Backing the future power sectors - Creative3 Pitch Forum

By Kylie Lamprecht - August 12, 2016

Some of the world’s most creative, influential and inspiring entrepreneurs will descend upon Brisbane on 22 September for the Creative3 Forum. Their message: It’s about backing the future power sectors of the Australian and global economy, not resting on our resources and traditional industries that have fuelled pre-GFC economic boom times.

Australia now has a unique opportunity to build on its creative, innovation and technology industries which represent over $90 billion to the Australian economy in revenue terms alone.

Pitcher Partners is the presenting partner of the Creative3 Pitch for 2015 and 2016; and is also CEA’s Accounting and Advisory Firm Partner.  Pitcher Partners is committed to developing relationships with key stakeholders whose values are closely aligned with ours; and providing our clients with opportunities for networking, team building, professional development, education, exposure, inspiration and new ideas.  

“Competing and succeeding in the global landscape requires a continuous innovation approach to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world,” says Creative3 Curator Anna Rooke.

“Many organisations are now reaping the benefits of developing innovative products and services, accessing emerging markets or applying innovative approaches to traditional sectors.”

“We established Creative3 Forum in 2010 to equip business leaders with the latest thinking on new technology, business tools, creative intelligence, industry insights and design-led innovation,” Ms Rooke said.

“We’re giving startups and entrepreneurs an opportunity to challenge themselves, be inspired and gain business insights from leading game-changers and industry experts but fundamentally to back this important sector which is currently not recognised as major driver of Australian economic growth.”

“This year we have particularly focused on new and disruptive business models and applications. This is a unique, cross platform event to inspire startups through to established business leaders on what it takes to build innovation in business.”

An initiative by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), Creative3 is Australia’s leading creative-tech event designed to spark collaboration and connect those within the industry. A series of dynamic presentations and interactive panels hosted by world-class creative game-changers will offer unique insights into creativity, investment and enterprise.  Pitcher Partners have been supporting sponsors of this signature event since inception.

Creative3 returns for its seventh year in 2016 and the first round of speakers and panellists feature a number of world-renowned creative entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, from creator and producer of That Startup Show, Anna Reeves, to film and games veteran Ben Britten – an Academy Award winner for technical achievement in films including Spiderman, Superman Returns and Terminator 3.

Additional speakers and panellists featured in the impressive lineup include: former David Jones Limited CEO, Paul Zahra; Stashd co-founder, Jessica Wilson; MD and co-owner of children’s production house, Like A Photon Creative, Kristen Souvlis (who recently formed part of the first Australian female team to produce Sesame Street); Area360 and STQRY founder, Chris Smith; co-founder and CFO of Smartstudy, Ryan Lee; and Bidchat co-founder and CEO, Roger Ein. International startup industry veteran, Mark Pesce – who initially launched CEA nine years ago – will be joining Creative3 as MC.

Creative3 will also host an exclusive breakfast event – Creative3 Pitch – where five shortlisted creative-tech startups from across Australia will pitch to angel investors. CEA will provide pre-event coaching and workshops to ensure each startup is pitch-ready. The five finalists include Nicc Johnson of Muru Music (Sydney), Elle Aram of Kini Swimwear (Melbourne), David Shaw of Genesis AR (Gold Coast), Eric Phu and Zoltan Csaki of Citizen Wolf (Sydney), and Darren Tonkin of Social Storyboard (Brisbane). The winner will go on to represent Australia and compete against 63 countries at the Creative Business Cup in Denmark later this year. 

Six reasons why you should participate in Creative3 - 

1.    Secure valuable connections, new clients, and investment opportunities 
2.    Gain key insights from innovative founders and investors on scaling a business internationally and securing capital
3.    Build your value proposition and re-imagine future business models in any industry sector
4.    Explore new business innovation techniques and markets to boost your future commercial growth
5.    Engage with experts to explore how user design and creativity can enhance your customer experience
6.    Identify what’s on the horizon—future global opportunities, trends, technologies and disruptive innovation in design, communications, media, entertainment, music, retail and fashion.

Registration is now open with early bird tickets on sale. Visit for more details.

Kylie Lamprecht, Pitcher Partners Business Services and Director of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia Pty Ltd, looks forward to encouraging clients (whether established business and start-up) to participate and register. “We are proud to be working alongside QUT CEA, QUT Business School and CEO Anna Rooke to help our clients navigate through the complexities of innovation, growth, sustainability and succession considerations. Our clients and their workforces need to be adaptable and flexible in a rapidly changing environment.

Creative³ is an important event because people from disparate industries are coming together to understand how important creativity is during the technology age. Creativity is the core asset now—it’s not about owning the factors of production; it’s not about resources; it’s about how we put it all together - Steve Sammartino, Author & Entrepreneur; Creative3 Speaker

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