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The Battle of the Founders is not your average start-up competition – it follows a unique sequence that empowers all founders with insights into capital raising and the art of delivering a compelling pitch.

 

Tonight is the final battle, where three finalists will be crowned and win a capital raise with OnMarket – an incredible opportunity for any start-up.

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In Partnership With

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Fishburners is a world class hub for tech enabled founders and entrepreneurs. Being a part of the Fishburners community means you are connected with the best people, resources and support for your startup to thrive and grow. 

 Meet our MC

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Clive is the chair of Fishburners and our host for the evening. He has been a tech investor for many years, helping build companies including Sky Software and Open Learning, prior to a 20 year successful tech career including positions at NetScape, REA and Digital. 

 

His energy and experience brings the event to life, making it a fun and inclusive event for all.

 Meet the Judges

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Angus Stuart is a Managing Director of Adamantem Capital. 

Prior to this Angus was a Director at Wolseley Private Equity from 2007-2016, a Manager at Pacific Brands, and began his career at Bain & Company. He has substantial board experience as chairperson or director of the businesses owned by private equity funds and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Angus is actively involved in mentoring young people through various initiatives including in his previous role as President of Sydney University Rugby Club and sits on the board of Hellers and Advara Hearthcare and oversees Heritage. Angus holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a BEng (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

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Robin, the Managing Director of Jigsaw Agency, has over 7 years of hands-on experience in raising capital for start-ups. With a track record of helping more than 150 companies across Australia and the UK, Robin has been able to help companies secure over $75 million through equity crowdfunding campaigns.

Robin's passion lies in empowering startups, a cornerstone philosophy at Jigsaw Agency—where the belief is that powerful stories raise capital. His keen understanding of storytelling and compelling messaging has enabled numerous businesses to tap into capital they might otherwise have missed.

Specialising in capital raising marketing services, Robin and his team translate complex business models into digestible narratives that attract investors.

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Meet Sinéad Fitzgerald, a Senior Partner Development Manager at Microsoft. Sinéad works with emerging and scaling HealthTech SaaS providers to help them grow and innovate through strategic partnerships. She has a wealth of experience in the IT industry, having worked in various roles across sales, marketing, business development and channel management for over 20 years.

 

Sinéad is also a champion for equal rights and social justice. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and contribute to society, and that the tech industry can play a key role in eliminating social disparities.

 

She is passionate about supporting, empowering and mentoring women and refugees who want to build their careers in tech.

 Meet the Finalists

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BigR.ai

An artificial intelligence social agency for SMBs, completing 10 hours of work in 10 minutes.

SportsBlock

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SportsBlock is the game changer for sports organisations, replacing process and platform overload with powerful software. They're reshaping how people understand managing a sports organisation with technology, and helping shift the focus back to sport.

Verbalate

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Enabling creators to communicate with the world through universal video translation and lip sync software.

Prolete

Founder: Dale Cole

A revolutionary athlete talent identification platform aiming to disrupt the multi billion dollar outdated scouting industry.

Zonley

Zonley is a revolution in social sport and activity. It is a marketplace and inclusive social community connecting people to each other and to available times at sporting venues.

Refilled

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Refilled is empowering organisations and consumers to go plastic-free with its smart drink dispenser the Refiller. Capable of pouring over 100+ flavoured still and sparkling drinks into any reusable bottle, their mission is to save 100 million single-use plastic bottles from landfills by 2030.

Prize Breakdown

All winners will raise growth capital with OnMarket for no up-front cost * 

Winner: Full Ready to Raise Program (valued at $25K) 

Runner Up: Part Ready to Raise Program (valued at $15K) 

Crowd Favourite: Part Ready to Raise Program (valued at $10K) 

OnMarket's Ready to Raise Program

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*Please note, a success fee upon raise completion is still applicable for each Battle of the Founders winner.

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