Unearthed Accelerator Program kicks off

The Unearthed Accelerator Program, designed to support startups creating products for the resources industry, began on Friday July 14 in Brisbane with a team announcement event at River City Labs.

Six teams of entrepreneurs were accepted into the six-month long program that help the resources technology startups build sustainable businesses with commercially ready products reach global markets.

The program is part of the Advance Queensland Industry Accelerator program established to support the state’s major industries.

“The Unearthed Accelerator Program will demonstrate how great ideas can be turned into innovative startups, and will help create the knowledge-based jobs of the future,” Queensland minister for innovation, science and the digital economy, Leeanne Enoch, said.

The participating entrepreneurs will receive access to connections in the industry, as well as seed funding, mentoring, assistance with content delivery, legal advice, one on one sessions with business experts, and a co-working space at River City Labs to build networks with other entrepreneurs.

Three Brisbane based Accelerator teams will be joined by three teams from both domestic and international locations. The Brisbane-based teams include Pumpkin, which won the Young Innovator Award at the Unearthed Brisbane hackathon in April 2017 for their data predictive analytics package in response to Origin Energy’s drilling optimisation challenge; SiteSee and their web accessible software that enables remote infrastructure inspection and 3D modelling in an interactive real-world environment; and Flowpay, a platform for continuous flow payments so that it is pay day whenever you are at work.

The other teams include London-based Canaria, which won at NASA Space Apps London 2016 for a personal safety wearable prototype that provides comfortable, unobtrusive biomedical and CO2 monitoring of vitals in a package designed to last in space; Perth-based SOUNDelve that allows your equipment to speak for itself by analysing processing plant audio; and another Perth-based startup, AMLab, a laser scanning technology that enables the automation of ship loading.

The program will also assist Unearthed’s industry partners, such as Origin, drive efficiency and competitiveness through adopting these technologies and processes.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with the startup community and provide pathways for innovative solutions to some of our opportunities,” Michelle Merriman, Origin lead for the Accelerator, said.

“We held our first hackathon in partnership with Unearthed earlier this year and were bowled over by the quality, professionalism and solutions that the participants came up within 54 hours.”

Anya Nova, accelerator program manager at Unearthed said, “We believe this is the fastest and most cost-effective way to introduce new technologies to the energy and resources sector, as well as the best way to support new resources tech startups.”

Unearthed aims to create 50 new startups in five years through the Accelerator Program.

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