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QUT bluebox Accelerator
QUT bluebox Accelerator

Applications open 15 October

Gain the skills and support to drive

your venture to the next level!

The accelerator provides you with:

  • Three months of intensive mentorship followed by 12 months of ongoing support.
  • Startup Education
  • Up to $15k per team*
  • Office space
  • Innovative supportive community

Applications close COB 09 November

What is the QUT bluebox Accelerator?

The QUT bluebox Accelerator is a three month intensive program aimed at getting you and your startup commercially ready. The program consists of education modules, mentorship from industry leaders, and office space for you to run your business. The program will take a select number of teams and ensure you are supported as you look to get into the market and grow your startup quickly. At the end of the Accelerator you have the opportunity to pitch in front of potential customers, partners and others in startup ecosystem that can provide support to help your idea come to fruition.

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What does the QUT bluebox Accelerator provide?

Early-stage companies and individuals looking to start businesses based on innovative ideas can apply for the Accelerator to receive:

Three months of intensive mentorship followed by 12 months of ongoing support
Startup education
Up to $25k per team*
Office space
Innovative supportive community

*Total funding of up to $15k per team depending on the type of innovation. All funding awarded progressively based on progress achieved. Please see full terms and conditions

Who can apply?

Entrants must be QUT student, staff or alumni who are looking to build a business based on an innovative and high growth idea.

Teams must include at least one (1) QUT student, staff or alumni as a co-founder.

Up to 10 teams will be chosen to take part in this opportunity. Launch your start.

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General Note:When answering the questions below, please keep in mind that the assessors of your application know nothing about your business.

Make sure your answers are to the point, coherent, and easy to understand. Including a short video in your application is optional, however it’s highly recommended.

You can use a phone camera to shoot the video, we don’t care about production value, we just want to learn a bit more about you, your team, and your startup idea.

Application form questions:

Section 1

2017 Finalists

QUT Accelerator
EyeSyght is developing a tactile visual display to assist the vision impaired in accessing graphical content While the sighted take using smart phones and computers for granted, the digital nature of graphic displays makes them inaccessible to the vision impaired. By developing a device which provides tactile representations of graphical images, EyeSyght is bringing the vision impaired fully into the digital age.
Participants: Santiago Velasquez
QUT Accelerator
Ordering food and waiting in restaurant queues is a tedious and time consuming activity. TableTime is working to eliminate the negative impact of waiting in line on the dining experience by developing a food ordering and payment app. TableTime means that all you'll need to do is find a seat, order your meal and drinks via the app, and sit back and relax with your friends rather than waiting in line!
Participants: Rosie Nalder
QUT Accelerator
Corporate social responsibility is becoming a driving force for good in the business world. Jessie Hughes is developing a platform that links businesses to causes and high quality producers to document the collaboration outcomes. By creating these links, Jessie will help maximise the social impact of CSR budgets for both the giver and the receiver in this rapidly expanding market.
Participants: Jessie hughes
Kahlari Swimwear
QUT Accelerator
In a crowded market for female swimwear, Courtney Laurendet has created an exciting and growing Brisbane based swimwear company that is looking to take on the behemoths of the Australian swimwear industry. With sassy style and authentic origins, Kahlari looks to be the next big thing in the domestic beachwear market.
Participants: Courtney Laurendet
Inspire by Annie
QUT Accelerator
Athlete management is an increasingly sophisticated process, but many of the tools on the market are only available to elite sports teams. Inspire by Annie is addressing this gap by developing a low cost, highly capable athlete management system that will allow feeder clubs to manage their athletes more effectively as they progress through their sporting careers.
Participants: Annie Flamsteed, Frankie Devitt
Laboratory Transport Solutions
QUT Accelerator
The process of taking medical samples and shipping them to test labs has failed to evolve in the past 30 years. Speedy Specimens is developing digital tools and processes that will bring the billion dollar medical courier market into the 21st century.
Participants: Damian Peckett, Sophia Zhao
Mount Gracious
QUT Accelerator
Coffee is an increasingly central part of modern lifestyles. We have seen innovation in the home coffee market, but aficionados still lack a way to roast their own coffee at home. Mount Gracious is addressing this problem by developing an affordable, consumer based, benchtop coffee roasting machine and bean subscription service that will enable coffee fans to undertake professional quality coffee roasting on demand.
Participants: Thye Gan
QUT Accelerator
The ever increasing movement to healthy living means that there is a rising demand for natural healthy products. Van&Villa are capitalising on this trend by developing high-value anthocyanin-rich powders based on unwanted biomass waste at low cost and with little to no impact on the environment.
Participants: Madeleine Van, Tommaso Villa
BeetleFish Studios
QUT Accelerator
Online gaming is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the entertainment economy in the world. BeetleFish studios is attacking this market by developing a story rich, beautifully crafted online game aimed at sophisticated players who value an immersive story telling game play experience.
Participants: Alex Bicknell, Connor Mccaffrey, Judy Yeo, Hamish Lawler
Quantum Geology
QUT Accelerator
The search for minerals is a time consuming and expensive art form subject to professional judgement and interpretation. Quantum Geology is applying artificial intelligence to large scale geospatial data sets to more effectively and efficiently identify previously overlooked high value mineral deposits, turning an art into a science.
Participants: Warwick Anderson, Sheree Anderson
QUT Accelerator
Education is an increasingly international market, but students studying overseas can struggle to integrate into job networks when they return home. IAJN creates communities that provide connections between international students and employers, easing the return home and helping students leverage their studies by obtaining high quality jobs in their country of origin.
Participants: Shane Dilon, Sam Henry

