Young Starters' Competition
Up to $45,000 in prizes to be won!

The Young Starters' Competition can help connect you with leading innovators, develop your business skills and help get your startup idea ready for investors. The competitive program gives you the chance to:

  • Learn how to be a successful entrepreneur or build on existing business skills
  • See entrepreneurship as a career pathway
  • Develop and pitch ideas to investors
  • Win prizes geared towards helping turn your ideas into a new business
  • Unleash your potential to make a lasting contribution to Queensland’s prosperity.

There are plenty of great prizes on offer which may include:

An entrepreneurial skills program for your school

Up to $5,000 for your

Co-working space for your startup

Participation in the Startup Catalyst Youth Mission

Want to enter the competition?

Young entrepreneurs can join the competition using the button below. Learn More to discover how the first stages of the competition work, and don't forget to read the Terms & Conditions before registering!


1. Activities Stage

Earn points based on entrepreneurial activities you complete and share on social media. Leaders at the end of the Stage 1 will be invited to pitch to win a place at an exclusive startup bootcamp and the chance to win the major prizes.

Learn more about the activities you can complete here!

Stage 1 closes 31 May, 2018 @ 4pm


2. Pitch Video

The top 30 individuals or teams are invited to produce a short, 3-5 minute pitch video to demonstrate their entrepreneurial potential to our expert judging panel.

Watch some of the awesome pitch videos from last year here!

Stage 2 closes 6 July, 2018.

3. Pitch Bootcamp

20 individuals will be selected, based on their pitch videos, to attend the Pitch Bootcamp weekend. All 20 will receive invaluable tips and tricks for their startups in preperation for the Pitch Breakfast.

Pitch Bootcamp to be held on 21-22 July, 2018.

4. Pitch Breakfast

Up to ten teams will be selected from the bootcamp to present a live pitch at the Young Starters’ Competition Pitch Breakfast. The winners will then be announced!

Pitches to be held on 23 July, 2018.

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