Kickstarter Challenge

The countdown is over! Entries closed 5pm (AEST) on Sunday 17 October 2021.

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The Accelerator for Enterprising Women invited young women from around Australia to submit their entrepreneurial or business ideas into the Kickstarter Challenge for their chance to turn their passions into their professions!

5 lucky finalists will win the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final and pitch their ideas to expert judges in Canberra! The winners will receive the support to bring their idea to life including a share in $60,000 of seed capital funding, mentorship opportunities and much much more!

Turn your passion into your
profession!

Support
your favourite
idea

Submit your idea into the Kickstarter challenge, and be in to win a finalist spot in one of the five judging categories.

Kickstarter Challenge TimeLine

March – August

National Summit Events

Attend one of five Summits around the country. Be inspired by leading women in business and entrepreneurship. Begin to develop your idea in the Kickstarter Ideation Sessions.
May – August

Incubator Workshops

Register for a FREE Incubator Workshop near you and participate in a masterclass in branding, prototyping and developing your business model. by the end of these workshops you’ll be ready to submit your idea into the Kickstarter Challenge!
14 May – 17 October
Submit
Submit your entrepreneurial or business idea into the Kickstarter Challenge via the website upload form and be in to WIN one of five spots for the Grand Final in Canberra!
14 November
Voting closes
With five voting categories and five finalist spots up for grabs you’ve got to be in it to win it! Share your submission in socials to be in to win the popular vote, while a panel of expert judges will select the remaining four finalists.
1 December
Grand Final
5 lucky finalists will WIN the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final and pitch their ideas to expect judges in Canberra.
December

Winners Announced

The lucky winners will receive the support to bring their entrepreneurial or business idea to life! Including; seed capital funding, mentorship guidance and much, much more!

March – August

National Summit Events

Attend one of seven Summits around the country. Be inspired by leading women in business and entrepreneurship. Begin to develop your idea in the Kickstarter Ideation Sessions.
Register for a FREE Incubator Workshop near you and participate in a masterclass in branding, prototyping and developing your business model. by the end of these workshops you’ll be ready to submit your idea into the Kickstarter Challenge!

May – August

Incubator Workshops

14 May – 17 October

Submit your idea

Submit your entrepreneurial or business idea into the Kickstarter Challenge via the website upload form and be in the running to WIN one of five spots for the Grand Final in Canberra! Entries close at 11.59pm on 17 October 2021.

1 August – 14 November

Voting Period

With five voting categories and five finalist spots up for grabs you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Share your submission in socials to be in to win the popular vote, while a panel of expert judges will select the remaining four finalists.

1 December

Grand Final

5 lucky finalists will WIN the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final and pitch their ideas to expert judges in Canberra.

December

Winners Announced

The lucky winners will receive the support to bring their entrepreneurial or business idea to life! Including; seed capital funding, mentorship guidance and much, much more!

Judging categories

Popular Vote

Share your idea far and wide on socials to be in to win the popular vote category. The submission with the greatest social reach will win.

Implementation

To earn high marks in the Implementation category, demonstrate how you will successfully implement your idea by providing a feasible timeline, potential challenges and solutions, explanation of who is working on the project (team members and/or mentors) and an appropriate budget.

Sustainability & Impact

To earn high marks in the Impact category, be sure to explain the expected impact for your idea, metrics for how you will evaluate your success, how your idea will be sustained over time and any potential environmental impacts to be considered.

Innovation

To earn high marks in the Innovation category, demonstrate a compelling need for your innovative concept, think outside the box with your solution and explain your idea clearly and concisely.

Presentation

To earn high marks in the presentation category, be sure that your submission is clear, consistent, effective and aesthetically pleasing.