03 December 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, Level 3/45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Event description

StartupBlink’s latest research report shows that Australia has jumped six places to become the 5th most startup friendly country in the world. The rapid ascension of the likes of Canva, Prospa and Atlassian have proven just how strong the Aussie startup ecosystem has become.

At Academy Xi we love connecting, supporting and growing startups. By regularly hosting our Pitch X Night, we provide opportunities for applicants to pitch their business or idea in pursuit of investment and mentorship. 

Whether you’re already founder, a budding entrepreneur, or merely looking for inspiration, join us at our Pitch X Winners – Road to success where former Pitch X winners will share their experience of creating and delivering their business pitches. 

Our panelists discuss the importance of getting comfortable with being on stage, as well as sharing their unique entrepreneurial journeys.


Lily Dempster

CEO & Founder | The Neighbourhood Effect

Lily is a 30-year old climate change activist from Canberra. She is the CEO and founder of The Neighbourhood Effect. The Neighbourhood Effect is building a green fitness-style mobile app that uses behavioural science to make it easy, social and rewarding for you to reduce your carbon footprint, adopt new green habits, and support eco-friendly businesses and community initiatives.

Lily was formerly GetUp’s Market Impact Director, where she ran consumer campaigns, helping 20,000 Australians switch to low carbon products online. Lily has a background in strategic consulting, advocacy, law and public policy and is an expert in climate change mitigation and behaviour change.

Lily is a Foundation for Young Australians 2017 Young Social Pioneer, a SheStarts alumnus (an accelerator program for female founders of tech startups with venture technology firm Blue Chilli), the winner of the 2017 Allens Social Innovation Competition, and a national finalist in the Climate Launchpad competition for innovative green businesses.

Tony Tan

Founder & CEO of Silfresh

Tony Tan is the Founder & CEO of Silfresh Sustainable Packaging. Silfresh is a packaging innovation company creating environmentally responsible and cost-effective products to reduce single-use plastic. They focus on designing custom silicone products to meet the needs of companies in the food industry, including Woolworths, Qantas, luxury hotel chains and local butchers.

Yuan Wang

Tech Founder & UX Specialist

Yuan is co-founder and Head of Product at Studio Ninja, the world’s best-reviewed business app for photographers. He is also CEO and co-founder of Yump, a multi-award-winning UX agency specialising in user experience design for cause-based organisations. With over 13 years of experience in interaction design, he is passionate about creating customer experiences via lean UX and co-design principles. He's a regular speaker at UX Australia, ADMA courses and technology meetups.

Dates and fees


03 December 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3/45 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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