Expressions of Interest NOW OPEN!

Meet the Judges for River Rival 2023!

Craig Scroggie | Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of NEXTDC
Shahirah Gardner | Co-Founder, Finch + Venture Partner, Skalata and NEAR Refi DAO
Siobhan Casey | Chief Growth Officer, ACS (Australian Computer Society)
Steve Baxter | Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, TEN13 + Founder, Lead Investor, Beaten Zone Venture Partners
Moderated by Peter Laurie | Founder, Junta and River City Labs Mentor in Residence

EVENTBRITE - River Rival - 1

2022 Judges: Stew Glynn, Siobhan Casey, John Kearney & Peter Laurie


  • 8 Founders will be selected to present on stage to a live audience across Industry and the broader Technology ecosystem.
  • Coaching leading up to the event is a pre-requisite to present and provided by River City Labs Mentor in Resident, Peter Laurie
  • You must have a product in market with some traction (Customers, Users and/or Revenue).
  • Each Founder will have 5 minutes to present their product and to demonstrate the problem the technology is intended to solve and the business success they have had so far
  • There will be a judging panel of experts to ask questions.
  • The panel will assess all presentations on the criteria of innovation, market potential, market traction, long-term potential, and presentation quality.
  • The audience will also can weigh in and vote for the favourite of the night.
  • This event prohibits the presentation of any request for funding, capital, OR investment.
  • River City Labs require all presentations to be submitted in advance.
  • Please send your deck to on completion of this form to complete your application.

As part of Something Tech. we are hosting River Rival, our finale event to end the exciting week of Something Fest.

River Rival brings you Emerging Tech companies in QLD with a product in market, the opportunity to present to a panel of experts and a live audience to be named; Best in Product and Business, Best of the Best and People's Choice

This event is the Finale of Something Tech. and the party to end the exciting week of Something Fest. 2023! Attendees will receive access to the Something Tech. App created with thanks to Yodel so they can vote for their favourite on the night. 

River Rival will be held from 6pm on the 1st of September 2023 at Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves.