Our Pitchfest Program

Pitchfest is a pitching festival!  It gives kids an opportunity to pitch their charity and business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and business people. 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! 

Our Panellists

Executive Director of Orygen, Founding Board Member of Headspace, Professor of Youth Mental Health, AO

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.

Co-Founder and First CEO of Netflix

Marc Randolph

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.   

Founder RedBalloon, Shark in Shark Tank, Author, Blogger and Public Speaker

Naomi Simson

Known for her positivity and navigating a fast changing and economic environment, Naomi shares her wealth of entrepreneurial and business leadership experience on Pitchfest.    

Entrepreneur, AFR Rich Lister, Investor

Nick Bell

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.   

Public Figure, Best Selling Author

Turia Pitt

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.  

Adventurers & Motivational Speakers

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.   

Founder & CEO - Collective Hub

Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub, an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption.  

Founder - KX Pilates

Aaron Smith 

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. 

Founder & CEO - Wink Models and The Right Fit

Taryn Williams

Taryn Williams is one of Australia’s most popular female entrepreneurs and digital influencers, recognised for her tech leadership and innovation.

Founder & CEO - Lana Wilkinson

A highly regarded Stylist and Australian Fashion icon, Lana's hard work and entrepreneurial spirit drives her to achieve premium outcomes for even the most challenging briefs.  

Chairman - Deloitte 

Chairman of Deloitte Australia, Member Deloitte Asia Pacific Board, Member Deloitte Global Board, Lead Audit Partner for several ASX listed companies, Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Reach Foundation.

Fashion Designer and Content Creator

Effie Kats

Effie Kats is taking the fashion industry by storm, most commonly known for her work in redefining and creating iconic suits.

Founder & CEO - Buttercréme Lane

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 - Surfing NSW

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 & Curator TEDx Melbourne

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.