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Young Starters' Competition terms and conditions

By entering the DSITI Young Starters’ Competition (“the Competition”), you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions (if you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian read this):

The competition

    1. The Competition is conducted by the State of Queensland (through the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (the Department)(ABN 51 198 624 302) of Level 10, 111 George Street, Brisbane 4001.

General terms

    1. Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    2. If there is any inconsistency between these terms and conditions and anything else that refers to this Competition, these terms and conditions will prevail.
    3. The Department reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time in its sole and absolute discretion.
    4. All decisions made by the Department throughout the Competition are final.
    5. The Department may, in its sole and absolute discretion, add, modify or delete information related to this Competition including, but not limited to, registered Competition activities, participants, events and points earned.
    6. Any content generated by Competitors and in the public domain may be used by the Department for promotional purposes.
    7. All amounts are in Australian dollars.

Who can enter?

    1. Entry is only open to registered participants, and excludes employees and their immediate families of the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. Immediate family includes the following: siblings, defacto, spouse and children.
    2. The State may deem any entry invalid in its sole and absolute discretion.
    3. Competitors must be aged between 15 – 24 years of age at the time of joining the Competition.
    4. Competitors must be residents of Queensland for the duration of the Competition.
    5. The Department reserves the right to require proof of age and residency, before a winning Competitor can be awarded a prize.
    6. Competitors under 18 years old must have parent or guardian approval to enter the Competition, and the parent or guardian must consent to these terms and conditions and acknowledge they may be required by the Department to enter into a further agreement as evidence of consent to the person under 18 years old entering the Competition.
    7. By entering the Competition competitors (or where the competitor is under 18 years old, their parent or guardian) are providing consent for the State to use the competitor’s personal information to determine the competitor’s or their team’s eligibility to win the Competition.

When and how to enter stage 1 of the competition

  1. The Competition commences on 18 September 2016 at 8.00 am (AEST) and Stage 1 concludes on 31 March 2017 at 4:00pm (AEST).
  2. Competitors (individuals or a team of up to 3) must accept all Terms and Conditions in order to participate in the Competition. 
    1. Once a competitor has tweeted to join (refer to, they are prompted to review these Terms and Conditions and must tweet ‘Yes’ to accept and officially join the Young Starters’ Competition.
  3. Only one entry is permitted per individual or team.
  4. Competitors must use only one active, public Twitter account in order to participate in the Competition.
  5. Competitors must follow the Advance Queensland Twitter account in order to facilitate direct messaging via Twitter.
  6. Teams can have a maximum of 3 individuals but may only use one Twitter account to join and update progress.

Stage 1 of the Competition – Earning Points

    1. Competitors earn points by completing entrepreneurial activities AND tweeting details, in accordance with the tagging information provided (refer to
    2. A Competition leader board will automatically update based on correctly recorded, eligible activity.

Stage 2 of the Competition – Independent Judging Panel

    1. The thirty individuals or teams with the highest points on the Competition leaderboard at 4:00pm, (AEST) on 31 March 2017, will be invited to participate in Stage 2 of the Competition.
    2. The Stage 2 part of the Competition commences upon acceptance of invitation and Stage 2 concludes on 12 May 2017 at midnight (AEST).
    3. Invited participants (via Twitter direct messaging) for Stage 2 of the Competition will need to, within the specified timeframe, accept the invitation, provide a short (3-5 minute) pitch video and, for individuals under 18 years of age, provide a signed parental consent form (form to be provided by the Department) in order to be considered.
    4. During Stage 2 of the Competition, an independent judging panel will assess the participants, their registered Competition activities and their pitch video to determine the top ten individuals or teams with the greatest entrepreneurial potential.
    5. The top ten remaining individuals or teams will be invited to participate in Stage 3 of the Competition.
    6. Should an invitee choose not to participate in Stage 3 of the Competition, an invitation will be offered to the 11th placed individual or team from Stage 2, and so on.
    7. An additional contingent of up to 10 regional teams will also be nominated for Stage 3 by local stakeholders who will have discretion as to how they conduct the nomination process within their respective region.

