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QUT Creative Enterprise Australia launches Startup Weekend for creative tech in Brisbane

- March 1, 2016 2 MIN READ

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has opened registrations for Australia’s first ever Startup Weekend dedicated to creative tech entrepreneurs. The weekend is designed to encourage entrepreneurs and startups with cross-disciplinary ideas to disrupt the way the world interacts with technology and experiences.

Creative tech combines technology with psychology, art and design in a way that enhances reality and innovates user experiences, with Shoes of Prey, Shapeways, Oculus Rift, and Holition just a few companies working in the creative tech space. The Startup Weekend hopes to explore ideas that create more immersive, entertaining and multi-sensory experiences, including virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and 3D printing.

The event will take place in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology’s coworking space. Participants will have the opportunity to receive advice and guidance from CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia Anna Rooke, Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, and Elaine Stead, investment director at Blue Sky Venture Capital.

The event will start on the evening of Friday March 18 and will be facilitated by tech entrepreneur Dwight Gunning. The weekend will enable participants to engage in all stages of the startup experiences from pitching their own idea, to collaborating with other teams and building basic prototypes.

“The brilliant thing about CEA’s Startup Weekend for creative tech is that it is bringing together people of unique skillsets and different disciplines, allowing them to collaborate and learn from one another. The weekend is all about allowing participants to hone in on their talents and use the opportunity to continue to grow and develop,” said Rooke.

“CEA plays an active role in supporting the creative tech sector by helping to start, grow, scale and connect creative companies. Hosting and facilitating a Startup Weekend dedicated solely to creative tech is an extension of our commitment to fostering and inspiring this sector, with an aim to produce more CEA success stories like Metaverse Makeovers, Fame and Partners and GiggedIn.”

The Startup Weekend is the latest effort from CEA to help start and grow creative companies across Australia as the country’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund. The organisation has helped establish more than 40 startups and raised over $25 million in investment.

The organisation last month announced the six entrepreneurs taking part in its 2016 intensive fashion accelerator program. Though not focusing on tech, the program teaches participants critical business components including technical and development, business and finance, range development and branding, marketing and public relations.

Startup Weekend will be held from March 18-20. If you’re interested in taking part, you can register here.

Image: Startup Weekend Event. Source: QUT Creative Enterprise Australia Website