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What is St.George Kick Start?

The St.George Kick Start program exists to help Australian small businesses get started. Whether you have a big idea or an existing business – if you have a great idea you can apply for the program!

You can apply for one of two categories:

1. A new business idea, or

2. An idea to grow an existing business.

The Top 12 finalists pitch to win at TEDxSydney 2020 in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

Do you have a cracking business idea?

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The Top 2 winners receive $40,000 each.
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The Top 2 runner up winners receive $10,000 each.

Application requirements

To apply you must be:

An Australian resident

Over 18 years of age

Your application will be judged by an independent judging panel from Deloitte who will determine the top 12 finalists. The Top 12 finalists will pitch to win at TEDxSydney in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The Top 2 winners and top 2 runner up winners will be announced at TEDxSydney and awarded with $40,000 (winners) and $10,000 (runner up).

For more information see FAQS.

Key dates

Thank you to all applicants who have already applied. 

Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety and wellbeing of others, TEDxSydney 2020 has been postponed to 6th November 2020

In response and to support more businesses through this tough time, we have extended application openings of St.George Kick Start until Monday 15th June 2020.

3 February: nominations and applications open.

15 June: application period closes.

25 Sep - 9 Oct: independent judging panel determines finalists.

12 - 13 October: Finalists will be notified and will be asked to pitch at TEDxSydney.

6th November: TEDxSydney 2020

For more information see FAQS.

What's in it for your business?

The Top 12 finalists will pitch in front of a live audience at TEDxSydney for their chance to win a share of $100,000 towards their business idea.

National media recognition: your business will be recognised in media nationally and potential marketing opportunities.

St.George logo: use of the St.George logo.

Awards celebration: celebrate at an Awards dinner with the St.George Kick Start finalists.

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