Hot DesQ

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

Program Period Project Suburb Sector Round
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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/

London Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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/

Canada Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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/

Victoria Investing in Queensland 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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/

Canada Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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 Valley Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-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 Wales Investing in Queensland 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

ConferenceApe

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

Silicon Valley Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Corilla

Corilla is a collaborative authoring and publishing tool for technical writers. Markdown, version control and publishing in one.https://corilla.com/

London Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Equal Reality

Unconscious bias training in virtual reality. We create a highly immersive and interactive learning experience, by putting you in the shoes of a minority in the workplace and showing you what unconscious bias feels like, from a new perspective.https://equalreality.com/#top

New South Wales Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Future of Sex

Future of Sex is a telehealth platform and podcast for sexual health education. It provides young people access to expert knowledge on sexuality, encompassing up-to-date perspectives from psychology, health sciences, sextech, fertility and technology.http://www.futureofsex.org/

New York Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Hip Pocket

Hip Pocket is a FinTech software company that creates apps to help people make better financial decisions from their phone in just two minutes. Our newest product is Hip Money, a financial wellness app that helps anyone save more money and eliminate debt with a simple swipe right.http://www.hip.money/

Nebraska Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Kusaga Athletic

Kusaga Athletic creates future fabrics and sustainable lifestyle apparel for run, yoga, gym, outdoors. Our business model is based on principles of the circular economy and our actions directly reduce our industries impact on the planet and also provides products for consumers to play their part in mitigating climate change.https://www.kusagaathletic.com/

New South Wales Manufacturing & Retail 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

LESS Industries

LESS Industries provides a suite of IoT solutions for optimization of agricultural and industrial processes. Our products save water in irrigation, reduce crop losses through early frost detection, optimize condition of fruit during shipping and diminish the cost of grain storage through spoilage prevention.http://www.lessindustries.com/index-en.html

Chile Farms, Fishing & Forestry 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

MedicSen

Medicsen develops a learning algorithm connected to wearable devices and smartphones in order to predict disease evolution and future values of interest, give recommendations through a chatbot interface and automatically supply drugs through a non-invasive smartpatch also developed by the company; first step: diabetes.https://www.medicsen.com/en/

Spain Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Pinch Labs

Pinch is a workflow tool for sales and marketing teams. You’re already running analytics on your website and email, now it’s time to do the same for your sales voice. Discover the message that closes deals. Understand what’s working and where to improve.https://www.heypinch.com/

Silicon Valley Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

PledgeMe

PledgeMe is a crowdfunding platform that helps people fund the things they care about, from community projects to craft beer companies to social enterprises. PledgeMe currently offers project, equity, and lending based crowdfunding in New Zealand, and is looking to expand to Australia with the upcoming legislation changes allowing equity crowdfunding.https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/

New Zealand Investing in Queensland 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Point Zero

Point Zero specialises in the development of interactive holographic display technology, providing engaging and immersive solutions for advertising, education, and messaging. Our product HoloSpace is a world first for combining the power of 3D visualisation with interactive technology. It immerses viewers into a world of Virtual Reality without requiring them to put on goggles.https://pointzero.nz/

New Zealand Investing in Queensland 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Pynco Industries

Pycno tackles one of the biggest challenges of this century: Food Security, by building a network of wireless sensors to help farmers take better informed decisions when growing food helping them save precious resources such as water, fertiliser and pesticides while also increasing the quality and quantity of their harvest.https://www.pycno.co/

Spain Farms, Fishing & Forestry 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

RefLIVE

RefLIVE is a sports technology company providing software to referees and associations that digitises the entire match day recording process. The pen and paper method has had a good run but it’s about time football joined the 21st century!https://reflive.com/

Victoria Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Scoodit

Scoodit is the first cooking app ever to use visual recognition. The smart reverse cookbook that generates recipes based on the ingredients you have or want to use. “Snap snap snap and cook with what you have!”http://scoodit.com/

Switzerland Investing in Queensland 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Speedlancer

Speedlancer provides freelance tasks that scale, with extraordinary results delivered by expert teams within as little as 4-Hours(TM).https://speedlancer.com/

Victoria Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Turbulent

We’re redesigning Small Hydropower with a simple, bio-inspired turbine that allows anyone with a river or the rights to flowing water to become a renewable energy producer.https://www.turbulent.be/

Chile Mining, Energy & Water 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Viva City

Viva City helps Chinese students and travellers dine like a local. From Instant Bookings to Menu translation, Curated Deals to Alipay and WeChat Wallet Payments – Viva City makes dining out in a foreign country a lot of fun and whole lot easier.https://www.vivacityapp.com/en/Brisbane

London Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

WISRAN

WISRAN provides software as a service to measure live the time variations of farming activities, which can improve farmer profitability from 10–30% per acre by managing the cost of machinery, labor, gas and logistics.http://webdev.wisran.com/

California Farms, Fishing & Forestry 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Zentivo

Zentivo is an Insurtech startup, focusing on digitising the life insurance claims process. We save claimants time, and insurers money, by streamlining the claims management process.http://www.zentivo.com.au/

New South Wales Service Industries & Professionals 2
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Oct-17

Ziggu

Ziggu offers residential real estate developers a single integrated solution to manage construction partners, customers and project planning. Resulting in less construction mistakes, less time loss and happier customers.https://ziggu.io/

Belgium Building, Property & Development 2

 

Hot DesQ Round 1 Recipients

Program Period Project Suburb Sector Round
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://answer.ky/#/

Silicon Valley Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

C2S Conact2Sale

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.https://www.contact2sale.com/

Brazil Manufacturing & Retail 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://www.citizenwolf.com/

New South Wales Science, IT & Creative Industries 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.http://covercard.com.au/

Victoria Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

CRiskCo

CRiskCo is revolutionizing the Credit Approval Process by helping credit providers evaluate and streamline live data for approvals.https://www.criskco.com/home

Israel Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://www.deepblu.com/discover/live

Taiwan Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Eikonic R&D Pty Ltd

Eikonic is developing novel nanotechnology-based products for the prevention of oral diseases.http://www.eikonic.org/

Victoria Investing in Queensland 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Eternime

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

Silicon Valley Investing in Queensland 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Flowpay

Flowpay is commercialising a new payments technology, Flow Payments (FP) which allows money to flow continuously.http://flowpay.com.au/

Silicon Valley Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Foogi

Foogi provides secure, intelligent scheduling for enterprise – calendar management and meeting booking across platforms.https://portal.foogi.me/login

New South Wales Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://iridiumdynamics.com/

New South Wales Investing in Queensland 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Kallfly

KallFly is an On-Demand virtual Contact Centre marketplace, connecting businesses with experienced home-based call centre agents.http://www.kallfly.com.au/about-us/

Philippines Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://koalasafe.com/

New South Wales Investing in Queensland 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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).https://skatekrak.com/

Berlin Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://www.lawadvisor.com/

Victoria Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://www.muchbetteradventures.com/

London Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.http://openrevs.com/

New South Wales Transport & Logistics 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Pixc

Pixc provides a product listing optimisation service for eCommerce stores including photo editing.https://pixc.com/

Silicon Valley Manufacturing & Retail 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Hot DesQ Hosts for TimeLooper. Providing mentoring and free-coworking for 6 monthshttp://qutcea.com/

Brisbane City Investing in Queensland 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://skin-analytics.com/

London Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://squareaway-php.herokuapp.com/#/

Victoria Environmental Code of Practice for Industry 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://www.suncayr.ca/

Canada Service Industries & Professionals 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

TimeLooper

TimeLooper is a tourism virtual reality startup with planned expansion into Queensland.https://www.timelooper.com/

Kelvin Grove – Herston Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.https://toured.com/

Seattle Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Touriocity

Touriocity is the world’s first online and mobile platform for booking custom private tours in the world’s greatest cities.https://touriocity.com/#!/

London Hospitality, Tourism & Sport 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

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.http://www.trumbullunmanned.com/

Houston Mining, Energy & Water 1
Startup Attraction – Hot DesQ Jan-17

Wazlo

Wazlo is a fully automated recruitment tool that finds and vets job candidates based on your specific hiring needs.https://www.linkedin.com/company/wazlo/?originalSubdomain=au

California Service Industries & Professionals 1

 

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