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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 build business skills and develop their startup ideas to get them investor-ready.
  • 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 at the end of the Stage 1 will be invited to pitch to win a place at an exclusive startup bootcamp and the chance to win the major prizes.
  • The inaugural Young Starters’ Competition concluded 5 June 2017.

About the Young Starters’ Competition

The Young Starters' Competition can help connect you with leading innovators, develop your business skills and help get your 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 skills
  • see entrepreneurship as a career pathway
  • develop and pitch ideas to investors
  • win prizes geared towards helping turn your ideas into a new business
  • unleash your potential to make a lasting contribution to Queensland’s prosperity.

2017 winners

The winners of the inaugural Young Starters’ Competition are:

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, delivered by River City Labs on 5 June 2017.


Applications are now closed.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged between 15–24 years of age at the time of joining the Competition
  • be residents of Queensland for the duration of the Competition
  • have parent or guardian approval to enter if you are under 18.

Terms and conditions will be available before the next round is opened.

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Last updated
17 September, 2016

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