Queensland start-ups get creative


Members of the CEA Collider cohort. Source: Supplied.
Members of the CEA Collider cohort. Source: Supplied.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) today showed off the 10 start-ups to graduate from its creative tech accelerator, Collider.

The founders have completed an intensive three month program under the guidance of top Angel Investor and start-up advocate, Alan Jones, who took up the position of Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) and Program Lead.

Startup accelerators are fixed-term programs that give companies seed investment, connections, mentorship, and educational components in a bid to accelerate growth.

Today, the 10 early stage ventures complete the 12 week accelerator program and will pitch their wares live on stage at The Triffid to a sell out audience of investors, corporates and other start-ups.

As a part of acceptance into the accelerator, each start-up received a $30,000 pre-seed investment and also met with Asia Pacific investors including angels, seed and Series A during Collider’s Asia Immersion Week in July.

Alan Jones lead the founders in conjunction with an EiR team including Ben Sharp, Peter Laurie and Virgin Startup co-founder Ian Mason.

The cohort features companies from across the creative tech verticals including machine learning, robotics, fashion tech, AR, VR and music tech:

BOP Industries a Brisbane based holographic company started by a teenage entrepreneur.

Exaptec, a robotic automation solutions start-up specialising in service and social robots.

Tixel, an online platform that uses advanced technology to verify, buy and sell concert tickets.

Brandollo, a brand that aims to reduce the cost of marketing advice by up to 80 per cent.

Birdee, facial recognition software that provides data on shoppers to retailers.

Can’t Sleep, an app developed that uses algorithms to create music to help you sleep better.

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Lána an online fashion tech marketplace for clothing rentals.

Neon a virtual wedding app that lets couples experience their big day in advance.

Prysim a tech company dedicated to helping artists and musicians find their next gig.

Tribefire, who have developed automated logistics to produce and ship on-demand branded sports jerseys for teams and communities.

CEA boss Mark Gustowski said this cohort represented the next wave of entrepreneurs driving the creative economy.

“We have some of Australia’s most exciting creative tech start-ups in our 2018 intake and they’ve attracted the attention and interests of customers and investors globally”, he said.

“CEA’s Collider Accelerator is the nation’s first dedicated creative tech accelerator that fills an important industry gap to ensure creative founders are supported with niche area expertise.”

In what’s described as an Australian first, the program included a week in Thailand where the start-ups were exposed to some of APAC’s fastest growing tech companies and most active investors, culminating in a showcase at the Techsauce Global Summit, one of Asia’s largest tech conferences with over 12,000 people in attendance.

“Asia Immersion Week gave us some crucial insights and made us realise the need to incorporate this element into our future accelerators. The velocity and pace at which our SE Asian neighbours operate was an eye opening experience for our cohort. This will become part of our ongoing commitment in ensuring we scope further pathways to support our start-ups across the life cycle of their businesses”, Mr Gustowski said.

He added Collider was also recently approved as an Early Stage Investment Company (ESIC) eligible accelerator further supporting future investment opportunities for each of the graduating companies.

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