Australia’s first creative tech accelerator opens applications
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has opened applications for Collider Accelerator – an Australian first in the creative tech scene.
Heading up the 2018 program is the new Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Alan Jones who is revered as the most active Angel Investor in the country.
Acting CEO Mark Gustowski says he’s been humbled to see how CEA has been able to attract such outstanding talent to further the development of this year’s selected cohort.
“We are seeking to take 11 companies through the 2018 program and through this, they are going to receive unparalleled support from their facilitators and through the international pathways we’re carving out”.
“CEA continues to fuel our powerhouse lineup of facilitators and proudly announce that Head of Development for Virgin StartUp, Ian Mason and well-known Seed and Angel Investor, Ben Sharp will be supporting the Collider companies”.
Over a 12 week intensive program rollout, Collider offers $30,000 seed investment, desk space in an award-winning facility, access to world class mentors, an eight day immersion into the Asian startup market and a community of like minded creatives.
Mr Gustowski says that last year’s cohort built a strong community around them during the accelerator and this contributed to some truly outstanding achievements that saw their businesses go global.
“Creative tech company Sortal is about to go live with their product while Carisma went on to participate in another accelerator with excellent terms and Creatively Squared knocked 2017 out of the park travelling and pitching internationally with the Creative Business Cup”.
“Our team has always prided ourselves on delivering programs and events that put founders at the forefront of mind. Our philosophy of ‘founders first’ is behind every decision to bring on a facilitator, content delivery and the community we help to shape for you”.
Applications are now open to creative tech companies specialising in robotics, virtual reality, AI, music and fashion tech, digital media, games, films and wearables.
“The Collider team are anticipating a high calibre of entries after last year’s competitive nature. We’re looking for the best in creative tech and we’re going to support you with the best people from across this landscape”, says Mr Gustowski.
Adding to the already impressive facilitator list is Uber’s Former Head of Product Chris Saad, Inspire9’s Ren Butler, Blue Sky Venture Capital’s Atlanta Daniel, Hey Influencers Founder Gretta Van Riel and Angel Investor Ian Perkins.