meet our Finalists

Vote for your favourite finalists before 29 September

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The Rising Star: Creative Tech Finalists

A startup that has traded for less than three years and generated up to AUD$1M in sales annually.

Citizen Wolf

Citizen Wolf combines algorithms and on-demand manufacturing to create clothes that are better for people, business and the planet.

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Creatively Squared

Creatively Squared is a global community and managed marketplace connecting creative content producers with brands and businesses.

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Anti Ordinary

ANTI Ordinary protective headwear combines the comfort of a beanie with the safety of a helmet.

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The Innovator: Creative Tech Finalists

A scaleup that has traded for more than three years and/or generated more than AUD$1M in sales annually.


Josephmark designs, develops and launches digital products that change the way people work, play and connect.

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Toast VR

Toast VR is the virtual reality studio behind Richie's Plank Experience, a VR game that tests a player’s fear of heights.

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Bluethumb is Australia’s largest art marketplace, connecting art lovers and collectors with a community of emerging and established local artists.

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The Rising Star: Fashion Business Finalists

A startup fashion business that has traded for less than five years, released at least two collections and generated product sales.

Erin Lightfoot

Erin Lightfoot designs and hand-produces contemporary vases and jewellery by pairing traditional ceramic production techniques with current, forward-seeking design.

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Buluuy Mirrii

Buluuy Mirrii is a fashion label that harnesses the spirit of Australian Aboriginal ancestors and revives Gomeroi Dreaming stories.

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Shilo and Lydia

Shilo and Lydia is a collaboration between designer Lydia Pearson and artist Shilo Engelbrecht producing unique and custom garments.

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The Creative Trailblazer Finalists

An individual who creates enterprises and opportunities and who advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s creative economy.

George Hedon

George Hedon is the Founder and CEO of Pause Fest, the world's leading festival of business and creativity.

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Monica Davidson

Monica Davidson founded Creative Plus Business, a social enterprise to help individual creatives, freelancers and small arts organisations develop their business skills through workshops, advisory services, free resources, content creation and webinars.

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Peter Laurie

Peter Laurie is a highly active participant in the local startup ecosystem as a director at boutique software development firm Junta, mentor-in-residence at River City Labs, entrepreneur-in-residence at iLab and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s (CEA) Collider Accelerator Program and mission lead at Startup Catalyst.

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Voting closes 29th September 2019