QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has announced the 10 start-ups that have been accepted in its Collider Accelerator.
The three-month accelerator is a proud Australian first which is carving the way for start-ups specialising across the creative tech verticals.
Commencing this week, the 10 participating companies will receive coaching from international mentors and deep domain experts. They’ll also receive pre-seed investment of $30,000 and meet strategic investors including angels, seed and Series A.
Heading up the 2018 program is CEA’s new entrepreneur in residence, Alan Jones (pictured above), who is revered as one of the most active Angel Investors and start-up advocates in the country.
CEA’s Acting CEO, Mark Gustowski said this cohort is the next wave of entrepreneurs driving the creative economy.
“In additional to Alan, the 2018 Collider Accelerator will host over a dozen world-class entrepreneurs to support and facilitate components of the program.
“We have attracted international talent spanning Australia, South Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and this is all just the beginning. From here, we’ll take the cohort and offer them unprecedented opportunities in overseas markets.”.
The final companies chosen each fitted the creative tech profile spanning verticals including machine learning, robotics, fashion tech, AR, VR, and music tech.
Heading up the cohort is:
- BOP Industries – a Brisbane-based holographic entertainment company started by teen entrepreneur Scott Millar.
- Exaptec – a robotic automation solutions start-up specialising in service and social robots.
- VibeWire – an online platform that utilises advanced technology to verify, buy and sell concert tickets.
- Brandollo – it aims to reduce the cost of marketing advice by up to 80 per cent.
Furthering the stronghold of the cohort is:
- Birdee – facial recognition software that provides data on shoppers to retailers.
- Can’t Sleep – an app developed that uses generative algorithms to create music to help you sleep better
- Lána – an online fashion tech marketplace for clothing rentals
- Neona – 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 – which has developed automated logistics to produce and ship on-demand branded sports jerseys for teams and communities.