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SOCIAL IMPACT
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TECH IN THE ARTS
EQUITY IN INNOVATION

The globally successful start-up awards event has officially launched in Australia and is taking applications now! Enter for free to get public recognition for your early stage start-up, find investors and access top advisors.

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ABOUT


Burning Heroes is the first start-up awards created by founders for founders!

Since its founding in 2022, Burning Heroes has run numerous events across the world (with more currently in development right now!), hosting over 2000 participants and highlighting the work of 50 start-ups globally.

After the success of the African chapter in 2023, Burning Heroes is now coming to Australia to help early-stage startups showcase their potential.

We know how hard it is to start from scratch: idea validation, team building, seeking product market fit, go-to-market strategy, wait lists, early adopters’ communities... it’s tough. This is why we want to network with the best teams and share our experiences.

Apply now (for free!) to get the chance to be noticed by top advisors and investors and to join our Burning Heroes community!

WHO SHOULD APPLY


Pre-seed start-ups

Do you have an idea that you’ve worked hard on? Do you have confirmation from your early adopters? Have you developed your MVP or prototype? Apply and gain access to investors and top advisors with Burning Heroes!

Seed start-ups

Have you developed a product or service? Have you validated the product-market fit and can demonstrate some traction? Apply and open the door to new opportunities with Burning Heroes!

APPLY NOW

(It’s super simple, we promise!)

NOMINATE A SUPERSTAR STARTUP


Thanks in part to Australian ‘tall-poppy-syndrome’, we know some start-up founders might be hesitant to put their hand up for an award. They might also be so busy building, they don’t know the Burning Heroes Awards exist!

If you know a start-up worthy of recognition - take 30 seconds to give them a nudge by completing our nomination form here. They’ll get an automated email letting them know you think they’ve got what it takes, along with some information on the awards.

Note: They will only officially enter the competition if they submit a formal application.

NOMINATE A STARTUP

WHO SHOULD APPLY


Pre-seed start-ups

Do you have an idea that you’ve worked hard on? Do you have confirmation from your early adopters? Have you developed your MVP or prototype? Apply and gain access to investors and top advisors with Burning Heroes!

Seed start-ups

Have you developed a product or service? Have you validated the product-market fit and can demonstrate some traction? Apply and open the door to new opportunities with Burning Heroes!

NOMINATE A SUPERSTAR STARTUP




Thanks in part to Australian ‘tall-poppy-syndrome’, we know some start-up founders might be hesitant to put their hand up for an award. They might also be so busy building, they don’t know the Burning Heroes Awards exist!

If you know a start-up worthy of recognition - take 30 seconds to give them a nudge by completing our nomination form here. They’ll get an automated email letting them know you think they’ve got what it takes, along with some information on the awards.

Note: They will only officially enter the competition if they submit a formal application.

APPLY NOW

(It’s super simple, we promise!)


AWARD CATEGORIES

There are three main categories our judging panel will use to award prizes.

GLOBAL REACH


Has a scalable, sustainable, and defensible model that has successfully expanded its presence and impact on the global stage.

Criteria:

• Global Market Size
• Market Validation
• Maturity

Judges:

• VCs
• Global Founders
• Experienced operators

Social Impact


Is driving positive change by combining business acumen to address social, environmental, and governance challenges for a better world.

Criteria:

• ESG Aligned
• Demonstrated Impact
• Domain knowledge

Judges:

Leaders & founders in
• Environment
• Social
• Governance

AUSSIE MARKET MOVER


Tackles challenges unique to Australia, propelling innovation and progress within the local market.

Criteria:

• Originality
• Market Disruption
• Market Impact

Judges:

• Accelerator Programs
• Aussie Founders
• Angel Investors

BURNING HEROES RECOGNITION CATEGORIES


Judges will also be on the lookout for start-ups that have the below special, often undervalued, characteristics. Start-ups can self-nominate for these categories if they think they fit the bill, but all start-ups that enter the competition will be considered for a Burning Heroes Recognition award.

EQUITY IN INNOVATION


Champions diversity and inclusivity, leading the way in driving innovation with equal opportunities for all. Empowering change, one breakthrough at a time.

SPEEDY START-UP


Embraces agility, making remarkable strides in innovation and market responsiveness. A true accelerator of success.

TECH IN THE ARTS


Fuses technology with art, enriching creative experiences and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.


Start-ups can only receive one award, from one category. All award recipients across all six categories will receive access to the same amazing prize pool. 

KEY DATES

Sep 25, 2023

Applications and nominations open for the competition.

Start-ups can enter by submitting an application which will include a current pitch deck, brief explanation of the problem you’re solving and why your solution fulfills the criteria for the category / categories you’ve selected.

