Startups in creative industries invited to pitch to investors at Creative3 competition

- June 17, 2015 2 MIN READ

Startups in the creative industries have been called on to pitch at the third annual Creative3 Pitch, an event connecting creative startups with early stage investors.

The competition, to be held in Brisbane in September, is looking for startups in the design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games, and interactive content fields.

The event is part of the Creative3 Conference, to be held by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), a company from the Queensland University of Technology that helps create, grow, and scale startups in the creative industries.

The winner of the event will go on to represent Australia at the world championships for creative entrepreneurs in Copenhagen, the Creative Business Cup.

Anna Rooke, CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, said that Australia’s creative industries are often underestimated.

“Our creative industries sector employs more people than mining and contributes $35 billion to our GDP, however creative startups struggle to find funding as they are often viewed as high-risk by investors,” she said.

“Denmark has shown international leadership in this area by forming the Creative Business Cup, which profiles creative entrepreneurs on a global stage and highlights the potential for growth, jobs and innovation in this sector. This will only be the second time Australia has been able to compete on the world stage.”

The startups will be judged based on creativity and market potential.

The finalists selected to take part in Creative3 will receive pre-event coaching from CEA to ensure each startup is ready to pitch to investors.

Previous Creative3 finalists include TradeMarkVision, which allows people to conduct visual searches for trademarks, and HandKrafted, which lets artisan makers to respond to product briefs posted by customers, who can then choose which maker they would like to commission to make a product.

Both startups received investment from the CEA Startup Fund.

Applications for Creative3 Pitch close on June 26th.

Image: Sandra Mau, Founder & CEO TradeMarkVision & Anna Rooke, CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. Credit: Erika Fish, QUT