The world’s most creative, influential and inspiring entrepreneurs to attend Creative³, the largest conference for creative entrepreneurs

The world’s most creative, influential and inspiring entrepreneurs will descend upon Brisbane on September 17 and 18 for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Creative³ forum.

The only event of its kind in Australia and now in its sixth year, Creative³ is a two-day pitch, forum and masterclass encompassing a series of dynamic presentations from the world’s leading creative visionaries and entrepreneurs that offer real-world insights into creativity, enterprise and investment. With a blend of interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, networking events and an investor pitch event, Creative³ is designed to spark collaboration, and inspire entrepreneurs and startups to execute their ideas.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia CEO and Creative3 Curator Anna Rooke explains Creative3 will further demonstrate that Australia should back the future power sectors of the Australian and global economy, and not rely on our resources and traditional industries which fuelled the pre-GFC economic boom times.

“We’re showing Australian startups what’s possible with a smart, scalable business venture. Sometimes Brisbane’s creative startup community is underestimated when compared to international hotspots such as Silicon Valley, but we have some of the best and brightest talent here,” said Ms Rooke.

“Through Creative³, we’re bringing successful entrepreneurs from around the globe to Brisbane, to help our Australian startups access capital, connect and grow in confidence. We have a thriving local startup community that is being fostered by incubators and co-working spaces but we need to mature our innovation ecosystem significantly to compete globally.”

The Australian creative industries employ over 6.2% of the workforce and represent over $90 billion to the Australian economy in revenue terms alone. The sector has been recently recognised as a driver for economic growth in the Brisbane 2020 New World City action plan and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland $180M plan has a strong a focus on startups, investment and commercialisation.

“We established the Creative³ forum six years ago to equip business leaders with the latest thinking on new technology, business tools, creative intelligence, industry insights and design-led innovation. We’re giving startups and entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain business insights from leading game-changers and industry experts.

Leading keynotes are all at the forefront of disrupting their industry covering the dramatic impact their companies have made on wearable tech, augmented reality, fashion and retail, user generated games content and quantum computing.

Speakers at the Creative3 Forum and Masterclass will share their journey as business entrepreneurs raising investment. Brisbane born and based keynote speaker Stefan Hajkowicz is the Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight at Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and will present about future trends and what the world will look like in 2035. Other key speakers include Mashable’s Asia Pacific Director of Strategy and Business Development, Gwendolyn Regina Tan, who is currently based in Singapore spearheading Mashable’s global expansion as well as Michael Fox, CEO and Co-Founder of Shoes of Prey, which is one of the fastest growing Australian fashion retail tech startups, recently announcing expansion to the US.

The Creative3 Forum brings together the brightest minds from across the globe, empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs while the Creative3 Pitch is designed to connect creative industries ventures with investors, and finally, the Creative3 Masterclass is an intimate event which provides attendees with the opportunity to learn from incredibly innovative business leaders.

The prestigious winner of the Creative³Pitch will go on to represent Australia and compete against 63 countries at the world championships for creative entrepreneurs, the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark later this year.

The four finalists who will battle it out at the Creative³ Pitch include Brisbane’s Men on the Moon, comiXchat from the Gold Coast and Brandspot and Bluethumb from Melbourne. Men on the Moon helps bricks and mortar retailers boost sales using beacon technology; comiXchat turns conversations into comics, Brandspot groups all of a company’s branding materials in one online location and Bluethumb is an online art marketplace.

The following Creative3 partners have made the event possible: Arts Queensland, Pitcher Partners, Screen Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Marketing, McCullough Robertson and QUT Real World Futures, QUT Business School, City of Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Queensland Futures Institute, Red Chip Lawyers, QTIX, K.W. Doggett, AvantCard and Hub 4101.

For more information about Creative³ visit www.creative3.com.au

Creative3 is an initiative of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) helps develop, grow and establish creative companies and is Australia’s only dedicated creative industries incubator and investment fund. CEA works with companies at different stages of their development and provides essential business skills and pragmatic action-oriented mentoring focused on company growth and investment. CEA specialises in programs geared to fashion, design, film, TV, music and interactive media. CEA established Australia’s first dedicated Investment Fund for early ventures in 2013.

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Creative³ Forum Speakers:
Thursday 17 September, 9:30am–8:30pm
 Gwendolyn-Regina-Tan Gwendolyn Regina Tan
Director of Strategy and Business Development, Asia Pacific – Mashable

Gwendolyn was a founding team member of an early-stage technology investment firm in Singapore and previously built and sold a tech startup-focused media company to Tech in Asia. Gwen brings this experience to Creative3 where she will share her journey spearheading Mashable’s global expansion into Asia.
 Michael-Fox colour Michael Fox
Co-CEO – Shoes of Prey
Michael is a reformed lawyer turned e-commerce entrepreneur. He co-founded custom shoe e-retailer, Shoes of Prey. Michael recently co-founded another online store, Sneaking Duck, that offering fashion forward prescription glasses. Michael will share his first hand experience in online retailing and on-demand manufacturing, and insights into the future of fashion and retail.
 Ben-Moir colour Ben Moir
Inventor and Director – Snepo and Wearable Experiments
As co-founder of Snepo Research and Wearable Experiments (We:eX) Ben is at the cutting edge of wearable technology, integrating electronics into garments and accessories. He believes technology exists to serve the user and he strives to deliver awesome user experiences. Ben will outline the future of wearable technology and connected devices at Creative³.
 Christie-Poulos colour Christie Poulos
Head of Video – King Content, Global Strategy Team
As Head of Video for world-leading content marketing agency King Content, Christie is responsible for driving best-in-class video strategy and production for clients around the world. She always works to develop cutting edge video content connecting with people. At Creative³ Christie will discuss future challenges and opportunities for engaging digital content.
 Michael-Brett colour Michael Brett
Chief Executive Officer – QxBranch
Michael is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of QxBranch, a company using custom analytics to solve difficult finance and aerospace problems through the power of quantum computers. He will highlight the importance of creative design-thinking for business innovation.
 Thea Thea Baumann
Chief Executive Officer – Metaverse Makeovers
Thea is a creative technologist and CEO of Metaverse Makeovers®. At Creative3 she will share her insights for undertaking market entry in China including the manufacturing of patterned wearable tech products; developing apps for a volatile internet ecosystem; marketing our tech products on China’s mobile commerce platforms; launching a world first platform for monetising Augmented Reality; and growing and protecting brand and innovations in the China market.
 Ben-Huxter-colour Ben Huxter
Creator – Bonza National Geographic
After creating bespoke games for clients like Kleenex, Woolworths, Optus and The Australian Government, Brisbane-based MiniMega set out to re-invent the traditional crossword. Earning a spot in the Apple App Store Best of 2014 list caught the attention of National Geographic and as a result Bonza National Geographic was born. Ben will share insights into the mechanics of creating globally popular games and the future of user-generated content.
 Peter-Edwards-colour Peter Edwards
Director – Archipelago Architects
& Creative
3 Forum Master of Ceremonies
Peter Edwards is an Architect, accomplished Urbanist and a leading figure in this region’s Urban Design community. His company, Archipelago, provides design solutions to the challenges facing many cities across Queensland. Due to popular demand, Peter will be back as Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Creative³ Forum.
Creative³ Masterclass:
Friday 18 September, 9:00am–12:30pm
Room P419 (The Forum), P Block, QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane
 Stefan-H Stefan Hajkowicz
Principal Scientist in Strategy and Foresight – CSIRO
Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal strategic foresight scientist working with CSIRO to analyse future trends reshaping the landscape for government, business and society in the coming twenty years. A megatrend occurs at the intersection of numerous trends, and is a deep-set and profound trajectory of change, capable of shifting existing paradigms. At the Creative³ Masterclass, Stefan will share emerging megatrends to prepare your business for future changes, challenges and opportunities.
 Cherie-Gardiner Cherie Gardiner
Executive Coach, Team Performance Accelerator & Creative³ Masterclass Facilitator

Cherie is an experienced coach and consultant who inspires the conscious practice of leadership. With more than 20 years of experience working with a wide range of executives, CEO’s and business founders, her client list includes Microsoft, LinkedIn, Twitter, Zynga, Declara, Climate Corp, EMI Music, ninemsn and a wide range of startups in Silicon Valley. As Creative³ Masterclass facilitator, Cherie will help to navigate strategic opportunities for your business.

 

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