Virgin Startup Joins with Collider Accelerator to Support Australian Entrepreneurs



Collider Accelerator





QUT Creative Enterprise Australia can announce Virgin Startup as an exclusive facilitator for Australia’s first creative tech accelerator program.

The Virgin powerhouse will be giving Australian startups a boost as they join the facilitator line-up for Collider, run by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA).

Members of Virgin Startup will join CEA’s existing list of facilitators, which includes Entrepreneur in Residence Mark B Johnson, Alice and Trevor Loy, Ned Dwyer, Dominic Coryell, Marius Ursache and Ren Butler.

Collider Accelerator will take on ten of Australia’s best creative tech startups, offering the successful participants a 12 week mentorship program and $20,000 in seed funding.

“We are bringing all the experts into Brisbane to help give our startups the best advice and support we can,” says Anna Rooke, CEO of Creative Enterprise Australia.

“From the bustling London startup scene to Silicon Valley’s ecosystem, we’re thrilled to be able to host a series of the best and brightest international mentors from around the globe.”

“Virgin Startup is renowned for their track record of driving entrepreneurs, creating jobs, developing cutting-edge products and systems and strengthening the creative economy.”

CEA has already been overwhelmed by the amount of Queensland-based applicants to the Collider Accelerator program, with particular interest from female-founder startups.

“Collider was designed in partnership with Advance Queensland to support the growing need for tech in the creative industries in Australia,” says Anna Rooke.

“While the accelerator has been gaining interest across the country, we have been particularly thrilled with how many female-founders the program has appealed to. More than a third of our applicants have been from female founders, and we expect this to increase before applications close.”

According to the 2016 Startup Muster Report, just 23 per cent of Australian founders are women.

“We are excited to be continuing our strong support for gender equality in Australian startups and promoting work that inspires the passion behind creative tech.”

Applicants in the Collider program will also receive support from companies such as BlueSky Alternative Investment, Transition Level Investment, Sony Music Entertainment, Pitcher Partners and McCullough Robertson Lawyers.

Applications for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Collider Accelerator close on Thursday, May 4.

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