Pitch Night

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Event is sold out!

Our ilab Accelerator startup founders are ready to pitch on the big stage. 

We have increased our commitment to the ilab Accelerator program this year. With a longer six-month program and more than $200,000 in equity-free funding, we have a lot to show off this year. The evening will include networking opportunity with fellow investors, mentors and founders, as well as the chance to have your say on which startup should win the $5000 Shane Chidgzey Young Entrepreneurs prize.

Unfortunately, the event is now at capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist please email ventures@uq.edu.au

 5:30 – 6:00pm Registration

  6:00 – 7:30pm Formalities and pitch time

 7:30 – 9:00pm Networking and startups showcase

ilab Accelerator Cohort
ilab Accelerator 2019 cohort

Stars of the show

Our current startup stars include extraordinary founders working on global challenges from battery technology and new wind turbine designs, to VR, IoT devices and medtech.

  • Beome


    ilab Accelerator #13 | Proptech, Rentals

    A shared rental platform that allows like-minded individuals to find each other and rent a shared space. Traditional real estate portals focus on displaying features of a room. Our approach, on the other hand, focusses on matching compatible housemates with the right home.
  • Brandtools


    ilab Accelerator #13 | Marketing, Design

    Enabling users to upload a logo and instantly generate hundreds of graphic designs based on its colours and stylistic themes.
  • ClearSKY Genomics

    ClearSKY Genomics

    ilab Accelerator #13 | Healthtech, Genomics

    Developing tools to help people understand and engage with the information in their genome.
  • Earth Offset

    Earth Offset

    ilab Accelerator #13 | Social Enterprise, IoT, Cleantech

    Building an IoT compost monitoring device that tracks biometrics and transmits data to the cloud, which then generates custom insights on how to easily and effectively compost.
  • Fiffy Solutions

    Fiffy Solutions

    ilab Accelerator #13 | Technology, Sensors

    An IoT startup that counts people and monitors foot traffic in order to optimise building spaces.
  • Homecube


    ilab Accelerator #13 | Tiny house, Modular housing.

    Providing housing that is cheaper and faster to construct than traditional options, and that absorbs CO2.
  • Ocean Orchards

    Ocean Orchards

    ilab Accelerator #13 | Foodtech, Algae, Superfoods

    Helping people receive nutrition from Algae – such as phycocyanin, and Omega-3 DHA and EPA – by making it an easy, versatile and delicious food product.
  • ParaSpace


    ilab Accelerator #13 | VR, Industry training

    Aiming to reduce the 3 million cases of workplace injury or death that cost the US economy more than $46b last year. We're doing this by creating cutting edge VR simulations that are capable of simulating industrial catastrophes, such as a mine collapse, which cannot be safely demonstrated in real life.
  • PowerWells


    ilab Accelerator #13 | Social Enterprise, E-waste

    Using electronic waste, such as old laptop batteries, to make small solar systems for remote and disadvantaged communities, including in rural Indonesia.

Speakers and special guests

Dr Jessica Gallagher
Director of Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship at UQ
Ran Heimann
Haystack founder and CEO, UQ Entrepreneur in Residence
Bernie Woodcroft
Director of ilab at UQ
Pitch Night Emcee

Jen Geale is co-founder and General Manager of MTB Direct, Australia’s largest retailer of parts, clothing and accessories for mountain biking. The business has been consistently recognised for its rapid and sustained growth through programs such as the Telstra Business Awards, Deloitte Tech Fast 50 and AFR Fast 100. Jen was recognised as one of the Top 50 People in E-commerce in Australia in 2018 and 2019.

Jen currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Retail ROI Australia, an organisation supporting the work of grassroots organisations and improving the lives of children around the world.


For more information about Pitch Night or UQ's entrepreneurial programs, contact

Ms Victoria Bick, Events Manager, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ

+61 7 3365 1972