QUT bluebox Challenge

The QUT bluebox Challenge


The QUT bluebox Challenge is an opportunity to pitch your innovative ideas and ventures for a share in $500,000 to go towards your idea!

Exclusively for QUT students, alumni and staff, if you have a startup idea, innovation, product, process or service take the challenge now!

To enter complete a brief online application. The finalists will pitch before a live audience and judging panel in October 2017.

Applications are now open and close on Monday 21 August 2017.

Apply today


Up to $500,000 of awards are on offer as follows:

$100,000 of cash awards

$100,000 of in-kind professional services

$100,000 of startup accelerator program opportunities

$100,000 of potential co-investment from the QUT Founders Fund*

$100,000 of potential co-investment from invited early stage investors*

* Subject to investment decisions by the QUT Founders Fund and invited early stage investors


24 July

Applications open

21 August

Applications close

Finalists announced


Finalists pitching and investment workshops

Finalists present preview pitch to early stage investors

Finalists submit speed pitch video

Online crowd voting open

Finalists Pitch and Awards Event tickets open

21 August

Applications close

Finalists announced

11 October

Finalists submit full pitch slide deck

Finalists present full pitch at Finalists Pitch Event

Up to $500,000 offered at Finalists Awards Event

Previous Entrants


Redchip Lawyers business Depot Impact Innovation Group Davies Collison Cave (DCC) Sales Ecosystem
Hatched Help the Biz Shape Labs Tonto HR Sapient Razorfish

Frequently Asked Questions


Stage 1: Apply

Submit an online application by Monday 21 August 2017. Apply now at www.f6s.com/qutblueboxChallenge.

Stage 2: Finalists announced

A judging panel will assess all the applications and select up to five finalists.

Finalists will need to prepare a 30 second speed pitch video outlining their innovation and how it could or is being progressed as a new venture. The speed pitch videos will be available for online crowd voting in the lead up to the full pitch event.

Finalists will also need to submit a slide deck for a five minute full pitch by Tuesday 3 October 2017.

To help finalists prepare their speed pitch and full pitch, they will have access to pitching and investment workshops in the first half of September 2017.

Stage 3: The Pitch

Finalists will be offered an opportunity to give a 5 minute preview pitch to early stage investors in the second half of September 2017.

Each finalist must give a five minute full pitch before a judging panel and a live audience on Wednesday 11 October 2017. These pitches will be delivered at QUT Gardens Point campus. The awards, including the crowd voting award, will be offered immediately following at an Awards Event.


This Challenge is open to all novel and commercially-relevant innovation, including products, processes or services, and business models, and associated ventures.

Applicants can be at any stage of development, from a new concept to a new venture formed less than three years before the time of application. Business plans are not required but we will ask for further details about your innovation and venture plans.

Applicants must confirm that the content of their innovation is owned by themselves and/or owned by QUT (or alternatively that they have the exclusive right to commercialise if the applicant is a company).


QUT bluebox Challenge is for individuals, teams and companies. Entrants can apply multiple times; as long as each application focuses on a different venture.

The Challenge is not open to visiting scholars or visiting researchers.

Individual applicants must be either a:

  • QUT student
  • QUT alumnus
  • QUT staff member
  • Team applicants, of up to four members, must include at least one actively participating member, who is either a:
  • QUT student
  • QUT alumnus
  • QUT staff member

The team will need to demonstrate that the one or more alumni/student/staff members are integral to the team have an ongoing involvement in taking the innovation forward as a new venture.

Company applicants must include at least one director and at least one shareholder, each of who is a:

  • QUT student
  • QUT alumnus
  • QUT staff member

Read the full terms and conditions here.


Submit your application online at www.f6s.com/qutblueboxChallenge.

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions about your application contact us at startup@qutbluebox.com.au.

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