Apply for Startup Cup

Enter the Student Startup Festival Startup Cup for a chance to meet amazing mentors, exposure and an opportunity to win the ultimate startup experience. In order to be eligible, please ensure that you meet all of the following.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one of the founders have to be currently enrolled as a university OR high school student at the time of the Finals Pitch in October 2018.
  • Must be based in Sydney or NSW (regional applicants must be willing to travel to semi-finals and grand finals)


Getting your team registered

Written Applications

Step 1.

Send in a Written Application including a one-page summary of your business, it’s market and product. Please also include a full pitch deck.

TechSydney and Textbook Ventures will review this according to the “Judging Criteria” listed below


Step 2.

The top 16 student startups in NSW will be invited to pitch in front of TechSydney and Textbook Ventures in a semi-final behind closed doors.

Startups will be judged on the quality of their pitch. The 8 best startups will get to pitch on the night of the Festival.

Festival Night

Step 3.

The Grand Final of the Startup Cup will take place at the Student Startup Festival (25th October).

Student startups will pitch to and be judged by a panel of startup investors who will choose one startup to be the “2018 Best Student Startup in NSW”.

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Details to be confirmed - stay tuned!