Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Winner 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

Now Closed Social and Ethical Entrepreneurs pitching for success

Applications for the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is now closed, we wish all those that applied the best of luck.

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is going to be held as part of the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2016, on 20th 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 2016

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 & mentoring from mentorship from Phil Vernon of Australian Ethical and Geoff Gourley of One10.

2 Gain valuable pitching experience at the 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 2016 where you can learn & build networks

Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

The judges will shortlist applicants to pitch their idea at the Ethical Enterprise Conference, on the 20th of October 2016. 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

Award Applications are Now Closed

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is now closed, we wish all those that applied the best of luck
Applications closed at 5pm (AEST) 15th September 2016

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Meet your judging panel

Ben Neville


Dr Ben Neville is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne, researching and teaching in the areas of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business and ethical consumption. He is the Academic Director and Co-Founder of Compass, the Melbourne Accelerator Program’s impact (more…)

Jo Walker


Jo Walker is the editor-in-chief of frankie press, overseeing all the stuff that goes into Slow Living, Smith Journal, frankie magazine and all the other bits and pieces they produce. Jo’s job consists of coming up with ideas, as well as writing, sourcing content and proofing the magazines. She has a keen interest in sustainability, clever design and cool new ideas.

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 and is passionate about encouraging new models for business and investment that recognise their stewardship roles in protecting the planet and its inhabitants. (more…)


• list of 2016 names will be coming soon

Winner for 2015

Mighty Good Undies! was the winner of the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition in 2015

Shortlist for 2015
  • Entuent / AwayTeam
  • 99th Monkey
  • Ahora
  • Anomaly Apparel
  • Destiny Beads
  • Mighty Good – presenting Mighty Good Undies!
  • The Period Project
  • Vivify Textiles


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
Bendigo Bank
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Eco Store

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