See: Award Categories

oCt 15, 2023

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Applications & nominations close.

The Burning Heroes team alongside a number of experienced founders (making up the ‘Jury’) will carefully evaluate the applications submitted and select a shortlist of 15. The top 15 start-ups selected will be invited to pitch at our Live Online Pitch session.

nov 1, 2023

Live Online Pitch session in front of our panel of Judges, made up of fellow founders, investors and ecosystem contributors.

nov 2, 2023

Winners are announced!

The TOP 3 winners in the following categories: Global Reach, Social Impact, and Aussie Market Mover. We’ll also announce the winners for our 3 special awards: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Speedy Start-up, Tech in the Arts

If you weren’t selected for an award, don’t worry, you will still get valuable feedback.

What  you  get

Media mentions as part of the event promotion

Top experts’ feedback

Free private sessions with experts from the jury

Personal pricing and promo codes from our partners

Membership in our closed community of 50+ founders and start-ups experts globally

TEAM & JURY

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

TEAM

Program Coordinator, Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

TEAM

Co-founder & Head of Growth, Overnight Success & Co-founder & Head of Marketing, Stella Startups

TEAM

Strategy & Operations

TEAM

Senior Manager, M&A & Lead Investor, News Corp & Scaleup Mediafund

TEAM

Senior Project Manager, FareHarbor

TEAM

CEO & Founder, NiceTo

TEAM

Chief of Staff, Black Nova Venture Capital

TEAM

Deputy CPO, OKKO

TEAM

Startup Consulting, LMR Consulting LLC

Pitch JUDGES

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple


To be announced soon - watch this space!

Judges’ Work

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A curated list of the public APIs

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join the competition

APPLY


Enter your start-up into the competition by completing our application form. If you have an existing pitch deck, it should only take you around 10 mins to complete. Simple!

APPLY NOW

NOMINATE


If you know a start-up doing amazing things - take 30 seconds to send them a nudge by nominating them below.

Note: They will only officially enter the competition if they submit a formal application. 

NOMINATE A STARTUP


Have questions?
Get in touch!
australia+team@burningheroes.com

FAQ

What is the Burning Heroes definition of a startup? 

We define start-ups as any new business that has the potential to scale fast, is agile and often has a characteristic driven by technology or innovation.

Can any startup participate regardless of the industry?

Yes, we welcome start-ups from any industry to participate in our contest and present us the problems you’re solving with your solutions.

I’m a busy start-up founder - what’s the total time it will take to participate?

The process to participate as a start-up is really simple and designed to only take the minimum time required, but give you maximum benefit for your input.

All you’ll need to do is:
 1.   Submit an application form. If you have a pitch deck ready, this should take you no more than 10 minutes.
 
2.   If you’re shortlisted in the top 15 companies selected to pitch at our online event, aside from the time to practice your killer pitch, the event will take 2 hours with 3 minutes allocated to each pitch and 2 minutes for Q&A.

That’s it!

What will participation in this contest give me?

The top 15 start-ups selected will receive valuable feedback from investors and experts from leading Australian companies. Winners across each category will be awarded with individual consultations with the experts from the panel of judges, access to a closed community of The Burning Heroes Association, perks from our partners, as well as mentions in the media!

If my company is not registered yet, can I still participate?

To participate in this contest it is not mandatory to have a registered company. We want to see ideas that have vast potential.

If my pitch deck is raw or under-developed, should I still participate?

We recommend applying even if you are not confident in your deck. We pay much more attention to your ability to grow based on market fit, business model, product design, innovative technology and ability to execute as a team.

How long will it take to apply?

We’ve intentionally kept the application process short and shiny so it’s easy for busy founders to participate. If you have a pitch deck ready to upload, your application should only take around 10 minutes to complete. We’re looking for quality over quantity in answers.

Will there be certificates for participants and winners?

In addition to the experience, the Top 15 participants will receive a unique certificate stating that you took part in the Burning Heroes Australia Startup Awards. Winners will also receive an electronic badge that they can share on their website or social media.

How much does it cost to enter the competition?

It is completely free to enter in the competition and there are no hidden costs. Burning Heroes is a not-for-profit organisation focused purely on positive impact. The organising team is made up 100% by volunteers who are just passionate about seeing start-ups thrive! We also keep our costs low by hosting the pitch event online, which also makes it more accessible to participants from across the country.

What will happen at the Live Online Pitch event?

The pitch event will invite all top 15 start-ups shortlisted to pitch to our panel of judges. Each start-up will have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch, and then 2 minutes will be allocated for Q&A from the judging panel.

At the end of the event, the judges’ scores will be tallied live and the winners announced for all 6 categories!