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The first UNSW Torch Startup Competition Co-hosted by UNSW and Tsinghua University

Free trip to Shanghai for 3 days
Represent Australia to win a share of $72,000 AUD (360k RMB) in cash prizes
Attend China’s annual national innovation and entrepreneurship conference
Get startup support from Shanghai’s Yangpu district government and the UNSW Startup Program team

Who Should Enter?

- You are interested in exploring the potential of the Chinese market for your technology or solution
- You are interested in finding Chinese investors or partners
- You are interested in learning more about China’s business environment
- You’d like a paid-for trip to China and the chance to win cash prizes while representing Australia

Entry Criteria

- Must be a registered company before 30st June 2017
- A or Pre-A round startup (raising no more than $10 million AUD)
- Your Company should have a strong technological component that fits into the following broad categories:

Smart City: AI, big data, Internet of Things and other digital/internet/data projects
Eco City: Clean energy, renewable energy, new materials, water treatment and other environmental industry projects
Happy City: Biomedical, medical health, cultural industries and any other related lifestyle or consumer innovation projects

NOTE: This competition is open to any Australian startup matching the above criteria, with no requirements on University affiliation


First Level

3 top teams awarded 80K RMB (around $16K AUD) Cash Prize each

Second Level

3 teams awarded 30K RMB (around $6K AUD) Cash Prize each

Third Level

6 teams awarded 5K RMB (around $1K AUD) Cash Prize each

In-kind support

All teams will receive support and benefits from Shanghai’s Yangpu district innovation park, as well as support from the UNSW Startup Program team


How to Enter

Email to

  1. A copy of your pitch deck OR business plan OR project/tech brief OR website link (whichever ONE is most applicable or convenient) 
  2. The contact details of the person responsible from your team (full name, email, phone number)