Since launching in July 2013, the CEA Startup Fund has invested in visual search technology company, TrademarkVision (previously See-Out Pty Ltd), prom dress fast-fashion e-retailer Fame and Partners, augmented reality nail art company Metaverse Makeovers, quality bespoke goods marketplace Handkrafted and crowdsourced live music startup GiggedIn.
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.
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 ABIF, visit: http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/business/ http://artsengage.initiatives.qld.gov.au/aq-funding