2017/18 Accelerator Finalists

January 12, 2018
Media Release

2017/18 Accelerator finalists have been announced!

The 2017/18 Accelerator finalists have been announced!.

Each finalist is participating in the three-month intensive program aimed at getting their start-up ready for fast-tracking commercial growth. Have a preview below at the 11 finalist's innovative ideas. At the end of the Accelerator they will pitch in front of potential customers, partners, and hopefully you!

Find out how to join us on Accelerator Demo day.



Santiago Velasquez from 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.



Rosie Nalder wants to improve the problem of restaurant queues where ordering food and waiting 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. Using 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!



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.



Athlete management is an increasingly sophisticated process, but many of the tools on the market are only available to elite sports teams.

Annie Flamsteed and Frankie Devitt from Inspire: Athlete recovery System are 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.



Damien Peckett and Sophia Zhao are keen to improve the process of taking medical samples and shipping them to test labs, which they believe has failed to evolve in the past 30 years.

Laboratory Transport Solutions is developing digital tools and processes that will bring the billion dollar medical courier market into the 21st century.



Coffee is an increasingly central part of modern lifestyles. Thye Gan 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.



Alex Bicknell, Connor McCaffrey, Judy Yeo, and Hamish Lawler are interested in online gaming as 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 storytelling game play experience.



Warwick Anderson and Sheree Anderson want to improve the search for minerals, which they say 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.



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 Swimwear looks to be the next big thing in the domestic beachwear market.



Madeleine Van and Tommaso Villa see the ever increasing movement to healthy living as an opportunity because this 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.



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.

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