Key Dates

Applications open: Monday 15 October 2018

Key Dates

Applications open: Monday 15 October 2018

Applications close: Friday 09 November 2018

Teams Notified: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Initiation Weekend: | November

Key Lecture 1: Pitching 101 Time Management | 6 December

Key Lecture 2: Cold Calling | 13 December

Key Lecture 3: Design Thinking | 20 December

Event: Network Activity 10 January

Key Lecture 4 : Sales | 17 January 2019

Key Lecture 5 : Legals for Startups | 31 January 2019

Event: Pitching/Social event | 7 February

Key Lecture 6: Grants Session | 14 February

Key Lecture 7: R&D Incentives | 21 February

Key Lecture 8: Investment panel + Being investment ready | 28 February

Demo day: | Wednesday 7 March 2019

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We are available at the foundry on Wednesdays from 10am-11am in Room D214 Gardens Point.

QUT bluebox Accelerator FAQ


  • What is the QUT bluebox Accelerator?
  • The QUT Accelerator is a three month intensive startup development program designed to assist new ventures to accelerating their development towards commercial viability.
  • What is the QUT bluebox Accelerator
  • The QUT Accelerator is a three month intensive startup development program designed to assist new ventures to accelerating their development towards commercial viability.


  • What does the Accelerator involve?
  • The accelerator program involves working on your startup idea over a three month period, including participating in educational sessions, mentoring and a program ending Demo Day. The program is designed to be flexible so that teams can commit full time, or part time based on other commitments, however funding is contingent upon teams achieving reasonable levels of progress throughout the program.

    The program is non-residential, although there are a limited number of sessions that are compulsory to attend throughout the program.

  • Where will the Accelerator program be held?
  • The program will be conducted at QUT Gardens Point, in the ‘Foundry’ co-working space, D block, room D214.
  • What does the program provide my startup?
  • Mentors

    We provide access to guidance and mentorship from QUT bluebox and industry leading experts. Their role is to support and challenge your team and you will be matched based on personality fit and development needs.


    Start-ups receive a minimum of $12,500 of funding to participate in the program. QUT bluebox takes a 1% stake in your company for every $5,000 provided under the program.


