12 December 2018

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


YBF Ventures, Level 1, Ballroom, 520 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Event Details

For the grand finale Pitch X for 2018, we’re thrilled to be teaming up with Melbourne Silicon Beach,  YBF Ventures, and TwoSpace to present this mega pitch night!

Together, we’re on a mission to help connect, motivate, and grow startups.

Bringing together experts from across the startup landscape, our amazing judges will provide entrepreneurs and the startup community with the perfect pitching platform.

Pitch X is a friendly pitching competition open to anyone who wants to pitch for a co-founder, investor, mentor, support, or just practice.

We encourage everyone to do a 90 seconds pitch where you’ll need to answer key questions:


What problem are you tackling? What solution are you creating?

The pitch

Pitch how you want, however, you may want to include the following;

  • Intro yourself and/or your team
  • Talk about the problem you’re solving
  • Reveal your solution
  • Tell the judges what stage your startup is at and what traction you’ve received
  • What you’re pitching for? Support, funding, resources etc

The night

Round one:

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

Round two:

For the second round, finalists will have five minutes to pitch. The Judges will then pick the best in this round to win! We’re lining up some awesome prizes, so stay tuned!

Register to pitch or attend:

Keen to pitch your idea? Register here

If you’d simply like to attend, submit your registration in the link below!

The prizes

1st place

  • 2x permanent desks at YBF for 3 consecutive months (valued at $4,200) *Note: Desks must be used by people from the same company
  • 1x hotdesking at TwoSpace for 3 months
  • 1x one-hour intensive pitch coaching session from Simpateco
  • 1x $1,000 course credit voucher from Academy Xi
  • 6 months access to Brandollo — generate customised marketing, PR and branding plans, as well as marketing tutorial content and team workflow and planning tools!

2nd place

  • 1x permanent desk at YBF for one month (valued at $700)
  • 1x hotdesking at TwoSpace for 3 months
  • 1x $500 course credit voucher from Academy Xi
  • 1x FREE Digital Growth Marketing bootcamp at Academy Xi (valued at $100)

3rd place

  • 1x Hotdesking at TwoSpace for one month
  • 1x FREE Digital Growth Marketing bootcamp at Academy Xi (valued at $100)



Dan O'Grady

Co-Founder at Simpateco

A lifetime fascination with language and ideas combined with a career in sales and marketing lead me to co-found Simpateco. Our mission is to help founders communicate their purpose clearly and powerfully.

In a content filled world the ability to make a meaningful connection with their audience is vital to startups. I collaborate with founders to make their big ideas simple and relatable, equipping them with soft skills to deliver their message and make an impact.

Along side this, I am an organiser with Melbourne Silicon Beach and enjoy connecting like-minded people to grow and strengthen the local startup community.

Nikki Ricks

Membership Coordinator at Scale Investors Ltd

Nikki is a business consultant for creative scalable women-owned businesses at Feminest. She hosts retreats, workshops, masterminds, dinners, book clubs, and works with women one-on-one to turn their dreams into realities. She also works as the Angel Coordinator at Scale Investors, the only female focused investor fund in Australia. In her free time she mentors at Now to Launch, a food business incubator supporting refugees.

Brian McCarthy

Founder at Brandollo

Brian McCarthy is the Founder of Brandollo, an easy to use platform that delivers affordable marketing and branding advice to small businesses. Brian is a former PitchX winner and has over 16 years experience in Marketing and Technology having worked with over 200 brands around the world.

Courtney Blackman

Head of PR & Marketing at YBF Ventures

Courtney Blackman is the Head of PR & Marketing at YBF Ventures – Melbourne’s flagship startup hub for tech and innovation. Prior to living in Melbourne, Courtney founded two startups in London, centred around print and digital publishing, media relations and fashion.

She has worked with some of the largest brands and well-known faces in the world. In 2015 she sold one of the businesses and still helms one of the digital publications as editor-in-chief. She has featured in media around the world including CNN Style, Business of Fashion, Vogue, and NBC’s Today Show.

Courtney champions diversity in tech and was the director of the 2018 Lift Off Awards in Melbourne, celebrating women and cultural minorities in fintech.

Sid Verma

Founder & Executive Director at BrainSTEM

As the founder of BrainSTEM and Peak15 HealthTech, Sid brings both his 22 years’ experience in technology and knowledge gleaned from developing the next generation of STEM leaders. Sid is a vocal advocate for diversity in tech and an engaged supporter of women in STEM programs

Dates and fees


12 December 2018

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



YBF Ventures,
Level 1,
520 Bourke Street,
Melbourne 3000

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