QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator
 

Be part of the future

Australia's first robotics dedicated accelerator.

Want to work with one of the world’s leading humanoid robot platforms? Or do you have your own robotics startup idea? The QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator gives you the chance to work with one of Australia’s leading technology commercialisation firms in concert with SoftBank Robotics Corp. on their ‘Pepper’ humanoid robot platform. This is your chance to get on board the robotics revolution!

Participating teams will gain access to world class robotics experts, highly experienced industry mentors, cutting edge entrepreneurship education via MOOCs out of MIT and $15,000 in funding to bring your visions to reality.

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Two Opportunities

Create an application for the world's leading humanoid robot

Open to:

Queensland residents over the age of 18.

We are looking for:

Teams to develop an application for SoftBank Robotics Corp's 'Pepper' humanoid robot that can make an impact on the real world.

Teams will work with software, but do not need to have a programming or coding background.

Prize:

Minimum of $15,000 funding per team, with additional funds available to high performing teams.

Applications open 5 June 2017.

Submit your own robotic startup

Open to:

Queensland residents over the age of 18.

We are looking for:

Teams to accelerate their robotic technology to make an impact to the real world.

Team will ideally have technical as well as business skills and a proof of concept/demonstration version of their tech.

Prize:

Minimum of $15,000 funding per team, with additional funds available to high performing teams.

Applications open 5 June 2017.

Gain Connections

Gain Connections

Access co-working spaces

Access co-working spaces

Mentor contact

Mentor contact

Hands on support

Hands on support

Prize winning team

Prize winning team

World leading entreprenurship program

World leading entreprenurship program

Industry Mentors

Phil Hutchins

Phil Hutchins

Phil is an experienced director of listed and unlisted companies, with international experience in technology in Australia and Germany. Phil has consulted to technology and energy companies, including roles as CEO or General Manager. Phil has experience in angel investing and has been a mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand. He is currently a director of Northpower, a leading New Zealand electrical network operator and contractor to other utilities, with a growing fibre-to-the-home business.

David Poxton

David Poxton

David is the founder of Velvet, a start-up focused on creating the world's most expansive Wi-Fi network, while simultaneously decentralising the Internet Service Provider business model. David is also a PhD candidate and APA scholar, researching tools programmers can use to write more secure code.David is a QUT graduate with a master’s degree in software architecture, and studied new ventures leadership at MIT.

Marius Ursache

Marius Ursache

Marius received his MD degree but quit the medical field after graduation. He founded Grapefruit, one of Romania’s first digital agencies that has won over 25 international design awards. After leaving Grapefruit in 2014, he founded Eternime, a startup that collects and preserves the thoughts, stories and memories of people through intelligent avatars for eternity.

Peter Laurie

Peter Laurie

Peter has been doing professional software development for the last 20+ years. He is an electrical engineer by training, and has an MBA focusing in strategy, entrepreneurship, and microeconomics. He has diverse experience across several industries and is an experienced mentor, advisor, and investor.

Brendt Sheen

Brendt Sheen

Brendt is CEO, Strategist and Innovator at Code Heroes mobile app development, design and marketing. Code Heroes is Softbank’s preferred Australian development partner for commercial Pepper apps. Brendt is passionate about innovative ideas and enjoys helping people refine them and bring them to life.

Jonathan Marshall

Jonathan Marshall

Jonathan’s background is in strategic marketing and business development. He now applies his experience to the startup he foundered in 2013 which develops 3D game- based simulation software for addressing enterprise needs in the training and assessment space. He believes you gain experience not just from your learnings and successes but from failures as well.

Juxi Leitner

Juxi Leitner

Juxi is a robotic researcher at QUT and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision with a focus on emerging machine learning, computer vision and robotics. He has authored 50+ publications and recently started the Brisbane Robotics Interest Group and Brisbane.AI with the aim to create a robotics/AI startup ecosystem in Brisbane.

Jon Sawdon-Smith

Jon Sawdon-Smith

Jon comes from both a technical and a design background and has worked in the hardware development industry for 20+ years, across the UK, Ireland, US and Australia. He has lengthy experience working in start-ups as technical lead, and knows inside out how to take a product from sketch to volume manufacture.

Angela Dahlke

Angela Dahlke

Angela combines qualifications and experience enabling innovative startups. She’s multi-disciplinary with postgraduate-qualifications in business, law, and science, experienced as a precedent-case winning IP attorney; marketing/commercialisation consultant, bringing technology to market; researcher; entrepreneur; innovation winner/facilitator; and community manager.

