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Open Innovation Competition 2020 Pitch Night

We invited innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, students and the community to find ways to help eliminate the 800,000 tonnes of waste created within the City of Melbourne boundary every year.

After six weeks of exploring how to use data and technology to reduce waste in our city and make for a more transparent circular economy, the finalists presented their best ideas at the Open Innovation Competition pitch night on Wednesday 19 August, 2020.

Winners were announced on the night with a number of exciting prizes awarded including a share in the $30,000 cash prize pool, entry into the University of Melbourne’s Velocity Program and RMIT’s LaunchHub program, plus a product discovery workshop with creative agency Mo Works.

The international prize winner will have the opportunity to test and adapt their solution for the Indonesian and global market with help from The Greater Hub at Bandung Institute of Technology and the City of Bandung. This program also includes a three-month hot desk membership from Melbourne-based co-working hub, 11th Space.

We also had a very special prize package for the overall winner courtesy of Startup Victoria. This package consisted of a variety of business-related goodies for the winner to use to further develop and grow their startup. From credits and discounts, to mentoring sessions and workshops, this package has an overall value totalling more than $100,000.

Watch a recording of the Pitch Night event


Meet the finalists who pitched their ideas on the night

Pitch night judges

Meet the panel of experts and competition partners who judged each pitch

Councillor Cathy Oke

Chair of the Environment portfolio, City of Melbourne

Claire Ferres-Miles

CEO, Sustainability Victoria

Matt Salier

Director, RMIT Activator

Abena Ofori

Social Impact Manager, Melbourne Accelerator Program

Tristonne Forbes

Managing Director at CivVic Labs

Mo Hamdouna

Creative Director at Mo Works