Applications close soon for aspiring Australian fashion entrepreneurs

Creative Enterprise Australia launches Fashion Accelerator Program to give budding fashion designers a kickstart in their career

Australia’s aspiring fashion entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply now for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Fashion Accelerator program, with applications being accepted until 22 January 2016 at

Commencing in February 2016, the program will provide fashion entrepreneurs a chance to follow in the footsteps of program alumni including the award winning Christie Murray from Christie Millinery, and Hayley Elsaesser and Tatum Stanbury who have showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The Fashion Accelerator program will offer participants real world knowledge and mentoring to help them start, connect, grow and scale their business.

Anna Rooke Chief Executive Officer of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia said it can be tricky juggling the role of both creative and entrepreneur.

“The Fashion Accelerator program gives designers and fashion entrepreneurs the opportunity to master the skills needed to manage a successful business,” she said.

“Participants will have access to high-tech facilities and industrial grade equipment, regular workshops, networking events, mentoring, individual workspaces, Wi-Fi, access to The Coterie co-working space and so much more.”

New to this year’s course is a five month intensive program for fashion start-ups.

“The intensive program encompasses critical business components including technical and development, business and finance, range development and branding, marketing and public relations” said Ms Rooke.

“We have an excellent track record of Fashion Accelerator alumni who have continued to achieve outstanding results and awards for their work,” she said.

Designer Christie Murray said the Fashion Accelerator program was an invaluable investment for the development of her label.

“Throughout the course of CEA’s Fashion Accelerator program I gained considerable insight into the industry and received training that helped me to significantly develop my label,” she said.

Applications are open Australia wide with the program running at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia in Brisbane, Queensland.

Valued at over $3000.00 per month over a five month program, successful participants will only pay $550.00 per month.

For more information or to apply for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Fashion Accelerator program visit


About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Fashion Accelerator program

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Fashion Accelerator is Queensland’s only Fashion Accelerator program that supports fashion entrepreneurs, providing them with real world knowledge and experience in a high-tech environment.

Operating for four years, the Fashion Accelerator program has helped develop brands including Gail Sorronda, SOOT, Monica Tovar and Christie Millinery.

Program participants are mentored by industry leaders and are provided with access to industrial grade equipment, individual workspaces, development support, master classes and workshops.

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