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QUT Accelerator

Have you founded a startup, or do you have an idea and want to fast-track your growth? Apply now for the QUT Accelerator.

The QUT Accelerator will provide you with the skills and support to drive your venture to the next level!

What is the QUT Accelerator?

The QUT Accelerator powered by QUT bluebox 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 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 $25k 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.

Demo Day

Reserve your FREE tickets to the QUT accelerator DEMO DAY With a cohort of 11 teams that feature QUT innovation across a breadth of industries.

The pitch event will be followed by drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to network with the founders and other members of Brisbane's startup ecosystem.

DATE: Wednesday, 7 March 2018

TIME: 5PM for 5:30PM start

LOCATION: QUT Gardens Point | The Atrium | P block, Level 6 Brisbane City, QLD 4000

Book your ticket

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 23 October 2017

Key Dates

Applications open: Monday 23 October 2017

Applications close: Friday 17 November 2017

Teams Notified: Monday 20 November 2017

Initiation Weekend: | 30 December-1 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 2018

Key Lecture 5 : Legals for Startups | 31 January 2018

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

Pre Demo Breakfast: | Friday 2 March 2018

Demo day: | Wednesday 7 March 2018

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