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Storyboard to represent Australian creative startups in Denmark following Creative3 Pitch win

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Storyboard to represent Australian creative startups in Denmark following Creative3 Pitch win

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Storyboard to represent Australian creative startups in Denmark following Creative3 Pitch win 

Australia, 22 September 2016: QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has today announced social discovery startup, Storyboardas the winner of its annual Creative3 Pitch.

Currently Australia’s only platform to connect investors with creative startups, this morning’s Creative3 Pitch panel included seasoned investors from Signal Ventures, AirTree Ventures, Blue Sky Capital, One Ventures and CEA’s Startup Fund. Storyboard creator, Darren Tonkin, will get the chance to pitch to some of Europe’s biggest venture capitalists as a representative of Australia at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is held during Global Entrepreneurship Week from 17 to 21 November.

A ‘discovery’ app filling the void between rich media and blogging, Storyboard allows users to create and share engaging stories by intelligently matching photos and videos with the places a user visits. Users can also use the app to explore destinations or discover what other people are up to in their area.

Anna Rooke, CEO of QUT CEA said, “Technology has impacted the online content space in a big way, forging an intersect between media, blog sites and social media – now all viable ways of delivering content to an audience.

“Storyboard presented a clear niche in this space, with the tie in of social media and travel that often go hand-in-hand, yet there is no current medium available to capitalise on this. Darren drew in investor interest through highlighting that the youth travel market is currently worth over $US203 billion. Combined with over 3.8 billion people using social media on their mobiles, it’s easy to see that there is huge potential for Storyboard.” 

Four shortlisted creative startups were invited to pitch at the event, including custom swimwear designers Kini Swimwearmobile music streaming app, Muru Music, and online custom fashion startup Citizen Wolf

Darren Tonkin, founder of Storyboard said: “Being named the winner of this year’s Creative3 Pitch is a game changer for us. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain international exposure and pitch for investment when we head to the international Creative Business Cup in November.”

Ms Rooke added: “Creative3 Pitch is the only initiative in Australia that connects investor-ready creative ventures with serious investors, despite the fact that the creative industries represent over $90 billion to the Australian economy. We hope that Citizen Wolf will go on to find success in the creative-tech space and become our next successful export like 99designs, Canva, Envato, Shoes of Prey, Fame & Partners, and Like a Photon Creative.”

For more information about the Creative3 Pitch visit: http://creative3.com.au/pitch/

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About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies. Providing essential business skills and pragmatic training focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content. 

Since 2008, over 4,000 entrepreneurs have engaged in QUT CEA services, supporting over 500 creative industries businesses on site, establishing over 50 start-ups, and raising over $60 million capital

CEA offers access to workspace, business mentoring, special events, networks, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.