Our Pitchfest Program
Pitchfest is a pitching festival! It gives kids an opportunity to pitch their charity and business ideas to a panel of leading entrepreneurs and business people from around the world. The aim of Pitchfest is to help kids realise their potential and inspire other kids to feel confident in their abilities, to be creative and feel empowered to bring an idea to life.
The kids create and produce a video of their pitch, the panellists review the pitch and then ask the kids some questions about their ideas. The panellists then provide valuable advice and guidance on how to move their idea forward.
Pitchfest equips kids with some valuable tools and learnings so they can walk away from the Pitchfest experience feeling more confident about themselves and their ideas. Pitchfest teaches kids about problem solving, innovation, design and how to have an entrepreneurial mindset.
So let's help our kids launch their ideas into the world and make a difference for a good cause. Subscribe below to receive Pitchfest direct to your inbox!
Marc's career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades, having co-founded half a dozen successful start-ups such as Netflix and more recently, Looker Data Sciences which he sold to Google for $2.6B.
Known for her positivity and navigating a fast changing and economic environment, Naomi shares her wealth of entrepreneurial and business leadership experience on Pitchfest.
Matt Higgins is a noted serial entrepreneur and growth equity investor as co-founder and CEO of private investment firm RSE Ventures.
Nick moved from Melbourne, Australia to New York City in 2010. He's now the founder of the fastest growing premium café brand and specialty roaster in the US.
Layne's affinity for the ocean and competition created the perfect storm to achieve her dream of becoming the best of the best including becoming a 7-time world surfing champion.
Professor Patrick McGorry
Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year in 2010, has played a key advocacy and advisory role to government and health system reform in Australia and in many parts of the world.
At just 17 years old, Imogen landed her first job as a Machine Learning Engineer at SAP. Imgoen is a passionate advocate for young women in IT and the recipient of several awards in recognition of her incredible contribution to the world of IT.
Matt has been voted one of Australia’s top 10 Creative Directors, one of Australia’s 50 Most Influential Media Executives by The Australian Financial Review, and has also twice won the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Advertising Awards.
From her iconic #confidence is contagious tagline to her signature red lip, Emmylou MacCarthy is all about leading with courage.. and style.
Scott is a respected leader with over 30 years’ experience in organisational, team and individual development, as a teacher, coach, mentor and leader.
One of Australia's leading comedians, Christian has accumulated over 600 million views on his videos and has gained a loyal following of over 2 million followers on social media.
Recognised as one of Australia's leading entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Nick has featured on the AFR Young Rich List four years straight.
Surviving burns to 65% of her body, Turia Pitt is living proof that with the right mindset, anything is possible. Best selling author and adventure seeker, Turia is on a journey to help others be more confident and happy.
The Tempest Two
The Tempest Two have become the leading voice on growth mindset and motivation, founded on the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Neither time nor the medals and honours of her sporting success have faded the grace and likeable nature of the girl-next-door who became one of Australia’s most popular swimming champions.
Aaron is an award winning fitness innovator and entrepreneur, earning multiple awards and recognition including Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year for fitness and Top 10 Dynamic Entrepreneurs by Dynamic Business.
Taryn Williams is one of Australia’s most popular female entrepreneurs and digital influencers, recognised for her tech leadership and innovation.
CEO of hugely successful Buttercréme Lane, a custom cake shop catering to clients such as P&O Cruises, football clubs, major corporations, celebrity chefs and US actors. Regular appearances on TV, Radio & Newspapers and proud media ambassador for Adopt Change.
Chairman of Surfing NSW, Board Director of Adopt Change, Advisor on Digital Transformation to the National Museum of Australia, Principal at Komosion Management Consulting, intrapreneur and entrepreneur seeking to innovate via corporate start-ups, within Government and
the not-for-profit sector.
Executive Coach, helping leaders articulate strategic messages in meaningful ways, working with CEOs and senior leadership teams to build trust, empathy and engagement. Founder and Lead Speaker Coach for Brightstar Consulting, Past President of Professional Speakers Australia, Facilitator for Girls in Tech Inc and Licensee & Head of Curation for TEDx Melbourne.