Startup Story competition

What's your story?


CONGRATULATIONS to our Startup Story finalists…

  • Osare Tasmania
  • Mr Brown & Towns Mushroom Garden
  • The Distillers Institute
  • e-RAW
  • Miss G & Me

Finalists will participate in an interview with our judging panel and a winner will be announced next week. The winner will then commence work a professional film maker and their promotional video will be premiered at our Christmas Cocktail event in December.

We are looking for a great Tasmanian startup story.

What makes a good story? Check out Nancy Duarte’s Ted Talk on the Secret Structure of Great Talks and Startup Tasmania Committee’s analysis of her storytelling model on our recent podcast.

Shining a light on the quiet achievers

They’re the hidden heroes in the Tasmanian startup ecosystem, the businesses that have developed and implemented a solution and have worked (or are still working) their way through the ‘valley of death’ to achieve scale. We know how hard it is and we want to recognise your achievement and inspire those just starting out on the journey.

So, tell us your story.

Tell us how you navigated your way to where you are today; the tough decisions, the lucky breaks and the serendipitous collaborations. The winning story will be transformed into a professional film clip prepared by Jane Davis, producer and Director of FoundHER, a feature length documentary celebrating female founders. 

Finalists will be recognised and the winning story will be premiered in front of the Tasmanian business community at the Startup Tasmania Christmas Cocktail event, co-hosted by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce in December.

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 4 October 2021
Applications close – Midnight AEDST Friday 29 October 2021
Applicants notified – Friday 5 November 2021

The finalists and competition winner will be published on our Facebook page and the Startup Tasmania website on Monday 8 November.

How do I enter?

It’s so simple. Just complete our online form below to enter.

Judging and selection criteria

A panel of judges, including Shona Markham, General Manager of Bell Bay Aluminium, David Peach, CEO of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, film maker Jane Davis, and Paul Cenoz, President of Startup Tasmania, will review eligible applications. The judges will select up to five finalists and the winner will be selected based on the criteria below:


  • How did you get through the transitional process from ideation to creation?
  • Value proposition – how well does your Startup address the gap in the market/problem/opportunity?


  • How is your Startup unique and what does your competition look like? 
  • How is your idea innovative?


  • Tell us about the potential growth rate your Startup has experienced, and how you’ve navigated that.
  • Have you sought outside assistance and collaboration, how did you go about that? How did it help your Startup? and did it create network effect?
  • Do you think you’ve used your network effect well?

Competition Guidelines

Who can apply?

Current members of Startup Tasmania at MVP stage or beyond with at least one founder, who is a Tasmanian resident.

How do I become a member of Startup Tasmania?

Submit a membership application here – it’s free!

What can I win?

1st prize – A promotional video (approximately 5 minutes in duration) written, directed, filmed and edited by a professional film maker.

Finalists will be VIP guests the Startup Tasmania Christmas Cocktails event.

What is the application process?

To submit an application, complete the online form above. Download a preview here.

You must submit your application by Midnight AEDST Friday 29 October 2021. 

How are applications assessed?

After applications close, the entries received will be screened for eligibility. The judging panel will prepare a short-list of finalists, based on the selection criteria above. Finalists will be invited to an interview with the judging panel and the winner will be published on the Startup Tasmania webpage and social media pages on Monday 8 November.

What happens if I am selected as a finalist?

Up to 5 finalists will be invited to participate in an interview with the judging panel.

Finalists will be recognised at the Startup Tasmania Christmas Cocktail event.

What happens if I am not selected as a finalist?

The objective of the Startup Tasmania Storytelling competition is to raise awareness of the spectrum of startups and scaleups in Tasmania. Of those not selected as finalists, we recommend you connect with Enterprize [[email protected], 1300 82 1115] and Startup Tasmania for free advice and support to continue to develop and progress your startup.

My question is not answered here, how do I get in touch?

If your question isn’t answered here, please email us via [email protected]

Proud sponsors of the Startup Tasmania Storytelling competition: