Pitching Competition


Congratulations to our inaugural IHMA Pitching Competition Winner, Nick Bonser and finalists, Kayode Akinrinlola, Ricky Rouse, Jay Stephens, Isabel Waterfall & Matt Rattenbury

The maritime industry has a highly skilled, passionate, and inspiring new generation of talent across the sector. With global maritime freight transportation revenue expected to grow to over $205 billion in 2023, now is the time to identify, promote and advance the ideas of these disruptors and future leaders.

Do you have a game-changing idea that could disrupt the maritime industry?

Returning in 2022, the IHMA Young Maritime Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition invites all maritime professionals, 35 years and under, to submit an innovative idea that could disrupt the industry with the next wave of change to shape a better, safer future.

Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at the IHMA 2022 Congress with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Submit your concept for an opportunity to pitch your innovative idea to today’s port leaders. Young maritime professionals* of all disciplines are invited to submit a 400-600word abstract detailing your idea.

The maritime industry continues to make significant economic, environmental, and social contributions. Reflecting this, we invite concepts that target any aspect of port and marine operations– from technical and engineering to customer service, strategic business planning, marketing, and technological opportunities. If you have an idea that may increase the industry’s safety, improve engineering or maintenance practices, better industry connectivity or ultimately offer suppliers and customers an improved service – we want to hear from you.

Submit your innovative idea, large or small and contribute to maritime’s future.

Entries are open until 21 January 2022. 

Key dates for the IHMA 2022 Pitching Competition
24 November 2021: Competition opens
21 January 2022: Deadline for Next Generation Pitching Competition
9 February 2022: Finalists announced for the Next Generation Pitching Competition
29 June 2022: Pitching Competition session on IHMA 2022 conference stage
29 June 2022: Winner announced at IHMA 2022 Gala Dinner

Entries must be 400-600 words and include a concept title, name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date), the issue being addressed and the solution/idea proposed. Final presentations can include multi and/or mixed media.

Entries will be judged by the IHMA Organising Committee on the benefits the idea could provide, its quality and relevance. The Organising Committee’s decision is final. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Eligibility: Young railway professionals*
Open to all maritime professionals who are 35yrs or under (as at 30 June 2022).

Finalists will receive:
Finalists will be announced in February 2022 and receive complimentary attendance at the IHMA 2022 Congress.
Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to our select panel of maritime leaders at the 2022 IHMA Congress. The winner will be announced at the IHMA Gala Dinner on the 29 June 2022.

The winner will receive:
The 2022 IHMA Pitching Competition winner will receive a speaking position and complimentary all-access pass to the 2024 IHMA Congress.

The winner will be decided by combining the scores of the judges (50%) and those of the audience (50%) as calculated via the audience vote on the event app.

If you have queries, please contact Tina Karas, IHMA 2022 Congress Manager
Phone: + 61 (2) 9080 4408
Email: tina.karas@informa.com.au

To sponsor this initiative that promotes the next generation of talent, please contact Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
Phone: +61 (0) 406 530 043
Email: Sarah.Ingram@informa.com