    The Accelerator will provide practical training on problem and customer identification and how to go about developing a solution for those problems. This part of the program will be delivered by experienced startup founders, QUT bluebox staff and industry experts.


  • What is expected of me?
  • As a member of the Accelerator, you will be expected to:

    • Attend scheduled education/workshop sessions and mentoring sessions,
    • Demonstrate regular progress in the development of your idea and your company,
    • Participate in the program ending Demo Day, showcasing your idea to the QUT ecosystem, investors and industry representatives,
    • Be a positive contributor to other teams and the program in general.
  • Do I need to quit my day job to participate in the accelerator?
  • It is not mandatory to be at the accelerator offices for the entire program; the team can choose to use the facilities or not. However, there will be certain mandatory discussions during the program which will require the team to be present. Start-ups who choose to work out of the accelerator office locations can use them 24x7 and have access to the foundry onsite amenities, which can includes wi-fi, co-working space and more.


  • What are you looking for in a team?
  • We are looking for teams that have the range of skills required to build a successful start-up and this includes relevant technical and business skills. Teams that benefit from accelerator programs also tend to be customer focussed and coachable. Entry is competitive in nature, so being able to express a strong value proposition through the application of an innovative idea (technology, product or service), with a strong team to take the idea to market will increase your chances of be awarded a place in the QUT Accelerator program.
  • I’m a solo founder. Can I get accepted into the Accelerator program, or do you only look for teams?
  • Sole founders have seldom been able to finish the program; teams have proved more effective and as such, we encourage teams and co-founders. We are looking for great, balanced teams who have a full range of skills. We strongly advise sole founders to seek co-founders to balance the skillset. For example, a strong developer may consider adding someone with business and/or marketing experience. Even a great businessperson with no developer is unlikely to be accepted into the program.
  • How many team places will be available in the program?
  • The program will admit up to 10 teams.
  • At what stage should the teams be?
  • Teams should have at least have a minimum viable product, or be able to express a strong value proposition that is based on discussions with real future customers. In other words, teams should have a well identified market problem and a concept which solves that problem.


  • Teams will be selected based on entries provided.
  • Eligibility Criteria

    • Entrants must be working on a novel technology, business model, product or service aimed at solving a demonstrable market need.
    • Teams of two or more people with a good cross section of skills (business, marketing, product design, coding etc). At least one founding team member must be a QUT student, staff or alumnus.
    • Teams must attend sessions throughout the program at QUT Gardens Point.


    You apply through F6S; a link to the entry platform will be provided at The questionnaire is designed to give us insight into the team and your idea.


    The deadline for application is 11.59pm AEST Friday 17 November 2017.


  • Does it cost to participate in the Accelerator?
  • No. Teams accepted
  • When will my team get the funds?
  • Funding will be granted progressively, with a first instalment in the first month of the program. Performance will be assessed by QUT bluebox at regular intervals, based on pre-determined performance criteria.
  • If I don’t form a successful company, do I have to pay the money back?
  • No. The funds are being provided to help new ventures develop their ideas and gain market traction.
  • What can I use the funds for?
  • The funds can be used for any reasonable expense associated with the development of your start-up. This includes paying yourself during the course of the Accelerator program to make time for the development of your concept/business.


  • What publicity requirements are there for the programme?
  • All teams should display the QUT bluebox logo on their company websites ‘about us’ page. QUT bluebox should be mentioned in any press releases or publicity during and up to 12-months after the programme i.e. “QUT bluebox Accelerator 2017 backed Company X signs $1,000,000 investment deal with huge Venture Capital company Y”.
  • What happens when the Accelerator program ends?
  • On the last day of the program, start-ups will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea and give a demo to prominent technology investors and leaders.
  • How can i stay updated about the QUT bluebox Accelerator?
  • Stay updated about the QUT blubeox Accelerator by joining our mailing list at
  • I still have questions about the QUT bluebox Accelerator
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