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About the competition

LEAP is all about technology for humanity, and what better way to showcase this than by giving the hundreds of attending start-ups the chance to pitch their solutions in front of regional and international powerhouse investors to secure recognition and all-important funding.

The startup pitch competition will run across the three days of LEAP and is open to all start-ups exhibiting at the Start-up Park. We will also have several exciting addresses from successful start-ups – including unicorns from the region and beyond – to motivate and inspire this year’s start-up cohort. 

Competition categories

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Best early stage start-up (Alpha)

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Best mid stage start-up (Beta)

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Best late stage start-up (Growth)

Best ground breaking innovation

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Best start-up for society and humanity

Best female led start-up

*Please note that these guidelines are flexible, and category allocation may change depending on the range of start-ups that have applied when applications close. 


The three main awards divide the start-up entrants by size and scale, based on three general guidelines* – amount of funding, years in business and number of employees. 

As well as the three main awards, there will be an award for the overall winner.

Finally, there are three special awards that start-ups can opt into when applying, which champion female-led start-ups, ground breaking innovations, and "tech for humanity."

Alpha award

For the early-stage start-ups growing their ideas and beginning their journeys.

Beta award

For those start-ups looking to secure a foothold in the technology ecosystem.

Growth award

For the start-ups that have the drive and ambition to scale significantly.

Overall winner

 For the strongest, most outstanding start-up across the whole competition.

Best ground breaking innovation

For the start-up with an offering that is truly unique and light years ahead of the curve.

Best start-up for society and humanity

For the start-up that best embodies the spirit of LEAP, "tech for humanity".

Best female led innovation

For the best, most innovative start-up pioneered by women founders.

Get the dates in your diary!

Here is the competition timeline

Late November

Applications open – entrants answer a series of screening questions.

1st January 

Applications close – the judges will whittle the entrants down to a shortlist of 90.

16th January

Entrants that qualify for the shortlist will be informed and placed in a main award category.

1st & 2nd February

Shortlisted entrants will have 5 minutes to pitch their start-ups live at LEAP in the semi-finals.

3rd February

The 10 highest scoring startups overall will pitch again at the Grand Final where the Overall Winner will be chosen.