iAccelerate Pitch

iAccelerate Pitch Program provides the opportunity for iAccelerate Startups to learn the art of pitching. To practice, polish and ultimately pitch their innovative business idea to a panel of investors and experts.

We think Guy Kawasaki sums it up well:

"The purpose of a pitch is to stimulate interest, not to cover every aspect of your startup and bludgeon your audience into submission. Your objective is to generate enough interest to get a second meeting.

Thus, the recommended number of slides for a pitch is ten. This impossibly low number forces you to concentrate on the absolute essentials. You can add a few more, but you should never exceed fifteen slides – the more slides you need, the less compelling your idea."

Pitch 2016 Collage Pitching 

iAccelerate Pitch provides an opportunity for local, national and international investors and wider business community to engage with the startups in the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate Centre.

The program consists of peer to peer and panel pitching opportunities, professional presentation training, mentor matching and a final pitching event to industry experts and potential investors. 

iAccelerate Pitch Training 2017
How it works and Key Dates: 

Getting Involved

Current iAccelerate residents are encouraged to participate in iAccelerate Pitch Training 2017.  Join-in with the lead-up pitching events listed below and get your pitch on. This is your opportunity to get feedback from your peers and invited industry experts and investors on the lead up to the final and get the practice that makes all successful pitches great. This Pitch Training will prepare you for the major iAccelerate Pitch Program, held in October 2017. 

Lead up Pitching Events

Meet your 2017 Panellists

Panel 1: 22nd June

George Tomka: Commercialisation Manager, Innovation & Commercial Research, UOW.
Donatella D'Amico: Business Development Manager, Office of Regional Development. 
Nathan Harper Founder, Beer Mogul - Independent Games Developer/Publisher / Global Chief Technology Officer Smartcorp
Peter Innis: Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong / Manager, ANFF Materials Node
Panel 2: 29th June
Omar Khalifa: CEO iAccelerate
Rachel Weine: Industry and External Relations Manager, Team Leader – Marketing and Events, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Frank Marzano: iAccelerate Entrepreneur in Residence, Product Management and Strategy expert, B2G Sales and Marketing | Co-Founder and Director of iTree Pty Limited
Dr Robert Gorkin: Associate Professor – Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
Panel 3: 5th July
Professor Geoffrey Spinks: Leader, Manufacturing Innovation Global Challenge Program, University of Wollongong
Maureen Murphy: Technology Commercialisation and Strategy Execution, Accelerating Commercialisation
Frank Marzano: iAccelerate Entrepreneur in Residence, Product Management and Strategy expert, B2G Sales and Marketing | Co-Founder and Director of iTree Pty Limited
Leanne Connelly: Founder and COO Me3D Pty Ltd

During the pitching process participants have the opportunity for additional mentoring to be provided from our mentor network. This is also provided through the pitching sessions with iAccelerate Peer Companies and Expert Panel participants.

Pitch Final 2015 Collage Judge 



Here are some links to some useful pitching information.



Here are some presentation templates that we think work really well and can help you get a start on your presentation by using these structures to building your an awesome pitch deck. Click to download directly from Dropbox.



Interested in sponsoring iAccelerate Pitch 2016? Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Download the Pitch Sponsorship Brochure here


Previous iAccelerate Pitch 

View past winners, finalists, judges, the full photo gallery and official program