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Meet this year’s top 12

The St.George Kick Start program sees 12 finalists pitch at TEDxSydney Online for their chance to win a share in $100K to support their biggest, brightest business ideas.

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.

Key dates

Applications for the St.George Kick Start program are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied and you’ll be hearing from us soon. 

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

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.

14 October: Nominations competition drawn and the winner will be notified in writing.

6 November: TEDxSydney 2020

For more information see FAQS.

Read the Kick Start Terms and Conditions (PDF 139KB).

What's in it for your business?

The Top 12 finalists will be recorded and pitch in front of the TEDx Sydney digital event for their share to win $100,000 in business grants to kick start their business idea.

  • St. George Logo: use of the St.George logo
  • Exclusive pitch coaching masterclass: Our pitch coach will help you craft your 60 second pitch ahead of TEDxSydney
  • Exclusive cash flow masterclass: Our team of bankers will ensure you learn simple ways to monitor and improve your cash flow management

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