A. While every effort will be made to preserve the confidentiality of each submission, it is suggested that highly sensitive material be excluded from the entry if a team is concerned about the confidentiality of such material.

The only individuals who will have access to the materials you submit (other than Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge administration staff) will be the judges assigned to review your Big Idea and hear your subsequent pitch, should you be selected.

These judges regularly deal with confidential information in the course of their work. We ask them to treat your work with the same care and respect for confidentiality. We also ask them to remove themselves from judging your Big Idea if they do have a real conflict of interest. Feel free to mark your materials as “confidential”.

Note that a short description of your idea may be used in public documentation relating to the competition, this will be a simple description only.

Note, however, that should you make it through to the Pitching Showdown, teams will be making final presentations to an open audience.

All reasonable measures to ensure the protection of intellectual property introduced and associated with the Competition will be taken.

Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge and the organisers of the Big Ideas competition, Pitching Showdown and Upstart Challenge cannot take further responsibility to protect the intellectual property or other rights of the contestants. Protection of such rights is ultimately the responsibility of each Contestant.

If you are in doubt or have any concerns regarding this, please speak to a member of the Upstart team at info@upstartchallenge.com.au and we shall endeavour to allay any concerns.