UTS Venture Day
Dr Jochen Schweitzer: "This room has filled with people now which is really wonderful to see so big welcome to everyone. This is Venture Day. We already went through a first round of 16 pitches and I just quickly want to announce who's going to be the final 10 presenters."
Prof. Andrew Parfitt: "We've had a very exciting day and there are a few people who are probably even a little bit more excited now with the later part of the program. We're delighted that we're celebrating here the first Venture Day but also the end of the first year of this great program.
Ann Hoban: "Today was a great day when we all had an opportunity to present on our individual projects"
Annette McClelland: "This was the final day to allow us to show off all the great work we've done in 5 small minutes"
Michael Griffin: "Bit of a mixed bag of looking forward to it and being terrified by it"
Petra Andrén: "You had some projects that were more in the social impact space and you had projects that I could see could potentially become profitable businesses. Always good to present what you've done to a panel of people that are from the real world and to get constructive feedback"
Liam Daley: "I'm Liam Daley, Founder of 'Dlivee'. The customer controls the purchase, so the customer should control the delivery...Look today's been absolutely fantastic. It's more than I could have imagined."
Lance Kalsh (Panellist): "...and I know it's still early but where do you see yourself specifically?"
Presenter: "I'd love to even take it into the 'wear-able technology space' eventually."
Petra Andrén (Panellist): " ... But would you consider that? Partnering with someone who knows manufacturing?"
David Langford: "How do you intend to sort of address that issue through the integration of the variety of apps?"
Ali Linz: " ... If my delivery options are different today than my default ones?"
Maria Cardena: "When I got there I was confident of what I had, and when I finished I couldn't believe the amount of applause I got."
Petra Andrén: "I think the students really beniffited from that, and of course being a judge I benefitted from it as well because I saw some amazing ideas."
David Lillo-Trynes: "I was just so happy to give answers and happy to talk about what we were working on. It's pretty nerve racking but I feel really good now."
Dr Jochen Schweitzer: "I think it was an incredible job that you did at presenting this so smoothly, so all that practicing has really paid out I think.
Prof. David Brown: "People are becoming the custodians of their own destiny, and if there's a place in which we really see this, this is in entrepreneurial activity and all its different forms."
Petra Andrén: "I thought the presentations were terrific. Look just another observation: I did my MBA about 11 years ago now and I was the only woman, so it was great to see that there were a lot of women presenters today and teams that are men and women, that's going in the right direction, so great. Great job everyone!"
John Lee: "I repeat those words: I think that entrepreneurship and innovation in Australia is in very good hands."
Ali Linz: "The pitches were of an outstanding quality in content, but also in presentation. Well done!"
David Langford: "The results in the marking were very close. The third prize tonight: 'Liftmii'."
David Langford: "The second prize is: 'Tekuma'."
David Langford: "And the first prize winner: Dlivee."
Petra Andrén: "Not only were there a lot of great ideas, but the passion behind them. You could tell that a lot of these students would actually follow through and I think we're going to see some amazing businesses as a result. Really, entrepreneurship is something that you'll only learn by doing. But this course is exactly that. These students have taken an idea and gone out to the real world and tested it so they are actually learning by doing, as well as learning about those vital tools: finance, intellectual property, pathway to market, all those things, it combines. I think it great initiative and I don't know any other school that does it so good on UTS!"
February 12, 2021
UTS Venture Day is an opportunity to meet student entrepreneurs, hear them pitch their venture and mingle with peers. With over $80,000 in awards and prize money, UTS Venture Day is Australias' best-endowed student entrepreneurship pitch event.
MBA in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours) students prepare for this event as part of their studies. Other UTS student entrepreneurs can enter the event via a wildcard application process.
Students pitch every year in mid-February, over 200 people attend the event held at the UTS Business School.
To enter the event please submit your application here.
- You must be a UTS student. For teams, at least one founder must be a UTS student
- Only the person pitching needs to register
- Your start-up has not already been presented at UTS Venture Day in previous years
You will be notified at the beginning of February if your application has been successful. Selected wildcard entrants will be invited to present their start-up alongside MBA in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours) students.
For any inquiries regarding the UTS Venture day, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The combination of originality and ingenuity, plus a disciplined approach showed the value of a program such as this.
- Paul Thorley, Director of Partnership Strategy, Greenwich Capital Partners