Creative3 2017

And that’s a wrap! Creative3 is officially over (for this year) but the lessons learned will live on. Educational, inspiring and most importantly, entertaining, Creative3 featured a diverse range of speakers from all over the world who spoke on a number of topics about the creative tech industry.

In one action-packed day, we had over four hundred attendees; four creative tech founders pitch their startups to investors; twenty-one speakers; three competition winners; four zombie hunters, and one girl who tweeted about Creative3 over a hundred times!

2017: Scaling a creative tech business

A new era for creative entrepreneurs

This year our panel of speakers flew in from across the world to join the conversation, right in the heart of Brisbane. They spoke about many of the challenges creative tech entrepreneurs face, including investment, growth and product development, and looked at current trends and future forecasts for solutions.

The key takeaways from the day showcased the potential we have to harness creativity in the development of successful, global enterprises.​

Creative3 Forum 2017

creativity x investment x enterprise

The Creative3 brings together the brightest minds from across the globe, empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs. The 2016 program took us through the full cycle from new idea generation and business development, by offering insights on how harnessing creativity and innovation can accelerate business success.

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2017 SPEAKERS

Speakers from 2017 Creative3 included

William Bao Bean

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William is a General Partner at SOSV, a US$300M AUM accelerator-focused venture capital fund, and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, East Asia’s first startup accelerator. Previously, William was the Managing Director of China investments at SingTel Innov8 Ventures and a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings. William is also an active angel investor, with 39 […]

Margaret Wallace

Margaret Wallace

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Margaret Wallace is Chief Executive Officer of Playmatics, award-winning creators of digital and real-world games, products and other interactive experiences. She was named one of Forbes “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” and, in 2014, Wallace was highlighted by Fortune as one of “10 Powerful Women in Video Games.“ An entrepreneur with a strong focus […]

Tim Ruse

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Growth.Passion.Creative.Business Tim Ruse is a co-founder and CEO of Zero Latency, a world leading free-roam virtual reality technology business. He is obsessed with using emerging technology to create new business models. This passion drove him to take Zero Latency from a garage to the world stage and 40x revenue in under 2 years. He is […]

Annie Parker

Annie Parker

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Annie Parker of Code Club Australia is a startup ecosystem leader, she’s built 10+ accelerator programs globally and is an extremely active member of the Australian ecosystem. She’s invested in hundreds of startups through these programs and has lost count of how many entrepreneurs she’s worked with over the years. Originally Annie came to Australia to co-found muru-D […]

Tim Bull

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Tim is the CTO at Zeen, a video and voice conferencing solution designed to help you hold better meetings.  Working together with Chad Hurley (Co-Founder & CEO of YouTube, now Founder & CEO of Zeen) they launched Zeen on June 1st 2017. Tim’s also worked on MixBit, a collaborative video editor and Delicious, the original […]

Mark Pesce – MC

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Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web. For seven years he was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors. He currently produces and hosts This Week in Startups Australia, the nation’s #1 […]

Gretta Van Riel

Gretta Van Riel

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Gretta van Riel is one of Australia’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. With over 16M followers on Instagram, over 5.8M impressions a month on Pinterest, and 5 successful startups under her belt, Gretta prides herself on turning audiences into brands and trends into markets. She founded her first startup, SkinnyMe Tea (SMT), at 22 with $24 […]

Steve Johns

Steve Johns

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Steve Johns is a Industrial Designer who has worked in numerous industries from housewares, lighting to wearables. He was the lead Product Designer with Pebble Technology that developed the world’s first mass produced smartwatch. Steve has experienced the full tech startup cycle. Early success with Pebble’s stellar launch on Kickstarter in 2012 led to shipping […]

Jess Thoms

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“Jess is a Founding Partner of conversation design agency Xandra. Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, Jess is a writer, marketer, and advocate for creatives in tech who has established Xandra as a pioneer in conversational experiences globally. Xandra was one of the first agencies in the world to develop branded experiences on messaging […]

Nicci Rossouw

Nicci Rossouw

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Nicci Rossouw is the CEO of Exaptec, a start-up company she founded in 2015 to provide service robotics solutions to the Australian market. She is passionate about applying innovative technology such as artificial intelligence and automation to improve work-life balance and wellness. She has provided numerous robotic telepresence solutions to educational facilities and businesses to […]

Sam Hussey

Sam Hussey

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Sam Hussey is Chief Executive Officer of Lightweave, an experiential agency focused on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and New Technology. Lightweave has been behind numerous world first experiences and works with clients within Australia and across the globe. Lightweave have been behind projects such as Brisbane Heat ‘Heat VR’, Weavar, Rugby League VR and the […]

Jared Kristensen

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Jared Kristensen is a former concert promoter turned tech entrepreneur. Currently he is the CEO and Co-Founder at Audience Republic – a marketing platform for events which helps event organisers to increase ticket sales by up to 78%. Jared has eight years industry experience having worked on major tours with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, […]

Pip Russell

Pip Russell

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For 9 years, Pip fronted two of Network Ten’s national children’s shows Toasted TV and Totally Wild. During this time she was very lucky to have adventures throughout the country and overseas, meet some incredibly inspiring people, she’d never even heard of! During her time with Ten, Pip gained extensive production skills working on national […]

Shelli Trung

Shelli Trung

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Shelli Trung is listed one of the top 100 angel investors to follow on Twitter. She is currently the Expert in Residence at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia where she manages the activities of their creative tech investment fund and sits on the advisory board of portfolio companies, GiggedIn and Bluethumb. Having spent much of her […]

