BFTB Big Break FAQs

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When do entries open and close
The Competition commences at 9am AEST, Tuesday 28th September 2021.
All entries need to be submitted online by 12pm AEST, Monday 11th October 2021.

How do I enter?
1. Ensure you have read the eligibility criteria below
2. Record a 2-3 minute pitch video on your mobile phone telling us why your business idea deserves to win the BFTB Big Break
3. Complete the entry form and include a link to your pitch video
4. Post an Instagram reel (15 seconds) to your Instagram grid that tells us the story of your pitch idea, tag @buyfromthebush, @paypalau and use the hashtags #buyfromthebush #BFTBbigbreak, #BFTBxPayPal. If you don't have access to Instagram you can post a 15 second video to your Facebook account and use the tags above.
NB: All entries must have completed steps 1-4 to have their submission reviewed by the judges.

What are suitable video upload platforms that I can share my video links with?
In our entry form, you will be asked to provide a link to your video pitch. This means that after you have recorded it, you will need to upload the video to a video hosting site. Examples include:

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox

How do I know if I am eligible to enter?
All entrants will need to fulfil all the following criteria:

  • Entrants submitting an entry must be authorised to enter into the Awards on behalf of the business they represent
  • You must be 18 years or older at the time of entry
  • You/your Business must be based in a rural location*
  • You/your Business must be the brand owner of the product/idea/service entered
  • You/your Business must have a registered ABN
  • You/your business must have an Australian bank account
  • You/your business must have a user account (free) with Buy From The Bush - set it up here
  • You must be submitting a business idea regarding a product or service that is suitable for sale on the BFTB Marketplace

*For further clarification on what we classify as 'rural' please refer to the Competition Terms and Conditions or contact us.

The following are not eligible:

  • Anyone connected in a professional capacity with the Competition and that person’s immediate family members
  • Employees and contractors of the Promoter, PayPal Australia and Edelman Australia or their affiliates (affiliates excludes businesses selling on the Buy From The Bush Marketplace).

What happens if I make the shortlist?
Shortlisted entries will be shared to Buy From The Bush social media channels and go in the running to win the People's Choice Award. Our panel of judges will select the top 5 pitches from the shortlist and these entrants will then be invited to pitch via a virtual panel and participate in a brief Q&A session. The top five will also need to complete additional questions (Similar to a lean canvas)](/promo/bftb-big-break-lean-canvas). A winner and runner up will then be selected by the panel of judges.

The People's Choice winner will be determined by public votes conducted through our website.

What is the Judging Criteria?
The Judging panel will be assessing entries based on the following:

  • How well does the pitch communicate the business idea?
  • To what extent is the product/service/business/idea unique and innovative?
  • How would you rank the product/service/business/idea’s commercial appeal and market potential?
  • To what extent will the business idea have a positive impact on their local community and/or *rural Australia more broadly? And how clearly was this communicated in the pitch?
  • How entertaining and engaging is the pitch?

For the entries that make it into the judge’s top 5 and attend the virtual pitch, they will also be judged on the following criteria:

  • Capability of Entrant: is the skillset of the entrepreneur (and/or their team) sufficient to successfully operate the proposed business?
  • Communication and presentation of the Virtual Pitch
  • One page business plan (i.e lean canvas): how well thought out is the plan?

The list above is not a hierarchical list, and the Judging panel may attribute different weight to the different criteria
The top five pitches will be invited to submit a one page business plan when they pitch to the judges. This will help also inform judges assessment of the criteria above.

What are the Prizes?

1st Prize Winner will receive:

  • $30,000 to help take their idea to the next level thanks to PayPal Australia
  • Free subscription to the Buy From The Bush marketplace for 1 Year
  • Become a Member of the BFTB Bush Business Club on Facebook;
  • PR Package from the Regional PR Co
  • Start Lab Subscription to online course and mentoring (Value $899) plus 6x 1 hour consults ($660);
  • Social media branding or social media workshop with Edelman

Runner up will receive:

  • $15,000 thanks to PayPal Australia
  • Free subscription to the Buy From The Bush marketplace for 1 Year
  • Membership in the BFTB Bush Business Club on Facebook

People's Choice Winner will receive:

  • $15,000 thanks to PayPal Australia
  • Free subscription to the Buy From The Bush marketplace for 1 Year
  • Membership in the BFTB Bush Business Club on Facebook

Can I win a judges award and the People's Choice award?
No. If you are selected by the judges as the 1st Prize Winner or Runner Up, you are not eligible to win the People's Choice Award.

Where can I read the fine print?
Check out the BFTB Big Break Terms and Conditions

How can I vote for the People's Choice Award
Vote for your fave entry in the BFTB Big Break People's Choice Award. This is your chance to make sure your favourite wins the $15,000 BFTB Big Break People's Choice Award.

How can I get a Buy From The Bush account? Go to the BFTB homepage and select the Join us link. You will be able to set up a Customer Account by entering a username, email and password.

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