Do you have a bright idea for the defence and security sector, with strength in the Land Domain? Register now for a chance to pitch your next big thing at the Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest.

About Innovation PitchFest

Innovation PitchFest is a dynamic and stimulating event where selected participants have the chance to present their latest science and technology ideas to Defence in the form of a short 3-minute pitch. The event brings together DSTG, industry and academia and is an opportunity to learn from rising talents in Australia’s research and development sector.  

2021 PitchFest Goes Virtual

This year, to accommodate the current COVID-19 safety measures, Innovation PitchFest will look a little different. Successful applicants, in lieu of live presentations, will deliver their pitches prior to the event via Zoom. Pitches will be recorded and stitched together to produce a virtual form of the typical PitchFest. The compilation of 3-minute pitches will be played throughout the day at Land Forces, streamed via the official Land Forces website as well as that of numerous other organisations we are in discussions with.

Critically, the recorded pitches will be presented to our judging panel who will determine the winning presentations to be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Pitch
  • Best Overall Innovation
  • Best Land Domain Innovation

Winners will be announced before Land Forces 2021 and trophies presented as part of the event’s Innovation Award Ceremony on Thursday 3 June.

The Pitch


To ensure you are able to take full advantage of the virtual format, selected applicants will receive professional pitch training (free of charge), which will take place online in a half-day group session in early May. Shorter one-on-one sessions will be available with the trainer to provide feedback on your presentation before the recording session in mid-May.


Selected applicants will be allocated individual time slots for the presentation of their pitches via Zoom, which will be recorded. Zoom invitation links will be provided to each presenter closer to the day of recording. To maintain consistency with the traditional PitchFest event, presentations will be constrained to 3 minutes maximum and can be supported by a single static Power Point slide (i.e. no animation, video or audio content in the slide). The message and impact are to be delivered by your verbal presentation.

Your Involvement:

Interested to pitch? Industry, academia and members of Defence that would like to submit a pitch are invited to send in expressions of interest outlining the details of their ideas via the online application form at

Last date for submission of EOIs is 6 May 2021.


For further questions about the event, write to us at


Last date for submission of EOIs: 6 May 2021
Online training session for selected applicants: Early – Mid May 2021
Recording session via Zoom: Mid May 2021
Announcement of Winners: 24 May 2021
Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest: 1 – 3 June 2021

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