Is there a cost to participate in the program?

No, there are no costs to you if you are selected to participate in the pitch. We don’t take equity either. Startups are required to cover their own travel costs to the pitch event held in the Melbourne, however may be able to pitch remotely if unable to attend in person.

What types of startups are you looking for specifically?

  • If your startup is working on something which has use cases for any of the challenges, then we're interested.

  • Not sure? Apply anyway and we’ll let you know.

  • If you think you can't solve any of the business challenges but believe your product can benefit City of Ballarat, City of Casey and City of Whittlesea, then we still want to hear from you. Please also apply through the application process.

What does the application process entail?

Once you're reviewed our problem statement, go ahead and make your application via our Apply page. Be as thorough as possible.

Following a review of all applications, a shortlist of applicants will be invited to pitch in the Melbourne.

Successful startups will be chosen to collaborate with City of Ballarat, City of Casey and City of Whittlesea.


Collective Campus is a corporate innovation school and startup accelerator with clients all over the world.
We help corporates with their innovation strategies, have our own co-working space, and run accelerator programs. We have run program such as:
- APAC’s first dedicated legal services accelerator program with Mills Oakley.
- Village Digital Xperience (VR/AR) Accelerator
- Charter Hall (PropTech) Accelerator
- NTUC Income Startup Challenge
- Bank of New Zealand Startup Challenge

Since opening in 2014 , we’ve worked with over 100 startups that have collectively raised over US$25M.


We receive hundreds of applications and review each one individually. We will respond to everyone with a yes or no, but it may take a few weeks after applications close.

What is the time commitment?

Those successfully shortlisted to pitch the councils will need to set aside a day for the actual pitch event. Should you be selected to explore a partnership with the councils, a separate discussion will take place around time commitments.

Where is the pITCH located?

Pitch event will take place in Melbourne. Startups may pitch remotely if required.

Does participating in the program guarantee further investment or usage of my product by any of the corporate sponsors?

No, it is entirely at the councils' discretion if they choose to invest in your startup or engage with you in a pilot program during or after the program. Think of your time at the program as an opportunity to build relationships and to demonstrate what you can do.


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