Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition 2019

Past Winners 2015 – 2018

Nature Freedom Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition winner 2018

Nature Freedom • WINNER 2018

Nature Freedom is a not for profit social enterprise organisation supporting and connecting young people between 18 and 35 with disabilities finding meaningful access to environmental projects and inclusive adventure activities.

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 2019

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is going to be held as part of the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2019, on 28th & 29th of October 2019 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 2019 where you can learn and build networks.

4 Free ticket to the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner on the evening of the 28th of October 2019.

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 $1,000, with Dr Chris Dembek and Dr Jodi York from Leadership for Social Impact @ The Centre for Workplace Leadership, 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 Goodsmiths brand essence one day workshop valued at $5,750 for the winner of the Early Pitch Competition. It involves a full day and report with the key people involved in the business and is an exercise that will provide great results.

9 Speechly Speaking Services is offering one session with all the finalists in a group. In this session we would listen to their prepared pitches, and give feedback on the structure and overall delivery. If the contestants have prepared a winner’s speech we could workshop those too. The value of this session is $250 per person.

10 Winner will receive One Year free Canva Pro Licence valued at $167.88

11 For all the finalists Maquette IP will offer an IP Proposal and initial consultation regarding their business, conducted via phone call or in person. This would cover a review and some commentary on their brand and company, which may include a review of existing documents + IP assets they may seek to protect. The Proposal would provide them an outline of where they’re at and what they might need to supplement their business needs.

12 Marquette IP will offer the winner of the pitch competition A choice between:
1. Key initial agreements (Terms & Conditions and a Privacy Policy) (Value $2,000); or
2. An Australian comprehensive brand name search (Value $2,000).

13 1 x open-plan desks for three consecutive months in Australia’s top tech and innovation hub at either YBF Melbourne or YBF Sydney. Prize value is $2,400.

14 10 hours of consulting (valued at $3600) to the winner of (subject to discussions) – from LDB Accounting.

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Applications now closed


Ethical Enterprise Conference 2019

Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition Award Process and Eligibility Criteria

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Before applying

Download this pdf for the EEEPC Application Process 2019 before you proceed to applying for the award.
EEEPC Application Process 2019 PDF

Award applications are now closed

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 28th of October 2019. 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 may include a representative from Moral Fairground, business leaders and experts.
  • After your application is received, you will be sent a confirmation email.
  • 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.
  • The shortlisted applicants will be required to pitch their idea at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2019.
  • Finally, the judging panel will assess the shortlisted applicants at the pitch competition and choose the winner of the Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition. 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 will be announced.

Announcing the Winner!

The winning enterprise will be:

  • Announced at a ceremony on the 28th of October 2019
  • Promoted on our Moral Fairground Website.
  • Published in Moral Fairground Fair Newsletter in November 2019
  • Announced to public via media release.


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Meet Your Judging Panel

Ian Allsop

Ian Allsop

Melbourne Business School

Dr Allsop is an organisational consultant specialising in the area of strategic leadership. He Is a former managing director of Bioss International (Australia) and the consulting arm of the Brunel Institute Read more…

Tom Dawkins

Tom Dawkins


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

Cameron Neil

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 Read more…

Chris Cao

Chris Cao

Marquette IP

Chris is the Senior Trade Marks Attorney at Marquette IP. Chris is creatively passionate about all things IP. Chris’ practice spans the full scope of trade mark services, providing advice to local and international clients across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Read 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.


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