Stuart Kerr

Stuart Kerr

Stuart has worked with over 400 Australian and New Zealand SME’s, becoming a trusted adviser to guide businesses through innovation, growth, change and international expansion. Stuart provides a sound mix of commercial expertise (5 start-ups), academic qualifications (MBA) and commercial nous (AICD). His work has covered most industry sectors including tourism, creative and manufacturing sectors - which also included a 2-year stint in Tokyo.

Callum Hickey

Callum Hickey

Callum is a commercial associate with QUT bluebox, with a background in process development and techno-economics. He has worked on technical and commercial projects within a large multi-national engineering company and the university sector, experiencing technology transfer from a variety of situations. He has first-hand start up experience having worked in two university spin-offs, one of which he was a key contributor and investor, Callum appreciates the challenges of bringing new products to market.

Team Members

FabrikCNC

FabrikCNC, working on low cost, high functionality 5 axis CNC machine for Rapid Prototyping.

Cirrus

Cirrus Robotics, working on cloud based image processing for robotic vision including Pepper.

Skygrow

Skygrow, working on autonomous ground based tree planting robots.

Raw Robotics

RawRobotics, building a robotic arm and intuitive web based software for teaching robotics in schools.

Robosys

Robosys, working on using social robots like Pepper for tourism.

Cornerstone Robotics

Cornerstone Robotics, working with social robots like Pepper for queue management in financial services.

Travics

Travics, working with social robots like Pepper for data analytics and up-selling in the travel sector.

Easywear

Easywear this team will work with social robots like Pepper for fast fashion up selling platform.

Owence Electronics

Owence Electronics, working with social robots like Pepper to share retail sales awareness.

Code Heroes

Code Heroes this team is working on reactive development environment applications for social robots like Pepper.

QUT Robotics

Applications Open June 5, 2017

Key dates:

  • 5 June – Applications open
  • 6 June – Platform Development 5:30-7:00pm | The Precinct
  • 8 June – Ideation | 5:30-7:00pm | QUT Foundry D block Room 214
  • 15 June – Value Proposition | 5.30pm-7.00pm | QUT Foundry D block Room 214
  • 22 June – Pitching 101 | 5.30pm-7.00pm | QUT Foundry D block Room 214
  • 23-24 June – Robotics Hackathon | The Precinct
  • 28 June – Applications close
  • 30 June –  Program entry notification
  • 3 July – Robotics Accelerator commences

Got questions?

Make an appointment for a one-on-one chat.

Robotics office hours:

  • June 13, 26, 28 - 12:00PM-7:30PM at The Precinct
  • June 20, 27 - 2:00PM-7:30PM at QUT Foundry D Block room 214

Partners

QUT bluebox Softbank ST Solutions Advacne QLD

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE ROBOTICS ACCELERATOR?

The Robotics Accelerator is a three (3) month intensive startup development program designed to assist new robotics ventures in accelerating their entry into the marketplace. The Accelerator is being run by QUT bluebox in partnership with Advance Queensland and the ST Solutions Australia (STSA), a subsidiary of the SoftBank Corp.

DO I NEED TO BE WORKING ON ROBOTICS TO ENTER THE PROGRAM?

The accelerator is exclusively focused on startups looking to build businesses around robotics. Any robotics startup is welcome to apply.

In addition, the humanoid robot 'Pepper' will be available as a development platform during the program. Work on Pepper is restricted to development of software applications for the robot, which means if you are interested in working on this platform, you don’t need to undertake development of the physical robot itself.

AT WHAT STAGE SHOULD THE TEAMS BE?

Teams working on non-Pepper robotics should be somewhere in between having a minimum viable product through to a nearly-finished product.Teams entering based on the application of the Pepper robot should have a well identified market problem and potential Pepper application which solves that problem.

WHY SHOULD I APPLY?

This is a unique opportunity to work with one of Australia’s premier technology commercialisation companies, QUT bluebox , along with the program partners, Advance Queensland and STSA. QUT bluebox has run hardware focused accelerators for the past three years, creating a range of successful startups now in the market. Combined with entrepreneurial education from MIT, a sole focus on robotics startups and non-equity funding, the Accelerator program represents a unique opportunity for robotics startups to accelerate their development in the market.

WHO ARE QUT BLUEBOX , ADVANCE QUEENSLAND AND THE SOFTBANK CORP?

QUT bluebox Pty Limited (bluebox) is the innovation and knowledge transfer company for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. QUT bluebox is running the Robotics Accelerator.

Advance Queensland is a Queensland Government suite of programs designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future, drive productivity improvements and help position the state as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture. Advance Queensland has provided some of the funding underpinning the Accelerator program.

ST Solutions Australia (STSA) is an Australian subsidiary of SoftBank Corp.

SoftBank Corp. is a Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation established in 1981, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. STSA is a partner of the Accelerator program is making its humanoid robotics platform, ‘Pepper’ available as a development platform throughout the program