Perfect Pitch

Stage: Competition Finished

Eligibility requirements:

This competition is open to students & employees up to 15 years from PhD completion (career interruptions considered), of any gender, of the five WiSPP member institutes.

Competition Brief:

You never know when you might need to pitch your research to a potential supporter. Imagine you’re at a function. A world renowned investor walks in and stands next to you. There are many people vying for her attention and you have a brief window to impress her – one hundred and eighty seconds maximum. Within this time frame, your aim is to effectively summarise your research, excite her interest and get a meeting time for further discussions about funding your research.

We are asking applicants to submit a 180 second video pitch explaining your research – the pitch should be aimed at attracting the interest of potential funders from across a range of non-academic sectors (corporate, philanthropy, and venture capital etc). You will have the opportunity of winning the people's choice award ($500) or gaining entry tickets to a shark tank competition to win our NAB travel award ($2000) and student prize ($500).

The shark tank competition will take place on the 17th of October at The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre 2.00pm -4.00pm. The finalists will be notified by the 14th of October to give them the weekend to prepare for their 180 seconds live pitch to our Judges and audience. We expect a number of people to attend this event who fit the "potential investor" description. Come along and be prepared to pitch your research for real at our afternoon tea networking session following the competition.

Producing your video:

This competition will be judged according to your ability to engage your audience with your pitch - it is not a competition about video production.

Smartphones produce quality videos and we encourage you use this easily available resource to enter the competition. The judges will be looking for engaging pitches they want to see in a live shark tank presentation - so grab your phone and get filming!

If you are interested there will also be support within each institute to develop your pitch and video. For advice about accessing your institute's technical support please contact the WiSPP Project Officer, Alice Tinning on

Once you’ve uploaded your entry, make sure you promote it on social media. On Twitter, use the handle @WISParkville and #perfectpitch to let us know all about it!

Judging Process:

There will be two panels of judges selected from across a range of sectors (corporate, philanthropy, media, venture capital etc).

Panel One will judge the video pitches and shortlist five for live presentation:

Krystal Evans – CEO BioMelbourne Network

Andy Gearing – Biocomm2

Shane Huntington – RRR Science Broadcaster

Paul Wood  –   Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)

Grace Jin - Human Resource Manager Cisco Systems Australia

Annabella Newton - Patent & Trade Mark Attorney, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

NAB Panel

Panel Two will judge the shark tank competition on the 17th of October.

Frank McGuire – Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research

Caitriona Fay – National Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services, Perpetual

Bridie Smith – The Age Science Reporter

Shane Huntington – RRR Science Broadcaster

Shannon Lyndon-Lugg - GM, People for Business. Banking

Tim Fawcett , Director of Corporate Affairs Cisco Systems Australia

A Peoples’ Choice award will be conducted using the thinkable voting system.

Conditions of entry:

As the submitter of the video, you must be the copyright owner of all content or have permission from the creator to use their content. Credit for content that you do not own must be provided. All entries that breach this rule will be disqualified and removed from the website. By submitting an entry you are consenting to your video being promoted by WiSPP across different platforms. Your video may remain available on after the competition has concluded and it may be used in subsequent promotions for WiSPP.

 Funding Available



The Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP) collaboration has a goal to increase the number of women who attain senior leadership positions in science. Our research partners are: The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, The Florey Institute, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Peter Doherty Institute & Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre