Up to $100,000 is available from Hot DesQ to encourage early-stage and established startups to move to Queensland to expand or grow their business.

Hot DesQ

Hot DesQ

Hot DesQ is a startup relocation program, providing successful applicants with funding to base themselves in Queensland, Australia for a minimum of 6 months to grow or expand their venture.

 

Background

This Australian-first program attracts international and interstate startups to Queensland for at least 6 months to pursue their businesses whilst also helping to grow the entrepreneurial culture and connections 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 an attractive climate and lifestyle, abundant natural resources, affluent consumers, STEM skills and proximity to the Asia Pacific region and capability in several tech sectors, attracting world-class entrepreneurial talent.

 

Objective

Hot DesQ aims to bring new entrepreneurial talent to Queensland and share knowledge, experience, ideas and give back to the local startup ecosystem.

Hot DesQ is the right place for you if you’re:

  • an established startup that is looking to expand into the booming Asia-Pacific markets
  • a successful Aussie expat wanting to try your next venture or relocate your startup back home
  • an emerging startup team or entrepreneur keen to be part of a vibrant and welcoming startup community, with a sensational lifestyle and growing market

 

Funding

As well as receiving funding of up to $100,000 (AUD), Hot DesQ participants will also be embedded within an established startup community, and be provided with free co-working space for 6 months, access to mentors, and support to achieve Hot DesQ Network points.

 

Eligible Projects

Hot DesQ Round 3 is open to startups in all eligible industries, however a particular focus will be on attracting startup projects that will leverage off Queensland’s sectoral strengths and have a focus on technology applications in:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Robotics
  • Augmented and/or Virtual Reality
  • Blockchain
  • Health and Medical technology
  • Agricultural technology
  • Resources and energy technology
  • Aviation and aerospace technology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Tourism and Leisure technology.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for Hot DesQ, the startup (at the time of submitting its application):

  • must at a minimum have a working prototype (MVP) with evidence of market traction
  • must currently be headquartered outside Queensland (international or interstate)
  • must be operating for less than 5 years
  • team members cannot already be based in Queensland
  • team members must be aged 18 years or older
  • team members must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Hot DesQ is the right place for you if you are:

  • an established startup that is looking to expand into the booming Asia-Pacific markets, expand your  international presence, or test your product in the Australian market
  • a successful Aussie expat wanting to try your next venture or relocate your startup back home
  • an emerging startup team or entrepreneur with previous experience keen to be part of a vibrant and
    welcoming startup community, with a sensational lifestyle and growing market.

 

Timing

Applications close 19 September 2018.

 

Hot DesQ Round 2 Recipients

ProgramPeriodProjectSuburbSectorRound
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

Alfie BTC

Alfie BTC allows institutional investors and high net worth individuals to buy large sums of cryptocurrency at the best price possible by combining liquidity across exchanges.http://www.alfiebtc.com/

LondonService Industries & Professionals2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

Ark Paradigm

Ark Paradigm is a regulatory intelligence service for those who need to report financial material free of errors and omissions.https://www.arkparadigm.com/

CanadaService Industries & Professionals2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

Autobot

Aubot makes telepresence robots and telepresence robotic arms for people with a disability to attend work, and sick kids in hospital to attend school remotely.https://aubot.com/

VictoriaInvesting in Queensland2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

Brizi

Brizi offers brands a new way to sponsor sporting events. Our proprietary spectator-controlled cameras bring the Jumbotron experience to every fan in the arena, on their phone. With customers within the NBA, MLS, and international tennis, Brizi has captivated fans from 95 different countries across over 4200 hours of usage time.https://brizicam.com/

CanadaHospitality, Tourism & Sport2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

CloudPeeps

CloudPeeps is a freelance platform that empowers professional freelancers and businesses to do their best work. Clients can search and hire quality talent from a member-driven community of trusted freelancers. Peeps (freelancers) use the site to find new jobs and verified clients, connect with other professionals, and run their freelance businesses.https://www.cloudpeeps.com/

Silicon ValleyService Industries & Professionals2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

CodeMakers

CodeMakers teaches 8-12 year old kids to code by ‘modding’ their favourite game: Minecraft! CodeMakers run weekly classes via video conference where up to 8 students and a teacher can code their own Minecraft mod and test it out in a shared Minecraft world.https://codemakers.com.au/

New South WalesInvesting in Queensland2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQOct-17

ConferenceApe

Dead-simple conference badge printing.http://www.conferenceape.com/

Silicon ValleyService Industries & Professionals2