26 June 2018 | 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Event details

Pitch X is back, and we are thrilled to be teaming up with startup ecosystem leaders to bring you a Winter pitch special.  We are inviting early-stage teams or individuals to present their idea for feedback, praise, prizes and potentially more.


Whether you are in ideation, validation, prototype or even beta, if your idea is digital we want to hear about it. Present your idea and tell us who or what you are pitching for — it could be for support, testers, mentors, co-founders, devs, investors, or just to get some pitching practice.


We will bring a room full of experts from across the startup landscape and some amazing judges to provide entrepreneurs and the startup community with the perfect pitching platform.


This is a friendly, fun, pitching competition, providing attendees with an opportunity to practice and refine your pitch and progress your startups’ message.


How the Night will Run

Pitching :

Anyone can put their hand up to pitch on the night, but spots are likely to fill up in advance.  To ensure your spot, register to pitch here. You will get 90 seconds to pitch and you might 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

Judging :

Judges will ask you up to three questions after your 90-second pitch. They will also take a question from the audience, which will help to form an opinion of your pitch and product.

Our judging panel will be considering the confidence and skill of the presentation and the following product characteristics:

  • Customer
  • Product
  • Timing
  • Competition
  • Team


Our Judging Panel will include:

  • Charles Nave: Partnerships at YBF Ventures
  • Steph Aromataris: Advice at Academy Xi
  • Lenny Manor: Growth Marketing Strategist and Consultant
  • Monika Streuer: Vice President at Mooqita, PHD Candidate at RMIT
  • Tish Tambakau: Innovation Manager, Dentsu Aegis Network

Prizes : 

We hope that all pitchers will get invaluable experience and advice from participating, but if that’s not reason enough to participate we have some terrific prizes including


1st Place:

  • 2 casual memberships at YBF for three months ($2,400)
  • $1000 voucher for any Academy Xi Course + 1 x FREE Bootcamp
  • 3 months FREE co-working at Two-Space
  • $2,500 in legal services from Cubed by Law Squared



  • One casual membership at YBF for one month ($400).
  • $500 Voucher for Academy Xi + 1 x FREE Bootcamp
  • 1-month FREE co-working at Two-Space
  • $1,000 in legal services from Cubed by Law Squared

Monika Streuer

Vice President at Mooqita & PHD candidate at RMIT

Monika has a background in engineering, computer science and management, always somehow connected to innovation. Last year, while living in San Francisco, Monika co-founded education-focused non-profit Mooqita.

Currently, Monika is doing a PhD in Management, researching how digitisation is changing knowledge transfer and what influence it has on business models.

Steph Aromataris

Advice at Academy Xi

Formally trained in User Experience Design and Growth Marketing, Steph has a passion for the startup world. Through providing advice for professionals and entrepreneurs alike whom seek to up-skill or transition in the tech and design worlds, Steph has supported many into taking their next steps with their careers and business – most recently in her role at Academy Xi, a startup itself.

Charlie Nave

Corporate Partnerships at YBF Ventures

Charlie started his career at M&C Saatchi London in 2003, before shifting to institutional finance where, based mostly from Singapore, he advised some of the world’s most prominent hedge funds and investors.  Most recently Charlie has been actively involved in the startup and innovation landscape as an advisor to the Houston Technology Centre (HTC) and as an investor and founder within FinTech (SmartKarma) and Men’s Health (Dads Group Inc).  He has also advised a number corporations on innovation strategy before joining the team at YBF Ventures this year.

Lenny Manor

Growth Marketing Strategist and Consultant

Lenny Manor is an instructor, mentor and consultant to startup teams aiming for growth, he’s worked with ASX listed businesses, International E-commerce startups, and Australian Small Businesses to give them the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. With a focus on Growth, Strategy and Digital he is the Lead Growth Marketing Instructor at Academy Xi and has been named one of the top 45 conversion rate optimisation specialists worldwide.

Tish Tambakau

Innovation Manager, Dentsu Aegis Network

A winner of B&T’s 30 Under 30 Technology category in 2018, Tish brings her diverse background in entrepreneurship, digital advertising and design to her role as Innovation Manager at one of Australia’s largest media groups, Dentsu Aegis Network. Tish’s role is to ensure that innovation remains front of mind for over 1,900 staff across ANZ, developing market-leading programmes, events and thought-leadership opportunities that empower Dentsu Aegis’ people and clients in the innovation space. What makes her stand out is her ability to see something through from start to finish, invent out-of-the-box solutions and her constant need to turn a great idea into an unforgettable experience.

Dates and fees
26 June
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


YBF Ventures,
520 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000