creative3 awards

Creators, Disruptors and Emerging Innovators Invited to Nominate for creative3 Awards

Creative3 celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation in 2019 with The Awards: in honour of Australia’s creative trailblazers and rising stars on 3 October 2019.

An initiative of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), Creative3 is an annual event that spotlights Australia’s creative industries and promotes its world-leading creative technology sector by connecting founders and entrepreneurs with experts, mentors and investors.

The Awards mark 10 years of Creative3 and will salute past success, showcase future potential and acknowledge the influence creativity, technology and enterprise has across fields as diverse as fashion, screen, advertising, product design, digital media, multimedia, games, computing, robotics, engineering and electronics.

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Nominations are now open for members of the public to enter businesses and individuals at all stages of their creative tech or fashion careers across four categories:

The Rising Star: Creative Tech 2019

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

The Innovator: Creative Tech 2019

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

The Rising Star: Fashion Label 2019

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

The Creative Trailblazer 2019

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

A panel of industry experts including Cameron Mitchell, Rudy Crous, Rowan Lamont, Andrew Barnes, Tracey Hocking, David Giles Kaye, Carl Hartmann, and Lynda Coker will shortlist finalists across each category and put them to a national public vote with the winners announced at Creative3 The Awards ceremony in Brisbane on 3 October.

CEA CEO Mark Gustowski said Creative3 had welcomed thousands of attendees over the past decade, cementing its reputation for sparking connections and igniting inspiration within the creative economy.

“Each annual Creative3 event adopts a unique form and we thought it fitting on its 10th birthday to celebrate Australia’s creative tech trailblazers and rising stars of the fashion industry while acknowledging the inspiration and innovation it has nurtured since 2010,” Mr Gustowski said.

“Creative3 is a valuable platform to meet and hear from industry experts, peers and leading creative innovators.

“It also forges vital connections between investors and founders as well as emerging entrepreneurs with established mentors.”

Creative3 The Awards celebrates the achievements of creative entrepreneurs, creative tech and fashion enterprises with an evening of immersive experiences, keynote addresses from world-leading experts and creative insight from category winners.

The milestone birthday will be hosted by author, inventor, presenter, professional futurist and former panellist on ABC’s The New Inventors Mark Pesce.

Chair of CEA Board Brett Chenoweth urged members of the public to nominate businesses and individuals blazing a trail in the creative industries and startup fashion sector.

“Creative3 The Awards celebrates the contribution creative enterprises of all sizes – from startups to scaleups to well-established businesses and multinationals – have made to the creative industries,” Mr Chenoweth said.

“These awards not only highlight Australia’s enviable position at the forefront of enterprise and innovation in creative industries but also showcase the incredible scope of achievement in this sector.

“I welcome the opportunity to continue Creative3’s decade-long commitment to honouring our pioneers in the creative industries and supporting its emerging talent.”

Nominations are now open across all four categories and close on 21 July 2019 (11:59PM AEST).

For more information, to nominate a business or individual, or to purchase tickets to Creative3 The Awards, visit



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