Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ
Attracting international and interstate entrepreneurial talent to boost Queensland’s startup ecosystem and broaden our global connections.
- 25 companies from around the world and Australia have been awarded funding in Round 1 to establish a Queensland presence.
- Hot DesQ provides an injection of startup talent to bring in new skills and experience, broaden our connections and open up access to global markets.
- Hot DesQ is a competitive application process with international and interstate entrepreneurs vying to receive $50,000 - $100,000 in funding to relocate their ideas and business ventures to Queensland.
- The global Hot DesQ campaign is showcasing Queensland’s successful and inspiring startup community, and profiling our industry strengths, as well as leveraging our proximity to Asia Pacific.
- Round 2 will open early 2017.
Round one recipients
C2S radically simplifies lead management and boosts sales performance through an innovative mobile/web solution. An intelligent algorithm delivers each lead to the right seller instantly. Smart alerts guarantee a timely and effective follow-up. No lead is left behind and sales go up.
Attracted to Queensland from Brazil.
Citizen Wolf bridges the old-world craft of tailoring with 21st Century technology to make individually tailored casual basics on demand. Citizen Wolf allows you to tailor your T-shirts quickly and without needing a measuring tape.
Attracted to Queensland from New South Wales.
Deepblu strives to revolutionize the diving experience for all divers. Through developing a diving computer that allows the diver to connect with our social platform, Deepblu has simplified and enriched the way to record your dive.
Attracted to Queensland from Taiwan.
Flowpay is commercialising a new payments technology, Flow Payments (FP) which allows money to flow continuously.
Attracted to Queensland from Silicon Valley.Close
Iridium Dynamics is developing a novel unmanned aircraft: a hybrid airframe which combines efficient hover with efficient forward-flight, developing UAVs which are perfectly suited to observation and inspection missions in remote locations.
Attracted to Queensland from New South Wales.
LawAdvisor connects people and businesses with expert and easy to understand legal advice. It is an online platform that allows people to get answers to their legal questions from qualified lawyers. LawAdvisor also provides lawyers with an opportunity to promote and grow their reputation.
Attracted to Queensland from Victoria.
Much Better Adventures
Much Better Adventures makes it easier to book active experiences with expert local guides and hosts. They save customers hours and uncovers hard-to-find options, while our SaaS platform gives local operators providing awesome experiences all the tools they need to power their sales and marketing.
Attracted to Queensland from London.Close
OpenRevs aims to produce electric motorcycles as sustainable, cost effective and enjoyable means of transport for a wide range of consumers.
REV1 will be the most affordable electric motorcycle yet, with a commitment to safety and riding experience.
OpenRevs is attracted to Queensland from New South Wales.
Trumbull Unmanned provides data acquisition, processing, and analytics via unmanned vehicles for the energy sector. Removing the need for human activity, it increases safety, reduces exposure, decreases time, increases savings, improved detection and response times.
Attracted to Queensland from Houston.
About the program
This Australian-first program lures international and interstate startups to Queensland for at least six months to pursue their businesses and help grow the entrepreneurial sector in the State.
Hot DesQ provides an injection of new entrepreneurs to create new businesses and jobs, and broaden international connections as well as providing access to global markets and investors.
Hot DesQ leverages off Queensland’s competitive advantages such as proximity to the Asia Pacific region and capability in med-tech, agriculture, aviation and mining, attracting world-class entrepreneurial talent.
The program has been designed to put startups across Queensland at the centre by basing the incoming startups in existing innovation hubs around the State.
The Hot DesQ Hosts span across Queensland, including in Townsville, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Toowoomba—with local startups in these locations having unrivalled opportunities and access to these cutting-edge entrepreneurs.
The program is modelled on successful international programs such as Startup Chile which has been running since 2010.
Applications for Round 2 of the program will open in early 2017 to international and interstate startups.