The CEA Startup Fund invests in high-growth, scalable businesses that are tackling global markets in the creative industries.

The CEA Startup Fund was established as the first dedicated investment fund in Australia that specialises in accelerating the growth of companies in the creative industries. The Fund is designed to generate a commercial return while helping creative businesses access much-needed capital for growth. Over $1.2M has been invested to date and CEA takes an active involvement in managing our growing investee companies. CEA is expanding our investment services for creative tech ventures so if you are looking to raise capital, please complete our Expression of Interest to see how we can assist your startup.

Companies we've backed

Since launching in July 2013, the CEA Startup Fund has invested in 10 growing creative tech companies; including visual search technology company, TrademarkVision, personalised dress e-retailer, Fame and Partners, music subscription platform, GiggedIn, and creative talent marketplace,

Fame and Partners

Fame and Partners is a vertically integrated eCommerce business that sells ...


TrademarkVision is an award-winning image recognition technology company that ...


Bluethumb is Australia’s largest art marketplace, connecting collectors, art ...
Audience Republic

Audience Republic

Audience Republic helps event organisers amplify their ticket sales. Organisers ...


GiggedIn is on a mission to make live music a part of every person's weekly ...


Travelshoot is Australia’s first destination photography service which ...

Metaverse Makeovers

Metaverse Makeovers is a wearable tech startup specialising in augmented ...


Handkrafted is an online marketplace that connects skilled craftspeople and ...


Cardly is a creative tech startup based in Melbourne that allows you to ...
The Right Fit launched in 2016 and is a two-sided marketplace for creative ...
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of businesses does the CEA Startup Fund invest in? Just being “creative” or employing creative people does not make a business an investment candidate for the Startup Fund. CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content. The CEA Startup Fund is specifically focused on high-growth, scalable businesses that are tackling global markets within the creative industries. Many of the companies we have considered for investment could be viewed as "tech startups" by other investors, and we are very open to co-investing with mainstream early-stage investors including angels and Venture Capital funds. Although we’re not limited to investing in “creative-tech” companies, the sweet spot for us is companies that use the internet to give them access to global markets and to scale rapidly in the creative industries. For more detailed information on our investment criteria, read this article. How much do you invest? We invest between A$25,000 and A$150,000 in startup businesses with high-growth potential in the creative industries in Australia. Is the CEA Startup Fund a grant? No. The fund operates as a commercial investment vehicle and takes an equity stake on an arms length commercial basis. We do not provide grant funding.
What sort of businesses does the CEA Startup Fund not invest in? The CEA Startup Fund does not invest in:
  • Creative artisans whose business is based on selling their individual creative output (eg. painters, sculptors, musicians).
  • Businesses based on selling time (consulting services, graphic design agencies etc)
  • Traditional fashion labels
This activity, while important, is not "highly-scalable". If you run one of these businesses within the creative industries, please consider some of CEA's other services. The CEA Startup Fund also does not invest in charitable, not-for-profit or social enterprise organisations, companies seeking funding to pay off bank or personal debt and businesses that are not in the creative industries. Can CEA help my business even if it does not meet the fund’s investment criteria? If you're running a creative small business that doesn't fit our investment criteria, we'd still love to work with you - CEA offers business mentoring programs and networking events that might be more suitable to your needs. If in doubt, we're always happy to have a chat so feel free to contact us. If you operate in the visual or performing arts and are based in Queensland, CEA is one of the consortium partners which manage the Arts Business Investment Fund. For further details on how to apply for Arts Business Innovation Fund, visit: ABIF site and Arts Queensland Funding site
If you have read the CEA Startup Fund guidelines and your business meets the fund’s investment criteria,
please complete an Expression of Interest
    Creative Industries Precinct Pty Ltd t/as QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) (ACN 009 110 924) is the Manager of Creative Tech Ventures Fund (CTV Fund). CEA has been appointed as a corporate authorised representative (No: 1267867) of AFSL No: 401224.