If you’ve got a big idea, then tell us all about it!
Sometimes the biggest ideas are born from the simplest of observations. Open your mind and think about everyday things you see, use, hear, feel or interact with that falls short by the smallest of margins.
Can you Survive the Panel?
Four entries will be chosen as finalists to pitch to our panel of judges at the EY Sydney office on 11 October 2018. Finalists will battle it out to win a share of $20,000 to make their idea a reality.
This competition is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet and network with like-minded people and fellow innovators. Start making connections now that will help you in the future.
How it works
- Simply tell us in 100 words or less about what your idea is all about to secure your opportunity to pitch to the panel. You may enter as an individual or in a team of up to four people.
- All entries will be carefully reviewed by our judges.
- A shortlist of 20 entries will be selected and the entrants will be invited to complete a business case proposal and film a 30 second video to complement their idea.
- The top three entries will be selected and invited to attend the event to be held at the EY Sydney office on 11 October 2018.
- We will select three wild card entries that will be voted on by our Facebook fans. The wild card entry with the most votes will make up our top four finalists who will pitch to our judges.
- The four finalists will pitch to the panel of judges for a chance to win a share of $20,000.
Entries open 9:00 6 August 2018 and close 11:59pm 9 September 2018 (AEST). Full terms & conditions can be found here.
Be daring. All you need to do is Survive the Panel. Enter here
Who can enter?
The Survive the Panel competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an Australian university and due to complete their studies between 2019-2022.
International students may also apply, however must meet our eligibility criteria that can be found here.
What are you waiting for? All it takes is 100 words. Enter here
Four finalists were selected to pitch to our panel of Survive the Panel judges at our Melbourne office on 5 October 2017. Finalists battled it out to win a share of $20,000 to make their idea a reality.
Congratulations to Aimee Church for being awarded the top prize of $8,000; Elise Sutherland, Marc Stringer, Fay Gibson and Elizabeth Griffiths received the $1,000 People’s Choice Award and $7,000; Srishti Devgun and Gurleen Singh as well as Josephine Fung were awarded $2,000 to put towards their big ideas.
The finalists pitches were:
Srishti Devgun & Gurleen Singh, Curtin University
Our big idea is to use virtual reality technology to project where consumers would install their purchased products. This provides consumers with a better idea on how a product would look.
Elise Sutherland, Fay Gibson, Marc Stringer & Elizabeth Griffiths, The University of Melbourne
Our big idea is to integrate the STELECT device into the current treatment of blocked arteries performed by Cardiologists so the results are immediate and fit for purpose for the patient.
Aimee Church, The University of Melbourne
My big idea is for languages to enter the sphere of virtual reality where you could put on a pair of glasses and instantly be immersed in another culture and speak the language.
Josephine Fung, University of Western Australia
My big idea is a CardiCare Bracelet which collects cardiac data that can be shared with the user and medical professionals. It also has the ability to generate a ‘help’ message in case of an emergency.
Four finalists were selected to pitch to our panel of Survive the Panel judges at our Melbourne office in October 2016. Finalists battled it out to win a share of $20,000 to make their idea a reality.
Congratulations to Aaditya Bhargava for being awarded the $1,000 People’s Choice Award and $10,000 as the overall winner.
The finalists pitches were:
Bree Postma, Commerce, The University of Melbourne
My big idea is ‘Famphoto’ – an app that helps connect the elderly demographic with loved ones by transferring photos in real time to a digital frame in the family members home.
Aaditya Bhargava, Engineering, University of Western Australia
My big idea involves E-Waste recycling. University students would collect unwanted items from households and businesses, fix them and then donate the products to refugees and kids in rural Australia.
Holly Rand, Business, Griffith University
My big idea is to create an app to capture the actual speed/distance/time of learner drivers and reduce the fatalities on the road. No more falsifying hours!
Rene Da Silva & Matt Carey, Business, RMIT
Our big idea is to leverage the potential of augmented reality. By layering graphics over real world images, we envision creating an interactive model to enable people to locate items within seconds.
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