19 June 2019

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


YBF Ventures, 520 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Details

The winter solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness in the year and is believed to hold powerful energy for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection. It may be Winter, our latest Pitch X is hotter than ever.

At our special Winter wonderland Pitch X, 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 enter for a chance to pitch where you’ll need to answer key questions:

  • What problem are you tackling?
  • What solution are you creating to address this problem?

The pitch

Pitch how you want, however, we encourage you 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:

A number of selected pitches will be asked to prepare a 90-second pitch. Our judges will choose the top three pitches to progress to the 2nd round.

If you’ve been selected to pitch on the night, you’ll receive notification from our team before-hand, so look out for us in your emails!

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  (Registrations are closed!)

Keen to pitch your idea? Our Pitch X has been successful in nurturing the startup community with many contestants and winners going off to do amazing things (including participating in accelerators in San Francisco!) More than this, it is a great night for everyone to get together, network, and spark creative ideas.

 Register to pitch here and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.

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

1st Prize

YBF Ventures

  • Fixed desks for 2 team members for 3 consecutive months (valued at $2,100)

Academy Xi

  • $500 credit for any bootcamps or workshops

Melbourne Angels Inc

  • Angel Investment training workshops for 2 founders (valued at $490)

Clearpoint Ventures

  • 2-hour R&D Tax claim service (valued at $2000)

2nd Prize

YBF Ventures

  • Fixed desk for 2 team members for 1 month (valued at $1,400)

Academy Xi

  • $300 credit for any bootcamps or workshops

Clearpoint Ventures

  • 1-hour R&D Tax claim consultation (valued at $1000)

3rd Prize

Academy Xi

  • $200 credit for any bootcamps or workshops


This time all the attendees will have a chance to win some prizes as well!

RSVP and come along to our winter edition Pitch X Night: Winter Solstice




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.

Karen Finch

CEO of Legally Yours

Fusing together her legal background, recruitment expertise and passion for shaking up the legal sector, Karen is passionate about facilitating faster, easier and more transparent access to fixed-fee lawyers in Australia. Through Legally Yours, Karen wants to create Australia’s largest fixed-fee legal network of lawyers, whilst also providing greater access for the community to experienced lawyers in a convenient, simple and fast way (think Uber for legal advice!) A Legally Yours lawyer won’t send you a “surprise” invoice, they won’t speak legal jargon to you, and they will always provide transparent delivery of legal services to their clients every time - guaranteed. Legally Yours - Access to Legal Services Simplified!

Paul Baron

Adviser, Consultant & Startup Investor

Paul is an active and enthusiastic Silicon Beacher and he is a member of Melbourne Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups in Australia. He could be seen at many of our Open Coworking Days (OCWDs) chatting with our early stage founders. He works hard to extend the engagement of angel investors with the startup community, building relationships between coworking spaces and contributing to the startup ecosystem.

Nick Delija

Chief Technology Officer of Linfox

Linfox is Asia Pacific’s largest privately-owned logistics company with operations employing more than 24,000 people and spanning 12 countries. Everyday Linfox’s multinational team deliver food, medicines and resources across those 12 countries.

Delivering more than $60 billion a year in goods across a network of more than 200 warehouses, Linfox works with some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. The systems behind their people, fleet and warehouses make Linfox one of the safest and most efficient logistics companies in the Asia Pacific region.

Nick is an experienced C-Level executive with a demonstrated history of working in the retail, logistics and supply chain industry.

Nick is skilled in program delivery, strategy, architecture and business process. He strives to bring technology to the table as a key enabler to deliver true business value.

Dates and fees


19 June 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:30 pm



YBF Ventures,
520 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000

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