MCIC Foundations

MCIC Foundations

We are doing our bit to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and this means that the MCIC is temporarily closed.  

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UNSW Founders New Wave Showcase Winners

The Founders New Wave program addresses the underrepresentation of women in entrepreneurship by empowering UNSW students, staff or alumni who identify as women to launch startups.

Prize Winners

Judges' Award Winners - Natureval
Linda Romanovska - PhD Candidate - Built Environment
Isabella Notarpietro - Undergraduate - Arts & Social Sciences/ Engineering
Kathy Liu - Postgraduate - Built Environment/ Engineering
Vicky Wei - Undergraduate - Business School

People’s Choice Award - Travelify

Leila IIarrull - Undergraduate - Business School
Dhriti Narsey - Undergraduate - Business School
Shruthi Sasidaran - Postgraduate - Art & Design
Sally Wang - Undergraduate - Business School

Inspired to be part of the next New Wave cohort? Cohort 6 kicks off on 28 August - hurry, applications are closing on 31 July!

Apply to join


    Peter Farrell Cup 

    Launched in 2001, the Peter Farrell Cup is UNSW’s most prestigious student-led and teams-based competitive ideas program which aims to fast-track the next generation of entrepreneurs. Each vying for a share of the $20,000 prize pool.

    It was the bold vision of Dr Peter Farrell AM, and the ongoing support of the Farrell Family Foundation, in deep partnership with UNSW that has seen this competition grow from its humble beginnings with only a few entries to 20 years later, impacting over 3,000 students and 950 teams creating a ripple effect across the broad entrepreneurship ecosystem.

    This year, from a pool of 79 teams, 46 were selected to participate in a series of experiential workshops necessary to test, iterate, pitch and potentially launch a real business. Each team was also matched with an industry mentor to enhance their personal growth and knowledge.

    Through the continued generosity of the Farrell Family Foundation, the Division of Philanthropy has secured funding for the Peter Farrell Cup to continue through to 2024.

    2020 Prize Winners

    First prize:  Alten guiding doctors to provide the best healthcare for cancer patients by developing personalised treatment strategies. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy future. (Faculty of Medicine)

    Second prize:  Negotium empowering local entrepreneurs with the tools they need to buy and sell their businesses without upfront fees or legalese. (UNSW Business School)

    Third prize:  Freighto building Australia’s largest network of independent trucks. (UNSW Business School)

    People’s Choice Award:  Zelk developing a buffet spread dispenser to replace single-use plastic packaging and the food waste associated with it. (Faculty of Engineering)

    Interested in competing for the Peter Farrell Cup 2021?

    Register your interest


    Upcoming events

    Please note: All in-person events have been postponed until further notice.

    Founders Information Sessions

    Did you know Founders Information sessions happen online every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm? Got an idea for a start-up? 

    Start here


    Get in touch

    We’re still here to support you and are committed to ensuring we help our community in the best ways that we can, so please get in touch if you need help or have any feedback!


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