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Come launch your great business idea at Australia’s first Startup Weekend focusing solely on creative tech

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Anna Rooke

With the creative industries valued at more than $35B to our Australian GDP, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) recently announced that registrations to partake in Australia’s first Startup Weekend for creative tech are now open.

The weekend has been specially designed to encourage cross-disciplinary ideas from across a broad range of areas including art, fashion, advertising, product design, multimedia, games, computing, robots, engineering and electronics.

By combining technology, psychology, art and design, ‘creative tech’ is disrupting the way the physical and digital world interacts by creating more immersive, entertaining, personalised and multi-sensory user experiences. Topline creative tech examples include virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and 3D printing.

Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech will take place at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, with the event running over 54-hours from Friday 18 March at 6.30pm through to Sunday 20 March at 9pm. The event will be facilitated by globally renowned tech entrepreneur, Dwight Gunning.

What does Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech have to offer?

Australian creatives, students and techies will have the opportunity to join leading business minds like Anna Rooke, Steve Baxter and Elaine Stead and be part of the largest global entrepreneurial network, Startup Weekend, spanning 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs.

The weekend will give participants the opportunity to engage in all stages of the start-up experience, from pitching their own idea, to collaboratively working in teams on a business plan, building a basic prototype creation to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their start-up with local entrepreneurial leaders.

CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Anna Rooke, said, “The brilliant thing about CEA’s Startup Weekend for creative tech is that it is bringing together people of unique skill-sets 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.”

“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,” Ms Rooke added.

Participants of CEA’s Startup Weekend for creative tech will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals and gain instant access to products and tools to broaden their entrepreneurial journey.

What does CEA do?

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies as Australia’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund. Providing essential business skills and pragmatic training focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content.

Since 2008, CEA has helped establish more than 40 start-ups, supported over 500 creative industries businesses and raised over $25 million in investment.

CEA offers access to business mentoring programs, special events, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.

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