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Venture Cup

With $20,000 in prize money and one-on-one coaching from successful founders, learn how to develop your business pitch so you stand out from the crowd.



Venture Cup is an annual pitching competition led by Swinburne's Innovation Precinct.

If you could use some funding to kick start your startup - this is the place to be! We’re giving $20,000 to a founder who delivers an outstanding pitch. Convince us your business idea is best-in-class by telling us about the market potential of your venture and how it addresses an unmet need for your target customers.

Your journey through Venture Cup starts by submitting a video entry of your pitch. This will help us decide who will participate as a finalist for the Venture Cup pitch night. Finalists will receive one-on-one coaching from the Innovation Precinct team, and successful founders.

To prepare you for the fierce competition, we have created a series of workshops to help you develop your winning pitch. Come along to our story telling workshop to find out how to share your startup story in a succinct and engaging way.

Venture Cup is a pitch competition open to early-stage ventures that are pre-investor funded. To be eligible for the program, a founder from your team must be a current Swinburne student, staff, or alumni.


The Venture Cup is perfect for you if you are:

  • An individual or team with an idea or product.
  • Open to refining your pitch and able to attend all pitch coaching sessions.
  • Looking for experienced mentors and facilitators to help refine your pitch.
  • A Swinburne student, staff, or alumni (to be eligible for the program, a founder from your team must meet this criteria point).

Key dates 2019

30 July Info night/how to pitch workshop
6 August Storytelling workshop
30 August Applications close
17 September - 15 October Pitch coaching
17 October Venture Cup pitch event