Kickstarter FAQs

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The Kickstarter Challenge is how you can make your passion your profession. Read on to answer questions you may have before you enter. 

The Kickstarter Challenge is a competition for female entrepreneurs with a new business idea. Kickstart your business by entering this national competition and be in the running to win some amazing prizes, including a life-changing share of $60,000 equity-free prize money to help you accelerate your business idea. 

Check out the terms and conditions to learn more.

You have until 5:00pm on, Friday, 16 August 2024 (AEST) to submit your idea.

One finalist from each category will be flown to Canberra to attend the Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final where they will pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts. 

The finalists will receive the support needed to bring their ideas to life including a $60,000 equity-free prize pool, mentorship opportunities and much more!

It’s really simple. All you have to do is submit your idea via the Kickstarter Entry page on our website. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the judging criteria in order to give yourself the best chance of standing out.

Check out the terms and conditions to learn more.

Yes! Join us for an AccelerateHER Workshop where you can access experts to assist with getting your idea ready to enter. If you still have some questions feel free to email us here. Whilst as the promotion organisers we can’t review your entry or provide specific feedback, we can answer any questions you might have.

Good entrepreneurs convey their business idea, unique selling point and target audience precisely. Strong submissions are short and to the point.

Character limits are included in the form fields of your submission. If you choose to include a video into your submission (we recommend you do) we recommend this be as close to the 60 second time limit as possible. Entries won’t be disqualified if videos are longer than 60 seconds. 

We recommend you attend an AccelerateHER Workshop. These events are targeted at helping you refine your business idea. And you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your submission with an expert. Get more details.

Health, Wellbeing and The Care Economy
What improvements can be made to address health and wellbeing challenges facing Australians?

Climate Change and Sustainability
What is a sustainable solution to help protect and safeguard the climate?

Community Impact
What innovative idea helps to empower or provide value to the community as a whole or for a specific community?


Fintech or Ecommerce
What software, mobile application, or other technology solution can improve or  automate traditional forms of finance or commerce for businesses and consumers alike?

Business ideas can only be entered into one category, so be sure to choose the one that’s most appropriate for you.

Yes, you can. We celebrate entrepreneurship and all of your ideas.

This challenge is to help women kickstart their new businesses, therefore your business must meet the following criteria:

– Be registered and have their primary place of business within Australia

– Hold a current ABN, either as a sole trader or associated with the business idea/name entered, 

– If trading, commenced on or after 1 January 2022

– Have business revenue below $75,000 in the last 12 months of trading from date of application, inclusive of grants 

– Have a business banking account in the name of the business idea submitted set up prior to entering or be willing to set one up if successful as a finalist. 

That’s okay, however, the Accelerator for Enterprising Women exists to help women kickstart their business journey. Therefore, to be eligible you must be a female-founded startup, majority owned and led by women, inclusive of those who identify as female. 

There will be two judges per category scoring the entries to determine the finalists. These judges will be industry experts from a broad range of backgrounds and sectors, and will be scoring based on the criteria outlined on the Kickstarter entry page. The finalists will then pitch their business ideas to five industry judges, in person at the Grand Final.
Yes you can also enter the Kickstarter Challenge with an ACN.

Please double check that you have supplied a Vimeo or Youtube URL for a specific video (not a channel). Also double check your video is set to “public”. If it still isn’t showing, contact us here.

Still have a question? Contact us.