Ten creative tech companies spanning verticals including robotics, fashion tech, AR, VR and music tech have been selected by Queensland University of Technology’s startup hub Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) to participate in its 2018 Collider Accelerator.  

The three-month program, which kicked off this week, affords participants $30,000 in pre-seed investment, coaching from international mentors and deep domain experts. In addition, there are opportunities for participants to meet potential investors and attend creative programs, events and competitions through CEA’s partners, including TechSauce Summit in Thailand.  This year, Collider is being spearheaded by CEA’s new Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Alan Jones, a founding investor in Pollenizer, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures.

CEA’s Acting CEO Mark Gustowski described this year’s cohort as “the next wave of entrepreneurs driving the creative economy”.  He added, “In additional to Alan, the 2018 Collider Accelerator will host over a dozen world class entrepreneurs to support and facilitate components of the program,” he said. “We have attracted international talent spanning Australia, South Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States and this is all just the beginning. From here, we’ll take the cohort and offer them unprecedented opportunities in overseas markets. [A] crucial element to the accelerator is in ensuring we scope further pathways to support our startups across the lifecycle of their businesses.” Read more

James Hqarkness – Dynamic Business – 27 Apr 2018