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.


Congratulations to the iAccelerate Pitch 2016 Winners!

  • 1st Prize – Panel Choice: StabilCo
  • Runner-Up – Panel Choice: Quirky Kid
  • 1st Prize – Audience Choice: StabilCo
  • Runner-Up – Audience Choice: ScrubUp
  • Most Improved Award: Digital HomeBrew – Personal Pitch Coaching, Membership of My Personal Tactician, Rod Anderson


    Read the full news story here

    View the the iAccelerate Pitch Grand Final Photo Album here


    Introducing the 2016 iAccelerate Pitch Finalists:

    iAPitchFinalists 2016

    All finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to an audience of industry experts, investors and the Illawarra business community at the iAccelerate Pitch Grand Final on 27th October. Read more


    How it works and Key Dates: 

    Getting Involved

    Current iAccelerate residents are invited and encouraged to participate in iAccelerate Pitch 2016.  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.

    Lead up Pitching Events

    • 11th August - Peer
    • 25th August – Panel
    • 1st September – Peer
    • 15 September – Panel
    • 28th September – Panel
    • 6th October – iAccelerate Community Pitch Selection for final
    • 13th October – Peer – open to all
    • 20th October – Peer – Only Selected Pitchers – their last practice run if they need it.
    • 27th October – FINAL – Only Selected Pitchers


    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 

    Pitch Training – 21st and 22nd September

    Presentation training is provided to participants in the lead-up to the final pitching plate event. 

    Nomination to Compete – 26th September

    We require interested iAccelerate residents to self nominate to participate in the final. We will then hold a pitching competition for the iAccelerate community to choose who will go through to the final.

    Pitching Selection by iA Community – 6th October

    All nominated start-ups who want to participate in the final need to pitch to the iAccelerate community to be selected to participate in the final.

    Final Pitching Event - 27th October 2016

    Finalists pitch to an expert panel and room of investors and industry experts. This is an "invitation to pitch" only event. Finalists are chosen by self nomination and then via participants of iAccelerate Pitch and iAccelerate Staff members votes to choose a total of 5 – 6 pitches.

    Introducing the iAccelerate Pitch 2016 Finalists: Digital Homebrew, GeoInteractive, Health Ready, Quirky Kid, ScrubUp, Stabilco







    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


    iAccelerate Pitch 2015

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