Brisbane Collider startups: showcasing the future of creative technology

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is gearing up to unveil the first nine companies to complete the country’s premier creative tech accelerator program, Collider, and showcase the breadth and depth of creative technology and future industry leaders in the Queensland startup ecosystem.

CEA’s Collider Accelerator marks the official conclusion of its inaugural three-month program on August 24 with its Demo Day as the founders will present their companies and take the next step in their startup journey.

Mark Gustowski, acting CEO of CEA, says each of the nine companies are proud investments for CEA and Advance Queensland and have delivered outstandingly during the program.

“Be on the ready for these remarkable businesses. They’re going to change the way the world thinks of creative tech. Congratulations to Alma & Bramble, BLKTATU, Carisma, Creatively Squared, Peekal, Shimble, Sortal, The Afternoon and Trnding. These founders are forging new paths and setting examples for other creatives around the world while showing what the bustling creative ecosystem here in Brisbane has to offer,” says Mr Gustowski.

Entrepreneur in Residence, Mark B. Johnson, was recruited from Silicon Valley as Program Lead to run the program in conjunction with a coterie of other international talent picked for their expertise and interest in the burgeoning creative tech sector to provide mentorship, guidance, and at times, hard love, to the founders during the program.

Virgin StartUp’s Head of Development Ian Mason, Josh Fechter, Alice and Trevor Loy, Ned Dwyer, Ren Butler, Sally Coldrick, Gretta Van Reil and many others have helped mentor the teams in addition to information discussions and private talks with successful Australian founders like Danielle Lewis (Scrunch) and Mike Knapp (Shoes of Prey).

“The founders have done really well and have built great resilience and focus as we’ve worked on the companies and more importantly the skills the individuals need to be successful long term throughout the Collider Accelerator. We’ve all learned a lot through the process, and I’m very happy to see not only the companies, but the group as a whole emerging stronger and hopefully with lifelong bonds and friendships in the community that will help carry them forward to success now and in the future,” says Mr. Johnson.

“This is one of the reasons I was attracted to CEA and Brisbane, as the model is unique and we’ve seen a lot of potential with all of the great talent and cooperation in the Queensland ecosystem, and I’m even more excited for the future given what we’ve learned and how we can improve it moving forward.”

Mr Gustowski says that CEA created the program to address the growing demand for a tailored program that explored creative tech.

“The foundations of the Australian creative tech industry promise huge potential for growth globally. It’s an industry that touches our everyday lives in the clothes we wear, the mobile technology we’re so heavily reliant on and in the games we play and yet we were constantly asked what is, ‘creative tech’? We’ve been pioneering this industry here in Brisbane and will continue to educate and drive this global resource.

“CEA defines this industry as one that celebrates the coming together – the collision, of technology with creativity. Each of the nine companies that completes this program has demonstrated enormous gumption as founders and excitingly scalable business models. The future of creative tech is right here, right now, with us at CEA”.

CEA has also just announced that one Collider company, Creatively Squared, which is co-founded by Ruth Stephensen and Scott Thomas, has earned a finalist spot at its premiere pitching event, Creative3 Pitch, in September with an opportunity for the winner to represent Australia on the international stage in Copenhagen at the Creative Business Cup and join fellow international startups in London as a participant in the Virgin StartUp StepUp program.

The Collider Accelerator demo day will be kicked off with a talk by Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby and feature the nine companies presenting their companies on August 24. For media inquiries, please contact below.

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