Our Pitchfest Program
Pitchfest is an online production giving kids the 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 provide valuable advice and guidance on how to move their idea forward and also share some of their own unique stories and experiences from when they were kids.
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.
Naveen is an intensely curious entrepreneur who is not afraid to take on the audacious ideas that will push humanity forward.
Dannii is a fashion and entertainment icon and well-known for her hard work, professionalism and global success, particularly in the television, fashion, literary and music fields.
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.
Sarah hung up her suits and heels as a lawyer to become a full-time entrepreneur, author, TV host and podcaster of award-winning podcast Seize the Yay.
David has been recognised by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honour. He is on a mission to empower over 1 billion people to be happy!
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.
Gorgi’s diverse experience in news, current affairs, media, journalism, travel, musical theatre, science, education and professional singing has contributed to Gorgi being one of the most well-rounded television presenters in the industry.
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.
Colleen is an inspiration to women of all generations and wants to encourage women globally to have the confidence to believe in themselves, their ability, share their voice and find the superpower within.
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.
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.