Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition 2018

Nominations to the Ethical Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition are NOW OPEN

Winner of the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Award 2017

Message from Shannon Threfall – Project Selvage – winner of the EEEPC 2017

Past Winners of the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award 2015 – 2017

project selvage Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition winner 2017

Project Selvage • WINNER 2017

Project Selvage is a sustainable fashion brand focused on closing the loop in the fashion industry and reducing textile waste. Our mission is to create a completely circular fashion brand, while providing jobs and training to disadvantaged members of the local Melbourne community.

fruit2work Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition winner 2016

Fruit2Work • WINNER 2016

Fruit2work creates second chance jobs by selling fruit boxes to offices in Melbourne. They have partnered with two charities (TaskForce and First Step), sell to multiple customers in the CBD and had their first program placement start in July.

eeepc 2015 winner mighty good undies

Mighty Good Undies • WINNER 2015

Mighty Good believes everybody should have affordable quality cotton underwear sourced from the most ethical and sustainable supply chain we can find. They think they should come with a carbon offset too.

Ethical Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition 2018

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is going to be held as part of the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018, on 25th & 26th of October 2018 in Melbourne, VIC.

  • Are you building a start-up business?
  • Does your start-up business have the potential to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions of an overseas or local community?
If you ticked both of the above, we would like to hear from you!

Are you an established Ethical Enterprise and think you deserve an award?
Check out the Ethical Enterprise Award 2018

Why Apply?

The aim of the early entrepreneurial pitch competition is to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to present your idea to four business and social entrepreneurial leaders who are influential in the community and who have the mentoring skills and resources to support an entrepreneur or enterprise to make a concept a reality.

1 Gain visibility and the opportunity to pitch at Ethical Enterprise Conference.

2 Pitch your idea to a room full of passionate supporters of ethical enterprise – who may want to support your idea to become a reality.

3 Free ticket to Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018 where you can learn and build networks.

4 Free ticket to the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner on the evening of the 25th of October 2018.

5 Prize for finalist – Red Hat Impact will choose one of the early pitch finalists to receive 6 months of free access to its ‘Exploring Growth’ program, where the finalist will get one-on-one business strategy advice and facilitated introductions to assist them in taking the next steps with their idea.

6 Early Pitch winner will receive “Premium Support” from StartSomeGood to launch their crowdfunding campaign – either at the “Advising Partner” level or a $500 credit towards one of the higher levels. All packages are designed to help you design and launch a great crowdfunding campaign.

7 Bespoke business modelling and impact management consulting, valued at $2,000, with Dr Chris Dembek and Dr Jodi York from the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre, authors of the new and free e-book, Actionable Impact Management. This consulting will (1) review and evaluate business models in use (or planned) with particular attention to assessing and maximising stakeholder value creation and capture, and (2) review or develop theory of change and impact management framework.

8 The Toxic Fox Show will invite at least one of the Early Pitch Finalists to receive a membership to an early stage six-month virtual Cultivate Circle, a mastermind group facilitated by Cultivate.biz. Facilitated Masterminds are a powerful tool, and they provide peer-to-peer support and accountability to help entrepreneurs to grow and achieve the impact they set out to make when starting their enterprise.

9 Inner Circle with Hemi Hossain a 6 months mentoring program to help you with your business idea, including 3 days boot camp and monthly catch up valued at $20,000.

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Applications close 3rd of September 2018


Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018

Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award Process and Eligibility Criteria

Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award key dates 2018

Before applying

Download this pdf for the EEEPC Application Process 2018 before you proceed to applying for the award.

EEEPC Application Process 2018 PDF

Award applications are now open

Applications open on the 1st July 2018 and close on the 3rd September 2018

EEEPC Application 2018

Terms and conditions

Please read our Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

The judges will shortlist applicants to pitch their idea at the Ethical Enterprise Conference, on the 16th of October 2017. Each applicant will be given 5 to 10 minutes to present a competitive and innovative pitch.

Eligibility Criteria

Your concept may aim to positively contribute socially or economically to communities locally or overseas in the following areas:

  • Growth in community resources
  • Development of skills
  • Increased employment opportunities
  • Increased economic growth
  • Improved educational outcomes
  • Capacity building of a local community
  • Improved health

Four industry leaders will judge the entrepreneurial pitches against following eligibility criteria:

1 The pitch or concept must have the potential to provide a positive impact on the social, economic and environmental status of a local or overseas community, through innovative and ethical practices.

2 The pitch or concept must have the potential to provide positive outcomes and change in a community through its trade practices or as a result of a proposed enterprise model.

3 The business concept must be well research and development and would therefore benefit from industry feedback and support.

Judging Selection and Process

  • The judging panel will include representative from Moral Fairground, business leaders and experts.
  • After your application is received, you will be sent a confirmation email that outlines the judging and selection process so that you know what to expect.
  • All applications are then considered and a number of applications will be shortlisted. All applicants will be sent an email advising them on whether or not their application has been successful in being shortlisted for the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award.
  • Finally, the judging panel will assess the shortlisted applicants and choose the winner of the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award. If your enterprise is shortlisted, your representatives will be invited to attend the presentation ceremony where the winner of the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award will be announced.

Announcing the Winner!

The winning enterprise will be:

  • Announced at a ceremony on the 25th of October 2018
  • Promoted on our Moral Fairground Website.
  • Published in Moral Fairground Fair Newsletter in November 2018
  • Announced to public via media release.


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Meet Your Judging Panel

Tom Dawkins


Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood

Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood.com, a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises, non-profits and changemakers initiatives globally. (more…)

Cameron Neil

Red Hat Impact

Cameron has spent two decades working for a more equitable and sustainable world. His career includes paid and volunteer roles across government, community and business sectors, specialising in building (more…)

Jodi York


Social Impact Researcher and Advisor

is a sociologist with a diverse interdisciplinary research history and a passion for driving and informing social change with measurable impact. (more…)


Sponsors and Community Partners

We would like to acknowledge the following for their contribution to the Ethical Enterprise Award, Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition and Ethical Enterprise Conference.


moral fairground - evolve with us
University of Melbourne
Start Some Good - your ally in creating change
the toxic fox

Hemi Hossain

Community Partners and Collaborators

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good on you
The Difference Incubator TDi
The Business 3000+ Awards

Transitions Film Festival
Conscious Capitalism

HiB - Humanity in Business



Major Media Partner

Peppermint Magazine

Media Partner

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