Peter Farrell Cup

The Competition

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.

Apply for the Peter Farrell Cup

Submissions for the 2017 Peter Farrell Cup are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an application and best of luck in the competition. We look forward to the finals on October 17.

Looking for a Team or for Members?

If you are looking to join a team, you can create your own profile and join the PFC discussion board. The PFC discussion board is a great way to connect with other budding entrepreneurs so that you can a) find a team or b) find a member with a specific skill set.

Mentor Match Evening

Teams will be given the opportunity to formally meet their mentor for the first time at the Mentor Match evening. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with your industry mentor and to properly introduce and explain your business venture. At the event teams and their mentors are encouraged to go over the Student and Mentor agreement to outline both parties’ expectations. If teams would like to have an industry mentor, they must indicate their desire to participate in the mentoring matching process when they register for the competition. Mentors not provided by the Business School and CIE will not be approved.

Workshops


Pitch Workshop

Now that you've come up with a brilliant business idea, you need to learn how to convince others that it’s worth their time or support. Pitching is the art of persuading someone with the power to do something for your team or idea and, in the PFC, this could mean winning $15,000 to get your business off the ground!

In this workshop, you will be introduced to effective pitching strategies and skills from a successful entrepreneur who is also an experienced communication coach and judge in previous years of the Peter Farrell Cup. You will also see a demonstration from an active entrepreneur with an exemplary pitch.

Come and learn how you can improve your pitch delivery skills so that you can engage, entertain and convince your audience that your brilliant business idea is bound for success!

Pitch Deck Workshop

The competition finalists will be judged on their pitch deck submission; therefore it is very important for you to learn how to deliver a stand-out entry. In this workshop, you will be introduced to putting together two types of pitch decks 1) to support your presentation, and 2) for your pitch deck submission. The two are actually very different in their approach and having the knowledge to compose them effectively can differentiate you from the competition.

The workshop will be delivered by a Program Manager from UNSW’s own Startup Programs team who has a background in marketing communications, with a guest talk from an experienced designer who can introduce you to design principles for producing persuasive and appealing slide decks. Come and learn how to visually communicate the information behind your company, successfully!

Pitchfests 1,2 & 3

The selected 45 teams will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges at one of three Pitchfests. Teams will be allocated to a Pitchfest by the event organisers and must present at the designated Pitchfest or face being disqualified.

Each pitch will follow the following format: Three minutes of pitch time and three minutes of Q&A from the judging panel. Time limits will be strictly observed. Each team is allowed a maximum of ten PowerPoint slides for their presentation and slides must be in Microsoft Power Point 3x4 format.

At each Pitchfest, the judging panel will select one winner. The winner will be given automatic entry to the Finals round, although the winning teams are still required to submit their Pitch Deck by 22 September 2017. For more information on the pitching Judging Guidelines, please see the Judging Criteria.

Pitchfest evenings will only be open to teams who are pitching on the night.

Finals

Criteria for the finals are similar to that for the Pitchfests, however both the pitch deck and the verbal pitch, including traction (journey), will be considered in the final grade. This means that all the judges in the finals will have had the opportunity to assess both pitch decks and the pitch.

The consensus of opinion by the Judges will decide the first, second, and third-place winners, with extra prizes also awarded for the best technology, greatest social impact and people’s choice awards at the finals event.

Each pitch will follow the following format: Five minutes of pitch time, two minutes of audience Q&A, and three minutes of Q&A from the judging panel. Time limits will be strictly observed. Each team is allowed a maximum of twenty PowerPoint slides for their presentation and slides must be in Microsoft Power Point 3x4 format.

Competitors will be judged not only on their presentation skills and the content of the presentation, but also on their poise and responses during the Q&A period. For more information on the Judging Guidelines, please see the Rules and Guidelines section.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded on the night. Each competing team must accept the award at that time or will forfeit their prize(s).