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Industry Accelerator Program

Offers programs to help high growth small and medium sized enterprises and potential startups fast track ideas from concept to commercialisation, positioning participants to successfully market their products and services to leading edge customers.

What's important

  • Funding available for industry focussed accelerators.
  • Eligibility criteria apply.
  • Funding recipients have been announced to undertake programs to help established industries and businesses accelerate innovation.

About the program

The Industry Accelerator Program pairs potential startups and SME’s with accelerators offering relevant industry partners and capacity to successfully deliver an industry-focused program in Queensland. They will tap into local talent to fast track their ideas into commercially viable products, services and business models—from concept to commercialisation.

Each accelerator will focus on growing connections, investment and achieving scale within a specific industry sector, including mining and resources, food production, infrastructure and creative industries.

Talent selected to participate in an accelerator will undergo an intensive 3 month program, receiving mentoring and advice to speed up development of their product, service or business model. They will have access to industry leaders, investors and other specialised advisors to help them compete and gain market share.

Funding recipients

BlueChilli—using the BlueChilli accelerator model, ‘CityConnect’ will find, fund and build smart cities startups, to address urban challenges and improve the way we live, work, play, move and trade in cities.

Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast—will concentrate on developing better technology and processes for food production through its ‘Grow Coastal‘ accelerator program.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia—established the ‘Collider’ accelerator to  focus on key markets under the creative-tech umbrella, including fashion, music and multimedia.

QUT Bluebox—in partnership with SoftBank Robotics, will fast-track the development of the next generation of startup founders under the ‘Robotics Challenge’ accelerator to drive forward robotics and other hardware solutions across a range of industries.

River City Labs—working in partnership with the muru-D startup accelerator program backed by Telstra and other leading international accelerators, River City Labs will focus on knowledge services.

Slingshot—will establish a Brisbane-based accelerator but will partner with theSPACE in Cairns for a regional cohort focused on tourism, hospitality and entertainment.

Unearthed—will look to diversification and growth in the mining equipment, technology and services sector.


Expressions of interest were received during 2016 and are now closed.

Organisations are expected to have previous experience, relevant industry partners and the capacity to successfully deliver an accelerator program in Queensland.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are closed.

In 2016 the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) sought interest from organisations who have successfully delivered accelerator programs in Queensland and have the ability to provide a tailored program.

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Last updated
29 June, 2017

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