Peter Farrell Cup


The Peter Farrell Cup (PFC) is named after Peter Farrell, the founder and Chairman of ResMed and 2001 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year. Now in its 17th year, the Peter Farrell Cup started in 2001 as Australia's first student-run entrepreneurship competition.

Brought to you by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), it is our Business School’s annual student entrepreneur challenge. The competition is one of the most important entrepreneurial activities at UNSW and it is open to students from all faculties.

With the support of industry mentors and judges, this is a unique opportunity to develop the real-life entrepreneurial skills you’ll need to bring an innovation to market, with the support of industry mentors. If you win the final pitching round, you will walk away with a $15,000 cash prize – a potential kick-start for your future business.

The Competition

Over three months, teams develop their business ideas through workshops and with the support of industry mentors and judges from Sydney’s innovation and entrepreneurship community.

The goal of the competition is to encourage students to create, develop, and present viable business ideas.

All teams are expected to abide by the competition rules and the Business School and CIE reserve the right to disqualify, at any time, any team that violates the rules, regulations or the spirit of the competition.

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Interested in entering the 2017 Peter Farrell Cup?

The PFC is open to UNSW undergraduate, postgraduate, HDR and MBA students across all faculties. The maximum number of students on a competition team is five (5) and at least one member of each team must be a current UNSW student. It is a team challenge, so individual entries are not allowed.

Date Event Venue Time
2nd August Student Information Evening Ritchie Theatre, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW 6:00pm - 8:00pm
11th August One-Page Synopsis Due Online Submission
17th August Mentor Match Evening Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, UNSW 6:00pm - 8:30pm
23rd August Pitch Deck Workshop Level 6 Theatres, UNSW CBD Campus 6:00pm - 8:30pm
24th August Pitchfest Workshop Level 6 Theatres, UNSW CBD Campus 6:00pm - 8:30pm
4th, 6th & 7th September Pitchfests Galleries, John Niland Scientia Building 6:00pm - 9:00pm
22nd September Pitch Deck Due Online Submission
17th October Finals The Wentworth Ballroom, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Student Information Evening

The Student Information Evening is a useful introduction for participants who are interested in competing in the Peter Farrell Cup competition. Students will have the opportunity to hear from event organisers, judges and mentors, and previous teams to better learn about the Peter Farrell Cup experience. Competition details and expectations will be shared and attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Details for the Information Evening are as follows:

When: Wednesday 2 August 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: Ritchie Theatre, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

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First prize


Second prize


Third prize


Plus prizes

Best technology | Greatest social impact | The people's choice award

In order to be awarded any prize, at least one member of the competing team, excluding the team’s advisor, must be present at the finals night. No exception will be made.