Practice the art of pitching, compete to win a prize!

Open to all current Macquarie University students — you can join as an individual or a team.

Pitch your great, good, or worst ideas for prizes in our four categories.

Category 1

  • Idea with the most potential
    • Winner $5K, runner-up $2K

Category 3

  • Worst idea
    • Winner $2K, runner-up $1K

Category 2

  • Best pitch
    • Winner $2K, runner-up $1K

Category 4

  • Audience favourite
    • Winner $2K, runner-up $1K

The 2020 MQ Pitch competition has concluded, check back soon for 2021 details.

The MQ Pitch competition is proudly brought to you by the Student Representative Council, Office of the Executive Director Students and Registrar, and the MQ Incubator.

Pitching competitions are traditionally built around finding the best idea and the best pitch, which incidentally are rarely the same thing.

The prize money can help you take your idea further or assist you in furthering your skills or education in some way.

Idea with the most potential

Prize money: winner $5K*, runner-up $2K*.

* Prize includes free mentoring sessions and three-month hot desk at the Incubator.

Judging criteria
  • Commercial feasibility — identified a large market and critical issue worth solving.
  • Level of impact — clearly understands and articulate the impact of their solution will deliver and how.
  • Content — the quality of information delivered in the pitch.
  • Q&A — the outcome of a Q&A session with the judging panel.
Best pitch

Prize money: winner $2K, runner-up $1K

Judging criteria
  • Quality of delivery — easy to understand, excellent use of language.
  • Structure of the pitch — had a distinct beginning, middle and end, with a clear ask.
  • Technique — compelling delivery and made a connection with the audience.
  • Q&A — the outcome of a Q&A session with the judging panel.
Worst idea

Prize money: winner $2K, runner-up $1K

Judging criteria
  • Creativity — shows imagination and demonstrates 'outside the box' thinking.
  • Originality — shows an unconventional approach to problem-solving and demonstrates unique perspectives.
  • Delivery — engaging communication techniques, with a performance mindset (extra points for prototypes).
  • Q&A — the outcome of a Q&A session with the judging panel.
Audience favourite

Prize money: winner $2K, runner-up $1K.

Judging criteria
  • Number of votes secured — this is a popularity test, plain and simple.
Entry requirements:
  • open to current Macquarie University students
  • more than one person can participate in the pitch
  • entries are limited to two pitches per student/student group.
Pitch format
  • All pitches must be filmed and supplied to us by the submission close date.
  • Pitches are limited to three minutes in length.
  • Ensure that you're not revealing any IP (intellectual property) — if in doubt, seek independent advice or participate in the Pitch Program where we cover this topic.
  • Pitches that contain any information that is deemed offensive, degrading or against Macquarie University policy will not be accepted into the competition.
  • Our expert judging panel will have the final say on the following categories:
    • idea with the most potential
    • best pitch
    • worst idea.
  • The top eight pitches for each category will be published online for voting purposes.
  • Community voting will be undertaken online.
  • All participants that have their pitches selected for the voting round will receive a participation certificate.
Awards ceremony and Q&A
  • Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony.
  • All finalist pitches/teams will be required to attend the Q&A session with our judges (prior to the announcement of the winner).
  • Winners and runner-ups will be published online and you will receive a certificate recognising your result.

2021 dates to be confirmed

  • TBC: pitch submissions commence.
  • TBC: pitch submissions close at midnight.
  • TBC: online voting commences.
  • TBC: online voting closes.
  • TBC: pitch awards event.