The Fashion Accelerator provides individual workspace, development support, fashion business mentoring and a range of masterclasses and workshops.

Australia’s only Fashion Accelerator, helping designers accelerate their fashion business in just six months. We work 1:1 with designers and fashion entrepreneurs to help them master the skills needed to manage a successful business.

Bring your product to life from concept sketches to range development

The CEA Fashion Accelerator is a high-touch program for emerging fashion businesses. Feel supported by weekly workshops including business advice on range planning and development, finances, digital strategies, production, costing, pricing, sales analysis, marketing and more.

Give your fashion business a physical home in the CEA Fashion Accelerator

Do you need a workspace to grow your fashion venture? Becoming a Member Company may be the option for you. You will have an allocated desk plus access to storage and equipment facilities. You will also have the advantage of being part of the CEA Fashion Accelerator community.

Access consulting and development services to grow your business

If you do not need workspace and would like to gain mentoring and development services for your growing company there is also the option of becoming an Associate Member.

CEA Fashion Accelerator Program

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Fashion Accelerator Program. Express your interest in the 2018 program.
Australia's only Fashion Accelerator Program
The Fashion Accelerator is a six-month program designed to equip early-stage fashion entrepreneurs with all the essentials required to execute and sustain a growing business. It comprises of weekly workshops and masterclasses covering a wide range of topics with industry experts.

The program will conclude with a fashion showcase, where designers will pitch their business and collection to an exclusive panel of industry experts.

Being Australia’s only Fashion Accelerator program, this platform provides an amazing opportunity for fashion entrepreneurs to fast-track their products to global markets.

Express your interest for 2018

  • Access to facilities and industrial grade machines and equipment
  • Regular workshops, mentoring opportunities and networking events
  • Designated workspace and shared cutting table in the Fashion Accelerator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
  • Business-grade WiFi
  • Access to CEA's coworking space, The Coterie - a creative community of designers, film makers, startup founders and more.
What do you get from participating in the Fashion Accelerator?
  • Ideal business structure identified within the parameters of financial capabilities
  • Book-keeping and financial planning specific to the individual businesses
  • Business pitching acumen
  • Brand clarity and awareness for effective marketing strategies
  • Digital marketing and e-commerce strategy
  • Opportunities for collaboration and connection with industry experts
  • Understanding of fashion legal requirements
  • Production - efficient processes and procedures
  • Understanding garment technology for effective communication
  • Range planning strategies
  • Textile print development and/or fabric sourcing options
  • Technical development skills (pattern, sample and fitting analysis)
  • Post-program support

$550 p/month

2018 Fashion Accelerator Program

Brisbane, Australia

Express your interest in the 2018 CEA Fashion Accelerator Program commencing February 2018 and join a community of fashion entrepreneurs to receive weekly workshops to accelerate your fashion business in just six months.

Unsure if the program is right for you? Read our FAQs to find out more.

Hands-on training and practical learning opportunities to help you manage your business.


Physical workspace and access to industrial machines and equipment.

Fashion Accelerator Member Services

If the intensive program is not for you, CEA offers a range of membership options to suit your business needs

$220 p/month Become a Member Company

Gain access to the workspace

Allocated desk, storage and equipment facilities and base your fashion business within the CEA Fashion Accelerator and be part of the creative community.

Apply now

$110 p/year Become an Associate Member

Gain access to mentoring and development support

Suitable for growing companies who require mentoring and development services but do not require access to workspace.

Apply now
“I would rate this program on a scale of 1 to 10 = 10! It opened developmental pathways providing links to fashion networks and opportunities for AARLI and covered all aspects of running a startup fashion business.” - Teagan Cowlishaw, Founder – Aarli
"It is just such an intense experience going through the accelerator, particularly for someone approaching the program from sideways with no background in the fashion industry. This program has taken me from concept through being ready to launch so I am very grateful for this." - Natasha Rui, Founder – TashaRUI
"I’m impressed Thuy by the calibre of the people you are able to bring on board, including your good self. So far my experience of the CEA fashion hub has been 100% positive." - Victoria Lister