Young Starters’ Competition

If you’re a young Queenslander aged 15 to 24 and have a great entrepreneurial idea, you could win prizes to help you develop your startup idea.

What's important

  • Helping young entrepreneurs get investor-ready by building business skills and developing their startup ideas.
  • The chance to win prizes valued at up to $45,000, including a place in a startup mission to a global innovation hot spot.
  • Open to young Queenslanders aged 15–24, as individuals or teams of up to three.
  • Earn points based on entrepreneurial activities you complete and share on social media.
  • Leaders will be invited to pitch to win a place at an exclusive startup bootcamp and the chance to win the major prizes.
  • River City Labs is running the 2018 Young Starters’ Competition, information on eligibility as well as the terms and conditions are available on the River City Labs website.


About the Young Starters’ Competition

The Young Starters' Competition can help young people connect with leading innovators, develop business skills and get a startup idea ready for investors.

The competitive program gives you the chance to:

  • learn how to be a successful entrepreneur or build on existing business knowledge and skills
  • see entrepreneurship as a career pathway
  • develop and pitch ideas to early investors
  • win prizes geared towards helping turn ideas into a new business opportunity
  • unleash the potential to make a lasting contribution to Queensland’s future.

2017 winners

The winners of the inaugural Young Starters’ Competition were:

Overall winner:
Grant Sampson, 16, from the Gold Coast for his innovative BragTag digital fishing app.

People’s Choice:
Robert Joseph, 21, from the Gold Coast for his skiing helmet-beanie solution dubbed Anti.

Startup Catalyst Youth Mission:
Ben Coughlin, 19, from Brisbane for his idea, Backyard Coach.

Find out more about the Finals Pitch Breakfast event, hosted by River City Labs on 5 June 2017.

Last updated 10 Dec, 2018
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