Nexus 2021 Future City

An exciting business competition open to Australian-based start-ups, mature businesses, and innovators

About Nexus

Nexus is partnership between the City of Melbourne, Nanjing Pukou High Tech Park and ACASE with support from Runway and State Government of Victoria. Nexus supports all Victorian and wider Australian start-ups and scale-ups to commercialise its research capability, launch and expand into the Chinese market.  

Nexus 2021

The Nexus ‘Future City’ pitch competition will consist of two business categories that hold high-tech solutions, start-ups, and scale-ups/mature businesses, in AgTech, BioTech, FoodTech, HealthTech, SportsTech, renewable energy, new materials, ICT and big data, etc. 

Nexus 2021 Poster

Startup Group

Eligibility: Has mature prototype or existing product/ service/ client

Mature Business Group

Eligibility: Annual revenue exceeds AUD$500,000


  • Cash prizes of AUD $1,000 -$5,000
  • All winners will have access to pre -selection for the Nanjing-based K-Pouch International accelerator program* with potential upgrade packaging available (e.g, Maximum $200,000 supportBespoke finance and policy supportAsia Launch accelerator service on successful signing).
  • First prize winners for both categories  also receive a consulting service package and a five-day curated business trip to Nanjing, China to the value of  $ AUD10,000 **.

* Participation in K-Pouch Accelerator Program is optional

** Subject to the reopening of international boarders, valid until the end of 2022 for one member per organisation only 

If you need more information, please contact: [email protected]


9th June    Application Close (23:59 pm)    

14th June   Invitations released for Final Pitch Event 

16th June    Final Pitch Event (6-9 pm at Melbourne Connect)

Late June   Nexus Forum and Award Presentation

How to Apply?

Submit a pitch deck and/or a 5- minute pitch video showcasing your business.

Nexus Video


Past Competitions and Events

Digital Economy Summit

Smart City Technology Competition

FinTech Competition

"Small businesses, enterprises and innovators are and have been, important drivers of our prosperity. Innovation is increasingly a vital element of Melbourne’s relationship with China and is a strong contributor to our further development as a knowledge-based economy. The inaugural NEXUS: Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit demonstrates that innovation is global and is a great example of what can be achieved when like-minded organisations collaborate effectively to reach a shared goal."

Sally Capp
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

"Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit is an effort to promote our bilateral cooperation in startup and innovation. I believe it will provide a good opportunity for startups to exchange their views, enhance the pragmatic cooperation in economy and trade, culture as well as innovation. As China continues to be a powerhouse of the global economic growth, there will be abundant potential opportunities in the Chinese market. China will adopt a series of major measures to promote higher standard opening-up. "

Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne

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