We partnered up with the ecosystem's largest players to provide the ULTIMATE STARTUP EXPERIENCE to the best student-founded startups.

Will it be you?

The Best Student Startups.
One Night.

Eight of the best student startups will take part on the “Student Startup Cup” and pitch in front of startup investors from the ecosystem. The Startup Cup is the main event of the night and brings together the best student startups.

Win the

Ultimate Startup Experience

Grand Prize

Spotify: 6 months premium

Amazon Web Services: $5000 credits

Tank Stream Labs: 3 months free space

Academy Xi: 4 tickets to one day Product Management Bootcamp

Second Prize

Spotify: 3 months free

AWS: $500 AWS credits

Tank Stream Labs: Mentoring

People's Choice Award

Spotify: 3 months free

Ola Cabs: $300 in ride credits

MealPal: 1 month of free meals

Eligibility Criteria

At least one of the founders have to be currently enrolled as a tertiary education student (University or TAFE) at the time of the Finals Pitch Night on October 25th 2018.

Must be based in Sydney or NSW (regional applicants must be willing to travel to semi-finals and grand finals).

Judging Criteria


Unique value proposition


Market opportunity and future growth


Business model and product strategy


Strength of your team


Societal and industry impact



Applications Open

It's time to send in your submission - do it sooner before you forget.


Applications Close

Online applications close 11:59PM on the 18th of September


Semi-Finalists Notified

Keep your eyes peeled and check your inbox!


Semi-final Night

Held at a venue in the CBD, 16 of the best startups.


Pitch Workshop

The 8 finalists attend a small pitch workshop run by a prominent VC.


Festival Night

8 student startups pitch onstage in front of an audience of 150 and an all-star panel.


Student Startup Cup is open to any student currently enrolled in university OR high school at the time of the application. The team must also prove that they have existing users or revenue in order to compete. We reserve the disqualify you if you do not meet these requirements.
Aside from winning the grand prize, it is a highly unique opportunity to network with some of the ecosystem’s leaders and to get your startup out to over 150 people at the grand finals. Moreover, it’s a rare chance to meet other like minded student entrepreneurs.
Yes, if your startup gets accepted, at least one member will have to represent your startup at all of these events. Otherwise, we may forfeit your place to another team.
As each sponsor has kindly sponsored different aspects of the Student Startup Festival, all of these events will be held at different venues. These venues will be sent to you closer to the date. But don’t worry - they are all located centrally in Sydney CBD.

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