Creative3 Pitch

Applications for 2017 are now closed 

If you’re interested in 2018, please click below





Creative3 Pitch is the only competitive pitching event in Australia that unites leading creative tech entrepreneurs with early stage investors.

The competition aims to build the capacity of startup founders in the creative industries and increase the number of investor-ready businesses in Australia.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is proud to host this key event for the 8th year running as part of our ongoing commitment to boost investment in this booming global industry.





The winner of Creative3 Pitch will clock up some major frequent flyer miles as they pitch their venture across Europe. The prize package will include flights to and accommodation in Denmark where the winner will represent Australia in the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen further catapulting their brand to global stature.

Following Denmark, the successful startup will travel to London and find themselves alongside an exclusive network of 25 leading entrepreneurs at the world-renowned Virgin Startup accelerator program StepUP. Where the Virgin Startup mentors will skyrocket your venture from start-up to scale-up in a two day intensive.





Get ready to pitch

We’re calling on Australian-based creative ventures to submit a 90-second pitch video. We encourage applications from startups that have been incorporated foe less that five years and can demonstrate evidence of growth potential.


Key Dates

Creative Business Cup Australia

Creative3 are the Australian hosts of the Creative Business Cup

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As the Australian hosts of the Creative Business Cup, all four Creative3 Pitch finalists qualify for the world championships for creative entrepreneurs, the Creative Business Cup.

The winners of the Creative3 Pitch investor’s choice award are rewarded with flights and accommodation for a founder to the Creative Business Cup (16-17 November) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here they compete against 63 countries as the Creative Business Cup Australia representative. They have the opportunity to pitch to some of the biggest VCs in Europe during Global Entrepreneurship Week and compete for a total prize pool of over USD $100,000.

The jury selects the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: Creative competencies are crucial to the success of the business concept
  • Market potential: The business concept has a large market potential

Virgin Startup | StepUp Accelerator

Creative Enterprise Australia holds the only Australian partnership with Virgin Startup


QUT CEA holds the only Australian partnership with Virgin Startup, with that; our team has negotiated an exclusive opportunity for the Creative3 Pitch winner to attend the highly regarded StepUp Mini-Accelerator based in London.

Following Denmark, the winners of the Creative3 Pitch investor’s choice award will travel to London (22-23 November) and find themselves alongside an exclusive network of 25 leading entrepreneurs at the world-renowned Virgin Startup accelerator. Where the Virgin Startup mentors will skyrocket your venture from start-up to scale-up in a two day intensive.

2016 Creative3 Pitch Finalists

and Creative Business Cup Australia 2016 finalists


Posts from 2016 Pitch

Evolution of the Creative3 Pitch

From 2010 to 2016

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has been committed since 2010 to connect creatives with investors. Given the limited knowledge around creative tech investment opportunities, CEA created a Creative3 Investment Marketplace to encourage creative ventures to pitch their business for a prize of $25k cash and $75k support services customised to growing companies.

This operated successfully for three years before the launch of the CEA Startup Fund which invests up to $150k. The focus evolved from a “competition” to supporting more companies to connect with the Australian investor community and leveraging CEA’s own Startup Fund as a potential co-investment source. In 2013, CEA partnered with River City Labs to co-produce a joint Creative3 RiverPitch.

Over the last two years, CEA has operated a Creative3 Pitch event with finalists including Bluethumb and Handkrafted, participating and then securing capital investment.

Learn more about the CEA Startup Fund


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Pitcher Partners are the presenting partner of the Creative3 Pitch for 2017 and 2018; and is also CEA’s Accounting and Advisory Firm Partner.

Pitcher Partners is an accounting and advisory firm providing a full range of services to private and family controlled groups and businesses, and the individuals within those organisations.

Learn more about Pitcher Partners