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Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ

Attracting international and interstate entrepreneurial talent to boost Queensland’s startup ecosystem and broaden our global connections.

What's important

  • 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 applications are now closed.

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.

Round 2 applications are now closed.

Find out more about the Hot DesQ program.

Round one recipients

Answer.ky

Answer.ky

Answer.ky is an automated grading tool for student assignments. It uses AI and machine vision to read and grade student responses that range from words, numbers, equations, and even graphs.

Attracted to Queensland from Silicon Valley.

Website: http://answer.ky/

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C2S Contact2Sale

C2S Contact2Sale

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.

Website: http://www.c2sglobal.com/

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Citizen Wolf

Citizen Wolf

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.

Website: http://www.citizenwolf.com/

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CoverCard

CoverCard

CoverCard is an online tool connecting blue collar workers to employers, service providers, colleagues and friends based on the tickets and licences they hold.

Attracted to Queensland from Victoria.

Website: http://www.covercard.com.au/

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CRiskCo

CRiskCo

CRiskCo is revolutionizing the Credit Approval Process by helping credit providers evaluate and streamline live data for approvals.

Attracted to Queensland from Israel.

Website: http://www.criskco.com/

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Deepblu Inc.

Deepblu Inc.

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.

Website: http://www.deepblu.com/

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Eikonic R&D Pty Ltd

Eikonic R&D Pty Ltd

Eikonic is developing novel nanotechnology-based products for the prevention of oral diseases.

Attracted to Queensland from Victoria.

Website: http://www.eikonic.org/

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Eternime

Eternime

Eternime is an Artificial Intelligence biographer that collects all your thoughts, stories and memories, then preserves them for eternity.

Attracted to Queensland from Silicon Valley.

Website: http://eterni.me/

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Flowpay

Flowpay

Flowpay is commercialising a new payments technology, Flow Payments (FP) which allows money to flow continuously.

Attracted to Queensland from Silicon Valley.

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Foogi

Foogi

Foogi provides secure, intelligent scheduling for enterprise - calendar management and meeting booking across platforms.

Attracted to Queensland from New South Wales.

Website: https://portal.foogi.me/login

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Iridium

Iridium

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.

Website: http://iridiumdynamics.com/

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Kallfly

Kallfly

KallFly is an On-Demand virtual Contact Centre marketplace, connecting businesses with experienced home-based call centre agents.

Attracted to Queensland from Philippines.

Website: http://kallfly.com/

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KoalaSafe

KoalaSafe

KoalaSafe helps make digital parenting easier via their router and companion app. Time Limits, Filtering and Usage reporting across all devices in the home controlled from your smart phone, anywhere.

Attracted to Queensland from New South Wales.

Website: https://koalasafe.com/

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Krak

Krak

Krak is on a mission to build a better way to experience skateboarding through the KrakBox (a monthly subscription box) and the KrakApp (online and mobile based skateboarding community).

Attracted to Queensland from Berlin.

Website: https://skatekrak.com/

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LawAdvisor

LawAdvisor

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.

Website: http://www.lawadvisor.com/

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Much Better Adventures

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.

Website: https://www.muchbetteradventures.com/

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OpenRevs

OpenRevs

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.

Website: http://openrevs.com/

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Pixc

Pixc

Pixc provides a product listing optimisation service for eCommerce stores including photo editing.

Pixc is attracted to Queensland from Silicon Valley.

Website: https://pixc.com/

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Skin Analytics

Skin Analytics

Every 10 minutes someone dies from melanoma. Skin Analytics will change that by providing low cost screening at home using AI and its device.

Attracted to Queensland from London.

Website: https://skin-analytics.com/

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SquareAway

SquareAway

Re-envisioning waste. SquareAway makes it easy for people who want waste removed from their home, business or construction site to quickly find the right service at the best price from different suppliers.

Attracted to Queensland from Victoria.

Website: http://squareaway.com/

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Suncayr

Suncayr

Suncayr has created SPOT: a smart UV indicator. SPOT tells you how effective your sunscreen is all day long using a simple colour change sticker that you apply to your skin.

Attracted to Queensland from Canada.

Website: http://suncayr.ca/

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Toured

Toured

Toured is a web platform where people can list, discover and book adventure activities and excursions online – and provides an improved back-end service and increased marketing for operators.

Attracted to Queensland from Seattle.

Website: https://toured.com/

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Trumbull Unmanned

Trumbull Unmanned

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.

Website: http://www.trumbullunmanned.com/

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Touriocity

Touriocity

Touriocity is the world's first online and mobile platform for booking custom private tours in the world’s greatest cities.

Attracted to Queensland from London.

Website: https://touriocity.com/

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Wazlo

Wazlo

Wazlo is a fully automated recruitment tool that finds and vets job candidates based on your specific hiring needs.

Attracted to Queensland from California.

Website: http://wazlo.io/

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Last updated
31 March, 2017

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