The Sprint Accelerator is for ambitious early stage Seed and Series A businesses in three key sectors, Health, Ageing, NDIS and Sports, giving them the skills, connections and opportunities they need to fast-track global commercial success.
Queensland based: global vision
Our aim is to expand Queensland’s and Australia’s innovation ecosystem to include multi-modal support for start-ups and future start-ups in these sectors, which are all set to boom globally in the coming years due to the post-covid focus on health, a global ageing population and the 2032 Olympics that will be held in Queensland.
The Sprint Accelerator uses funds to invest in the participants of the accelerator, becoming their first cheque. We then partner with industry leading VC’s and other investors to secure further capital pathways to help our teams grow.
The Sprint Accelerator Program comprises of 2 elements:
A 12 Week Accelerator Program including a 2 day intensive workshop in Brisbane, followed by an 8 week mentoring course. At the conclusion of the 12 Week Accelerator Program, participants are invited to present to a curated group of industry experts, external VC and Angel investors.
A 12 Month Regional Extension Program for regional Queensland, including 4x 1 Day Start-up and Innovation Skills Training Short Courses delivered in regional areas as identified by the Queensland Government, 6 x bi-monthly short topic webinars as well as invitation to attend Sprint Accelerator networking and Brisbane Mixer events.
Llew is a leading Australian serial startup entrepreneur and investor that has foundered and exited to ASX entities over his 24 year investing, digital and marketing career.
Llew is the Head of Accelerator and EiR for the Sprint Accelerator. He is the EiR for the Bentleys Carefactor Aged Care Tech Global Accelerator and is the former EiR for the Muru-D Accelerator and Activate+ programs at River City Labs.
Between 2006 and 2016, Llew was the Founder and Managing Director of The Reload Group, one of Australia’s largest digital & eCommerce marketing agencies. Llew built the Reload business to 90 staff and 300 clients located in offices throughout Brisbane, London and Manila. From 2016 to 2022 as Chair, he oversaw the global governance function and Reload’s sale to Hardie Grant Media.
From 1999 to 2006 Llew was co-Founder of leading Queensland web, eCommerce and digital agency Alfresco, that was sold to a consortium led by the ASX listed STW Group.
Practical business growth and commercialisation training and skill development focused specifically on start-up capability development for entering national and international markets. A priority focus will be case study guest speakers so that participants can learn firsthand from experienced entrepreneurs.
Hands-on goal-orientated workshops with innovation and lean start-up tools, techniques and investment readiness information for converting startups to scale-ups.
Engagement with mentors and subject matter experts in business growth and innovation, investment attraction and entrepreneurship. Mentors will be matched to participant-needs. Participants have the opportunity to gain influential partnership and ‘champion’ backing.
Facilitated opportunity to demo to Seed and Series A stage investors (i.e. expansion customers), a 14-day International Residency to promote international market development, as well as the opportunity to attend and/or present at local and national conferences (subject to availability).
Facilitated industry engagement and networking events will encourage supply and value chain members to meet and identify potential collaborative or partnership opportunities.