B2B Rocks Startup Awards 2018

Both early stage startups and scale ups from all over APAC will compete for the B2B Rocks Startup Awards before the event through an online evaluation and on the d-day through pitches. The judges are experts and VCs.



  • Pre-seed & Seed stage
  • Ability to deliver MVP in 3 months
  • Global aspirations
  • Unique insight to solve a global problem
  • Rockstar team
  • 0-36 months old business


  • B2B startup
  • Seed funded ($200,000 - $2million)

All ScaleUp startups can compete for this category, however, to win the top prize, you need to be eligible to these criteria:

Specific criteria to be eligible for the top prize offered by Microsoft For Startups:

  • Intends to heavily leverage Microsoft Azure cloud services
  • Is committed to working with Microsoft on getting their solution into the Azure Marketplace (public listing of SaaS apps on Azure for businesses to use) and/or the Azure App Catalogue (internal tool for Microsoft sales teams to identify SaaS solutions for their customers) to aid customer acquisition

The Prizes

Microsoft France

Microsoft offers to the best scale up a one year “Microsoft for startups” program worth $100.000

Stripe offers to a scale up $50.000 free processing on its website

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Tech Sydney offers a lunch and a one year membership

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99 Starts offers a premium access to its platform worth $1.600


Catapult offers a package containing 3 months weekly growth mentoring on "How to scale your business - fast" worth $15.000

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IBA offers:

  • A part-scholarship to the IBA worth $4000
  • A complimentary ticket to a one-day masterclass worth $770
  • A complimentary two-hour strategy session worth $225
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Hunter Bay offers a financial model worth $10.000

lehman walsh

Lehman Walsh Lawyers offers a gift card worth $2.000

The Judges



Janya Eighani

Managing Partner of Lehman Walsh Lawyers, the first law firm in Australia to accept digital currency payments and possibly the world's first, Janya works with companies through their various growth stages and also works one-on-one with sole-operating entrepreneurs, where needed.
In the Startup and Digital Currency world, she is known as an ICO/Crypto expert, providing advice to Startup and Digital Currency clients worldwide. Janya’s model is of interest to the Startup category as her firm acts as a company’s virtual legal counsel, with the added flexibility of allowing entrepreneurs decide how often they require legal input and assistance, without being forced to commit to a long-term and expensive retainer.
Janya says “We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to legal services. A client’s strategic and business objectives guide the way legal advice should be provided.”
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Laura Rahn

Laura Rahn is Director for Business Development with Artesian Venture Partners, one of Australia's largest and most active seed stage venture capital firms. Laura has run national innovation programs, most recently as Program Manager for the Federal Government’s Incubator Support initiative and Accelerating Commercialisation. Prior to these roles, Laura spent three years as Director for Industry, Science and Education in the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. Laura’s role was to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia’s engagement with science, research and innovation systems in the US and Canada. Laura has also held positions with the hedge fund Manikay Partners in New York and the Australian vitamins and supplements company Blackmores, in the product innovation team. She has also been a trustee with the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.



Cynthia Dearin

Cynthia Dearin is an international business strategist, advisor, keynote speaker and author of Amazon best-seller Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Your Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East and North Africa. With 18 years of international experience, she is the Founder and Managing Director of Dearin Associates and the International Business Accelerator, which help clients to access opportunities in fast-growing international markets around the world.Before founding Dearin & Associates, Cynthia worked extensively internationally, as an Australian diplomat and a management consultant. She has helped numerous companies, large and small to navigate and accelerate their entry into international markets.



Damian Fox

Damian has been a part of Carthona since its inception nearly 5 years ago, and in that time has been involved in over 40 investment rounds across over 20 different businesses. Prior to the establishment of Carthona, Damian worked in the Investment Banking Division of Macquarie Group in both New York and Sydney.



David Wiadrowski

David is a recently retired PwC partner who led PwC’s National Technology, Telco, Entertainment and Media practice for more than 10 years. During this time David played a hands on role working with a number of early stage companies taking them through a well planned growth strategy culminating in either an IPO or a sale to a private equity fund. Along the way a number of these companies required seed or VC funding which David played a role in assessing and closing these funding rounds. David was also a director and mentor for Elevacao in 2016 and 2017 which is a foundation set up to support and mentor early stage female entrepreneurs to get them pitch ready. David is now an ASX non-executive director along with mentoring a number of early stage businesses.