About Headstart

Who Can Enter

NESCAFÉ HEADSTART 2016 is open to anyone passionate about an idea, just as long as you are an Australian resident over the age of 15. You can enter by yourself or register as part of a team!



Introducing NESCAFÉ HEADSTART 2016, the competition that encourages young Australians to transform their ideas into a $15,000 reality.

From the five categories, you’ll be encouraged to submit an idea you feel passionate about. Maybe it’s an arts project, a social cause or a tech innovation. Perhaps you have an idea for a game, a business idea or an experience you want to share with the world?

Entering is easy. Simply provide a brief description of your idea, complete your profile page and your done! You can go back at any time to upload, photos, videos or documents that help explain what you are thinking.

A public vote will determine up to five semi-finalists, who will be the Peoples Choice Semi-Finalist. The idea from each category that gets the most votes will make it through to the semi-finals. So once you have entered, share your idea with friends and family to help spread the word. If you miss out on the public vote don’t worry, our panel of judges will also determine a further 15 semi-finalists.

Each semi-finalist will need to make and submit a video pitch of their idea. The video’s will need to be engaging, and communicate your, or your team’s idea.

The top five ideas selected by the judges will then be invited to the Finals Event where they’ll present their idea in person, using any audio, visual or physical stimulus they choose. There could also be questions from the audience and judges at the event so you will need to be prepared.

Finally the winning individual or team will be rewarded $15,000 by the NESCAFÉ HEADSTART judges along with a mentoring session to help you and your team spend it wisely. The four runners up will each receive a $1,000 prize each.