2019 QUT bluebox Challenge judges

May 29, 2019
Media Release


This year the QUT bluebox Challenge is set to wow audiences with not only pitches from some of the best emerging QUT startups but also with the line-up of judges.

One judge is responsible for creating an entertainment giant; another is one of the most influential women in tech, with the final two judges being part of two of the most successful startups in Brisbane.

The judges are:

  • Marc Randolph -Co-founder of Netflix and first CEO of the company. Marc is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a founder of more than half a dozen other successful startups, although he is best known for Netflix. Netflix revolutionised the way we watch entertainment, and part of a known idiom – “Netflix and chill”.
  • Leanne Kemp - Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Everledger CEO & Founder. Leanne is a leader, innovator and most likely the real wonder woman. Her leadership role in technology has been recognised in 2018 Advance Australia Award, Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) as well as being named in UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016.
  • Alex Ghiculescu -Alex is co-founder of Tanda (winners of the 2014 QUT bluebox Challenge) Tanda now has offices in four countries and thousands of customers who are building more productive workplaces and creating more jobs. Alex is responsible for Tanda’s continued product growth and innovation and his goal is to build the best product, ever. Not bad, for the youngest judge on the panel.
  • Rebecca Wilson - Rebecca Wilson founder and publisher of Starts at 60, recent winner of the Australian regional championship of the Startup World Cup. Rebecca went on to represent Australia in the San Francisco and placed in the final 12 from startups all over the world.

“I’m very happy to announce our four Challenge judges for 2019, four of the most diverse and successful founders right now,” QUT bluebox CEO, Tim McLennan said.

“The Challenge isn’t just about the prize pool, it is an important part, but also the Challenge gives QUT and Brisbane founders a unique opportunity they would not normally have; a hands-on workshop, meeting potential investors and meeting some of the most successful startup founders in the world,” Mr McLennan said.

QUT bluebox, Entrepreneur in Residence, Yotam Rosenbaum agreed the Challenge provided local startups with more than just funding.

“This is a shark-tank style pitching competition so the participants have to be ready but it also provides them with connections and support most startups don’t usually have,” Mr Rosenbaum said.

The QUT bluebox Challenge applications close Saturday 1 June.

The challenge is open to all startups with at least one QUT founder, and the top five finalists will pitch in front of the judges and an audience at the Challenge Gala on Monday 8 July.

Challenge tickets will be open to the public in June.

To find out more visit www.qutbluebox.com.au/challenge

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More information:

QUT bluebox is QUT’s innovation, venture and investment company.  With a portfolio of novel and exciting innovations and a range of investment, licensing and partnership opportunities, QUT bluebox  has been responsible for signing many innovations of QUT.

The QUT bluebox Challenge is the flagship event for QUT bluebox. In the last five years, it has propelled some of Queensland’s most successful startups. Each year, the Challenge sees hundreds of applications from around the world. Backed by the QUT bluebox motto ‘innovation for the real world’ the Challenge is open exclusively to teams with at least one QUT founder. The top five finalists are then selected to pitch in front of expert judges, their peers and an audience for a share in $100K cash funding.

For more information

Contact: Liliana Campos

Email: startup@qutbluebox.com.au

Phone: +61 7 3138 9420