Applications open for Australian creative startups to showcase at Creative3 Pitch

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s premier pitch competition will crown the next Emerging Creative Tech Startup of the Year who will go on to represent Australia in Europe.

Four Australian startups will battle it out before a crowd of Australian and foreign investors, creative corporations, thought leaders and futurists at Creative3 Pitch this September in Brisbane.

The winning company will be crowned as Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup of the Year and will go on to represent the nation and pitch their business to a fleet of European investors as part of the Creative Business Cup (CBC) in Copenhagen this November. They will also get to participate in the Virgin StartUp (VSU) mini-accelerator StepUp in London, with all flights and accommodation paid for as part of the prize.

CEA’s Acting CEO, Mark Gustowski, said: “Creative3 Pitch is the best vehicle in Australia for improving collaboration and transparency between creative businesses and the investment community globally.”

“The creative industries in Australia represent more than $90 billion to the Australian economy and we are seeing the rise of creative tech startups impacting global ecosystems.”

“Creative3 Pitch is about unlocking the potential of tomorrow’s creative industry leaders who are already demonstrating strong market traction. We encourage creative entrepreneurs from all around Australia to apply,” Mr Gustowski added.

The pre-event program includes tailored workshops and coaching by CEA to ensure founders are ready to pitch to investors on September 14 and subsequently in Denmark and London.

An expert panel will select the final four businesses based on their creative potential, market validation and ability to execute on their business model.

While the winners will win the trip of a lifetime to Europe and the UK, runners up will also be exposed to some of the most influential venture capitalists and innovators looking to work with creative businesses.

Mr. Gustowski said, “The prizes on offer to the winning startup is unique across the startup ecosystem. VSU are very exclusive with whom they select for their mini-accelerator and to have the opportunity to showcase your business before the calibre of investors that frequent CBC, is very exciting. The exposure and marketing potential from those elements alone is highly coveted by entrepreneurs across the Australian landscape”.

“This competition has a proven track record in catapulting startups to success. Citizen Wolf are preparing to open a second store in Sydney CBD, Bluethumb has raised over $1 million dollars in capital, Storyboard is now available in over 30 countries and last year’s winner Creatively Squared has amassed a market following that would make any startup envious.”

“Creative3 Pitch has always been a highly competitive process and the lucrative nature of the prizes has continued to enthrall audiences. Our team are anticipating a cache of highly talented applicants all hungry to capitalise on the unique nature of VSU and CBC,” said Mr. Gustowski.

Last year’s Creative3 pitch competition winner Creatively Squared along with runners up Folktale, Pluss, and Postie, all achieved significant business milestones in recent months.

Applications for Creative3 pitch competition close on June 24 with businesses needing to submit a 90-second pitch video.

CEA would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of VSU, CBC and principal partners QUT Business School and Pitcher Partners for their continued dedication to supporting Australian creative startups.

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