2018 Accelerator teams announced

November 28, 2018
Media Release


Eight of QUT’s top innovations have been selected for the 2018 QUT bluebox Accelerator.

From a cryptocurrency platform accessible to the general public, to a defence technology startup and a social ventures, the 2018 startups cover a diverse range of services.

“We look for the most innovative startups across all disciplines, this year we have a bright group who cover the emerging Queensland interests including cryptocurrency, retail,  and some of our most pressing social issues such as homelessness,” QUT bluebox Chief Entrepreneur-in-Residence and program mentor, Dr Tim MacTaggart said.

Each startup will now have three months of mentoring to take their startup closer to market.

The 2018 QUT bluebox Accelerator startups are:

  • Bertonni —Mike Lepre
    Bertonni creates employment for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, through the design and manufacture of timeless and elegant porcelain homewares.
  • Gigshake —Chris Veraa
    Gigshake is a digital platform that seamlessly connects eager university students to career-relevant paid employment.
  • Cardlify —Mitchell Johnson and Nicholas Johnson
    Cardlify is a digital gift card solution and Software-as-a-Service marketing tool for businesses.
  • Tokens for Humanity —Frederick Brien and Bryce Thomas
    Tokens for Humanity is a charity working on more efficient fundraising, and governance applications of blockchain technology specifically for the not-for-profit sector.
  • Digital Surge — Josh Lehman and Dan Rutter
    Digital Surge is a cryptocurrency exchange platform, specialising in bitcoin trading that is accessible to all Australians.
  • Excise Cloud — Bobby Garrett and Jeff Frampton
    Excise Cloud is a cloud service for small-to-medium sized breweries that works to self-manage their alcohol excise duty within minutes.
  • Vanguard Defence Systems — Damen Cody
    Vanguard Defence Systemsis a defence research and development startup, focusing on creating technology to improve defence force capabilities.
  • SensaWeb —  Darren Oliver
    provides real-time environmental monitoring solution, with the initial focus on radiation area monitoring.

The accelerator is open to all startups with at least one QUT founder (student, staff or alumni).

For more information

Contact: Liliana Campos

Email: startup@qutbluebox.com.au

Phone: +61 7 3138 9420