Vic Prize Package, full of business goodies for you and your startup!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO PITCH NOW - Applications close 17 October!


23 September - Applications open

17 October - Applications close

18 October - Shortlisted applicants announced

20 October - Pitch training for shortlisted applicants

21 October - Finalists announced

26 October - Pitch Night!

Want to learn more about the impact startup ecosystem?

Click here to read Giant Leap's Impact Startups Benchmark Report 2021.

Sign up to Small Steps by Giant Leap for fortnightly stories on the impact startups space.

Watch Startup Vic's Startup Success Series: How to Build Profitable Impact Startups with Giant Leap on YouTube here.


Get your ticket now!

Register to attend Startup Vic x Giant Leap: Impact Pitch Night to discover local startups using business as a force for good!


Startup Vic Prize Package

  • Airwallex: First $100K of foreign exchange free on Airwallex ($0 fees, 0% margin) for winner
  • AWS: $10,000 AWS Credit to the winner and $5,000 AWS Credit to finalists
  • Cogent: 3 hour product review and strategy session with a senior product manager, developer or UX designer
  • Cake Equity: Free Cake Equity subscription for 1 year + 1 hour Mentoring / Consult on Capital Raising or Employee Shares.
  • Giant Leap: 1 x hour of mentoring with the Giant Leap team and $100 gift voucher for Who Gives A Crap.
  • LUNA: Free 1 hour consultation for both legal & accounting services followed by a 25% discount on services (valid for 30 days after relevant consult in legal or financial services)
  • MYOB: 1 free year of MYOB Essentials Accounting + Payroll (valued at $720) for the winner from MYOB. Plus, a feature on the MYOB blog
  • Paytron: Free Paytron account to the winner for twelve months (a $588 saving)
  • Pin Payments: A $300 restaurant voucher from a selected list of Obee venues such as Bar Liberty, Capitano and Supernormal
  • Pfizer: 1 x hour mentoring with a Pfizer senior leader
  • SendGrid: $5,000 credit to winner and $3,000 credit to finalists
  • Standard Ledger: There's no one-size-fits-all prize for startups so we've got two for you to choose from: Get the financial direction you need to feel confident in your decisions - 50% off our financial modelling service (prize value: $1,500) OR If you need more time in your day to focus on the big things, let us handle your bookkeeping - get your first 3 months free on a 12-month package (prize value: $960)
  • Stripe: $50,000 of volume waived of Stripe fees
  • Tability: 1-hour goal mentoring session with the Tability team + 1-year of Tability 2.0 essentials subscription for free
  • Rampersand: One hour of mentoring from one of the team at Rampersand
  • William Buck: 30 min R&D Incentives consultation with Rita Choueiri, Head of R&D Tax Incentives at William Buck

People's Choice Awards Prize

  • Giant Leap: $100 gift voucher for Who Gives A Crap

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Giant Leap

Giant Leap was launched in 2016 as Australia’s first venture capital fund 100% dedicated to investing in impact startups. To date, Giant Leap has invested in 21 companies that can deliver superior financial returns alongside real and measurable social and environmental benefits, and has consistently performed in the top quartile of funds of its vintage.


LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.


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