Stage 3 of the Competition – Pitch Event

    1. The Stage 3 part of the Competition commences upon acceptance of invitation and Stage 3 concludes on 30 June 2017 at midnight (AEST).
    2. Competitors will be required to provide proof of age (eg. Student ID, Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or Passport) prior to competing in Stage 3 of the Competition, in order to confirm eligibility.
    3. Any competitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or trusted adult.
    4. Invited participants for Stage 3 of the Competition will need to accept the invitation within the specified timeframe in order to be considered.
    5. The Queensland Government will provide up to $1,000 per individual to regional competitors for travel, accommodation and meals by 31 May 2017. Competitors are deemed to be from regional Queensland if their home address is situated more than 150km drive from Brisbane CBD (refer to Figure 1 below).
    6. If a regional team consists of an individual under the age of 18, the Queensland Government will provide up to $1,000 per competitor (individual or team), by 31 May 2017, for one parent or guardian of a competitor or trusted adult (who holds a Blue Card) to accompany the minor(s), if required.
    7. The Young Starters’ Competition Pitch Event and associated activities, is expected to be held in Brisbane, Queensland, between 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2017, but is subject to change.
    8. Competitors will participate in a weekend bootcamp which will include mentoring sessions and pitch coaching to help participants refine their projects, and will conclude with a pitch competition to determine up to ten teams to progress to the formal Young Starters’ Pitch Event the following morning.
    9. Stage 3 Competitors will present a live pitch at the bootcamp and Pitch Event, if selected, at a scheduled time.
    10. Pitches from Stage 3 Competitors will be judged by an independent panel.
    11. The winning Stage 3 Competitors will be decided and announced at the formal Young Starters’ Pitch Event.

Stage 3 Pitch Event Competition Winners

  1. There will be two categories for winners of Stage 3 of the Competition:
    1. Overall Winner (selected by the judging panel) – winning Competitor to receive prizes valued up to $30,000
    2. People’s Choice Winner (as selected by attendees to the Pitch Event) – winning Competitor to receive prizes valued up to $15,000
  2. Prizes will be age appropriate and may include:
    1. Participation in a startup mission to a global innovation hot spot (restricted to ages 18+)
    2.  Mentoring
    3. Co-working space
    4. Showcasing at a national or international startup event
    5. Up to $5,000 to progress your startup
    6. An entrepreneurial skills program for your school (if under 18 years of age and still attending school)
  3. If Competition winner(s) register a business as a result of the Competition:
    1. it must be registered in the state of Queensland
    2. the winner(s) will be required to keep and share a video diary of their experience and share monthly updates (over 6 months) with the startup community.
  4. The Department will, at its absolute discretion, determine the appropriateness of prizes based on considerations including, but not limited to, the age and location of the Pitch Event Competition winner(s).
  5. If the prize is unavailable, the Department, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of approximately equal value and/or specification.
  6. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner (or the winner’s parent or legal guardian if the winner is under 18 years of age) must sign any legal documentation in the form determined by the Department which gives effect to the granting of the prize to the winner.
  7. In participating in the Competition, the winner(s) agrees to participate and co-operate as reasonably required in all activities related to the Competition, including but not limited to being interviewed and photographed (“Competition activities”).

No liability

  1. The Department will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the Competition except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. The Department is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by the entrant or any of the equipment or programming associated with, or utilised in this Competition, or for any technical error, or combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this Competition, including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line or telephone, mobile or satellite failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries.
  2. If for any reason, this Competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tempering unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Department which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, the Department reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition.
  3. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Department (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence) for any personal injury, loss or damage (including loss of opportunity) whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Competition, including but not limited to, where arising out of the following:
    1. any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Department’s control);
    2. any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference;
    3. any entry, submission or acceptance that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Department;
    4. any variation in prize value to that stated in these terms;
    5. any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant;
    6. the broadcast of any program relating to the Competition or the publication of any material, including statements made by any person; and/or
    7. participation in the Competition.
  4. If a Competitor breaches these terms, the State may immediately terminate their participation in the Competition.


  1. The Competitor (and any parent, guardian or trusted adult involved in the Competition) consents to their personal information (including in photo or video footage format) being collected, used, published or disclosed by the Department (including its contractors) to any third party, for internal use or for any purpose connected with the Competition or similar events.
  2. Personal information collected by the Department will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009.


  1. The Competitor grants to the Department a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence (including right of sublicense) to use, adapt, reproduce, publish, and exploit any material (including the pitch video) submitted by the Competitor in relation to the Competition, for any purpose connected to the Competition or similar events.
  2. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in these Terms affects the ownership of the Competitor’s copyright material or intellectual property generally.

Figure 1 - Brisbane CBD +150kms

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Last updated
8 March, 2017

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