Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition 2017

EEEPC Winner Announced
eepc 2017 winner - project selvage

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Kisaku


Kisaku works with Indonesian artisans to promote Indonesia’s rich culture and heritage and creates employment opportunities for the local communities. Part of the profit is used to upskill the artisans.

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Freedom Made

Freedom Made – FINALIST

Freedom Made is both a clothing brand and a facilitator of social change. Established and grown by the combined effort of refugees and fashion students; it aims to empower, nurture awareness, and generate profit to support the humanitarian projects of it’s partner organisation ‘Freedom of Choice.’

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Clean Travel

Clean Travel – FINALIST

Clean Travel connects you with tours and activities run by local ethical operators in the developing world. You can have the time of your life and change a life by contributing to the communities you visit.

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Project Selvage

Project Selvage – WINNER

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.

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Computer Fix

Fixable.co – FINALIST

Fixable.co is an online marketplace that connects people who need things fixed with people nearby who are great at fixing things. Fixable aims to prevent landfill and provide extra income for resourceful Australians by putting repair back where it was a generation or two ago: an important, valuable skill and a part of everyday life.

The Ethical Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition is Now Closed

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is going to be held as part of the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017, on 16th and 17th of October 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 2017

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 Win coaching and mentoring from mentorship from Phil Vernon of Australian Ethical.

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

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

4 Free ticket to Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017 where you can learn and build networks.

5 Free ticket to the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner on the evening of the 16th of October 2017.

6 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.

7 Early Pitch winner will also receive one month free for one space at Exchange Workplaces.

8 Trusted Negotiator is delighted to provide a ticket to the Trusted Negotiator Bootcamp ($2,497 +GST) in November 2017 as a prize to the winner.

9 Early Pitch Winner will get a place in the next Conscious Business Momentum Lab 6 month peer learning program valued at $1,000 courtesy of Barasa Consulting. *Conditions – group only kicks off if 6 ore more people

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Applications close 1st of September

Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017

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.

Application Process PDF Guide

• Read the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Application Process Guide

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition application is now closed


Application will close on the 1st of September 2017

Key Dates

Meet Your Judging Panel

Dimity Podger


Dr Dimity Podger, Founder & Director, Conscious Business Learning Lab and Barasa Consulting Group Pty Ltd

Dimity works with small to medium sized enterprises to identify and bring to life (more…)

Victoria is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Trusted Negotiator, leading a team with over 200 years of combined experience in high stakes negotiations. Our purpose is to take you on a journey to become confident (more…)

Phil Vernon


Managing Director at Australian Ethical Investment. Phil has over 30 years of experience in financial services. He has been at the forefront of many developments in financial markets over that time (more…)

Cameron Neil


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…)

Media Pack

More Information see our Press page


We would like to acknowledge the following for their contribution to the Early Ethical Entrepreneurs’ Pitch Competition and Ethical Enterprise Conference.

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Australian Ethical
Red Hat Impact
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The Trusted Negotiator

Exchange Workspaces

Media Partner

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The Toxic Fox

The 2016 Winner and Finalists Fruit2Work


Fruit2Work – WINNER

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. www.fruit2work.com.au

Loving Islands

Loving Islands

Loving Islands is a social enterprise helping remote Pacific island communities improve their standards of living through sustainable organic fair-trade farming. Shop ethical products from the Pacific online at www.lovingislands.com

The People’s Fabric

The People’s Fabric

In partnership with local organisations, The People’s Fabric support programs that promote cultural identity, employment opportunities and sustainable resource management by building communal businesses that result in economically resilient communities. www.thepeoplesfabric.com.au



CAN empowers people through the making of art. It’s all about creating opportunities by linking art to health, wellbeing and community. CAN facilitates collaborative fine art workshop programs and projects with the disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable. Together we make beautiful art.

Generation 414

Generation 414

Generation 414 is a social enterprise assisting survivors affected by human trafficking. Our mission is to reach, rescue and restore women whose lives have been impacted by the sex industry. generation414.com