What a night for emerging entrepreneurial talent! Seven teams gave their startup pitches their all for a chance to win up to $10K in seed funding.

From regtech to sustainability, HR and more, the University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship students tackled some pressing problems and big market opportunities, both locally and globally.

We were thrilled to be joined by some powerhouse panellists – entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and investors with plenty of skin in the game when it comes to new ideas.

  • Peter Wade – Benefactor, Wade Institute
  • Shane Galligan – Head of Private Clients, Credit Suisse
  • Judy Anderson – CEO, Startup Victoria
  • Nicola Swift – CEO, Head over Heels
  • Rohan Workman – Director, Skalata

Drumroll please…!

The winner of the Credit Suisse ‘Best Startup Pitch’ Award –Curvecrete.

Shane Galligan with Daniel and Warren PAM 2018 winners pitch night

Managing Director of Credit Suisse Shane Galligan (centre) with cofounders of Curvecrete, Daniel Prohasky (left) and Warren Rudd (right). 

Curvecrete is a new robotic mould that easily creates curved concrete panels with minimal waste. Congrats to cofounders Warren Rudd, Daniel Prohasky and Paul Loh, winners of $10,000 in seed funding thanks to Credit Suisse.

The winners of the MYOB People’s Choice Awards were:

1st  prize ($1000) – Avocardo

Hugh, Godwin Avocardo winners MYOB Jo Carroll 2018 pitch night

(From left: Cofounder Daniel Stojanovski, MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll, and cofounders Godwin Shorland and Hugh Laverty)

2nd place ($500) – KELPD

Claire Bremner KELPD Jo Carroll MYOB pitch night 2018

(From left: Founder Claire Bremner and MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll).

3rd place ($250) – FurReal

FurReal 2018 pitch night Jo Carroll MYOB winners

(From left: Cofounder Andrea Zhu, MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll, and cofounders Laven Cao and Kane Guo).

Surprise scholarship winner

Claire Bremner 2018 MOE pitching student

Congratulations to Claire Bremner, Founder of sustainable kelp food company KELPD, who has been named our surprise winner of the Creative Innovation Global Exponential Leader Scholarship. Thanks to Creative Innovation, Claire has a full place to attend and present at the Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific conference, 3 months free hot-desking at Dimension5 co-working, and more!

Congratulations to all who pitched, and to all 2018 University of Melbourne Master of Entrepreneurship students for their amazing achievements this year. We can’t wait to see where your newfound entrepreneurial skills take you!