Stewart Glynn

Stewart Glynn

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Stewart Glynn is currently an investor in early stage technology startups with Steve Baxter at Transition Level Investments. Transition Level Investments helps founders to build globally scalable technology businesses, providing funding, growth and strategic expertise and has invested in 20+ early stage technology and consumer companies. Having graduated from QUT in 2008, Stewart has held […]

Suzanne Nguyen

Suzanne Nguyen

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Suzanne “String” Nguyen is a curious geek of the future, online she is known as StringStory, where she threads the dots of communication and tech. So far, she has visited over 3 continents and over 20 cities. String is a creative tech strategist and video producer, and in 2017, has geek’d out with over 200 […]

Atlanta Daniel

Atlanta Daniel

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Atlanta Daniel (Lants) is an Investment Director with Blue Sky Venture Capital. Now based in Adelaide, after relocating from Melbourne in July this year to work on the $50 million South Australian Venture Capital fund. Atlanta is an investor in the first Techstars in APAC (also based in Adelaide), an adviser to Aether Photonics and […]

Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby

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Aaron is a tech entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO of Startup Catalyst, leading missions to Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel and Asia for youths, students, founders, investors and innovation leaders. In 2016 Aaron was awarded the national Benson Award for Entrepreneurship, and also the Pearcey Award for Queensland. Learning to code at the age of […]

Alan Jones

Alan Jones

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Alan was a founding investor in Pollenizer Ventures, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures and mentors startups in the BlueChilli and Startmate programs. He is now raising capital for a new seed-stage tech fund M8 Ventures.

Scott Millar

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Scott Millar is the 17-year-old founder of BOP Industries, a holographic entertainment start-up in Brisbane working in areas from events to marketing, retail, theatre, and education; oh, and he is still in grade 12. Starting his business at local markets as part of a school business venture at age 14 Scott is a young entrepreneur […]

Taryn Williams

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Taryn Williams is one of Australia’s most prolific entrepreneurs in the tech startup and media industry. She is the Founder & CEO of influencer and talent platform, TheRight.Fit, now used by major advertising agencies and brands to find the best and brightest talent for their jobs. Her first business, WINK Models, celebrates ten years in business in 2017, representing over 650 talent […]

Going Global: The Next Four Billion

‘It’s a WeChat world, and we’re just living in it.’

William Bao Bean delivered a brutally honest speech on why Australian startups shouldn’t be so quick to expand into China. Unlike the scores of advice seen on business sites advising startups to tap into the Asian market, William suggested that it’s best for businesses to steer clear from markets they don’t understand and would have trouble breaking into.

 

5 Years, 5 Startups, 5 Steps

“I can’t drive a car. I’m terrible with faces and this is my first keynote”

A naturally charismatic speaker, you’d find it hard to believe that Creative3 is Gretta’s first speaking engagement. Enamouring the audience from the get-go, Gretta’s fast-talking (‘I just have a lot to say!’) and expressive powerpoints were as informative as they were engaging.

Gretta spoke about her success starting five companies in five years and the failures she experienced along the way (including losing a million dollars in tea!).

Talking Shop: An Introduction to Customer Centric Selling

In partnership with Transition Level Investments Talking Shop

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) were proud to partner with Transition Level Investments Talking Shop to deliver a masterclass on customer-centric selling.

Let’s talk sales! Sure, there are masses of resources, platforms, tips and tricks out there to help you get that sale, however how do you create scale at the same time as improving sales? It is called CCS, aka Customer Centric Selling. If you want to build long-term, better customer relationships where your consumer is at the forefront of everything you do, then a Customer-Centric organisation is key.

Please join Andy Farquharson, Sales Architect at Winning by Design who will talk about a Customer-Centric approach in business. Andy has helped 170+ B2B SaaS companies across the world to design scalable sales plans and trained their team to execute with a customer-centric approach to sales.
With an engineering approach and startup mentality, they put the science into selling with established processes and regularly evolve those processes to meet the ever-changing landscape.

Creative3 Pitch Breakfast

Australia’s only event dedicated to connecting creative industries ventures with investors

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The four finalists selected – Creatively Squared, Folktale, Pluss and Postie, pitched their startup businesses to an audience of over a hundred investors and stakeholders.

As the 2018 winners of the competition, Creatively Squared Founders Ruth Stephensen and Scott Thomas will now go to represent Australia and pitch to some of Europe’s biggest VCs at the Creative Business Cup From there they will continue on to take part in the world-renowned Virgin StartUp mini accelerator

in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-21 November) StepUp, in London, where they will be surrounded by 25 leading entrepreneurs from around the world.

Networking in the sky

Cocktails and canapes overlooking the Brisbane skyline

“Awesome day at Creative3. So many great speakers. Anyone in the creative space shouldn’t miss the next one.” Food Bling

“Terrific day at Creative3, great to have such brilliant speakers in Brisbane to talk about creative tech.” Richard Gardiner

“Amazing work Creative3, fantastic event, great speakers, good crowd and invaluable insights.” Majella Edwards

“What a fantastic event, fantastic speakers, relevant topics and fun tech to play with, thanks!” Josie Harris

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The History of Creative3

In April 2010, CEA initiated and hosted the first Creative3 to showcase the importance of creative industries as a driver of the Australian economy and the differing pathways to commercial success. Today, the creative industries is valued at US$2.25 trillion globally and more than $35 billion to Australian GDP.

Since launch, over 85 thought leaders and entrepreneurs have presented new models of creative business innovation to more than 1,500 delegates.

Creative3 is now Australia’s largest conference for creative entrepreneurs. At heart, Creative3 is about providing innovators, business leaders and entrepreneurs with the insights to succeed in scaling their business.