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Life’s a Pitch – pitching practice for all you startups…

October 22 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gabriel Douville will lead the session (limited spots). YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PITCHER ON THE NIGHT!

To register, email us at [masked] and fill up the for at

Gabriel joined OneVentures after having completed his MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW. Gabriel has worked as a Specialty Sales Representative for Shire Pharmaceuticals and Paladin Laboratories in Montreal, in multiple areas ranging from allergy immunotherapy, to attention deficit disorder.

During his MBA, he interned as a consultant at Westpac, Faethm and Opus Medical, on fintech, artificial intelligence and medical device market-entry projects, respectively. More recently he was the Program Manager at Cicada Innovations for their NSW Health-sponsored Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (MDCTP).


Pitches are 5-7min, warning bell at 5min and ‘the plug is pulled’ at 7min. Then a judge Q&A so pitchers will be given constructive advice on how to better sell their ideas. And spectators will get to see the brave rise or fall… 😉

Judges will have 5min or so Q&A and so a whole pitch should take 15min including swap over. We will try and get 8 pitches in the night…

Liz Jackson

With experience as a teacher, Liz has co-developed a Distance Education program for young indigenous and VET students with Charles Darwin University. Liz has also delivered several Professional Learning workshops to school teachers on the IB-MYP Programme and technology integration.

Liz established entrepreneurship as the school developed option in the Commerce curriculum. In 2016 Liz meet Dr Richard Seymour and Jo Burston who co founded and trialled the very first version of the in-curriculum programs which became the formalised course that is now delivered nationally by teachers. The entrepreneurial Learning in Action programs are based on collated data and research findings. The programs aim to enhance prosperity globally through contextual, emotive, inspired and physical education.

Alan Jones

Alan mentors founders in startup accelerators BlueChilli, Startmate, Catalysr and Collider, on issues around lean startup methodology, product strategy, marketing and team leadership.

A founding investor in Australian tech startup venture funds Pollenizer, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures, Alan is currently raising a new venture fund, M8 Ventures, focusing on pre-seed and seed investment in early-stage tech startupsin Australia and New Zealand.

Benjamin Chong

Benjamin Chong is an investor at Right Click Capital and a director at Founder Institute. He has had a track record of investing in and building successful Internet-related businesses over the last 20 years.

Benjamin served as a mentor, guest speaker and panellist at various start-up, entrepreneurship and industry programs including Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UNSW), Echelon (Singapore), Fashhack Australia, Founder Institute, H2 Ventures, Incubate (University of Sydney), muru-D (Telstra), Project Pitch (UTS), Startup Weekend and Web 2.0 Summit. He also served as a judge at various start-up events across the country.

THANK YOU to all our judges for giving of their time and experience.


AGENDA of the evening

• 4:30pm: Pitching Class with Gabriel
• 5:40pm: Break for food/madly updating pitch decks
• 6:00pm: Pitches
• 8pm ish: Chat with Speakers, Judges, and other entrepreneurs
• 8:30 ish: We try to kick you out! (But there’s often a bunch around ’til 9pm)


Griffith Hack – awesome IP lawyers!

See you there!


October 22
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Griffith Hack – Boardroom
Level 29 Northpoint 100 Miller Street
North Sydney 2060, au


North Sydney Innovation Network
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To enquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities please contact Vanessa Ronan-Pearce, Director of Events.