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Sunshine Coast incubator Spark Bureau reveals startups in second cohort

Sunshine Coast incubator Spark Bureau has announced the startups taking part in its second cohort, taking off this month. This incubation round includes startups who want to bring on-demand services to dirty laundry and digital personality developments for brands.

Spark Bureau is a not-for-profit coworking community located in the heart of Maroochydore. Over the last year the incubator has worked on building its membership, experiencing a 30 percent month on month growth.

In the past Spark Bureau has placed a strong focus on not only supporting early stage startups, but also on supporting women entrepreneurs. In March this year the incubator announced it had selected nine startups for its first cohort, with 80 percent of the startups founded by women.

CEO of Spark Bureau Zach Johnson previously told Startup Daily that when looking at the Sunshine Coast’s entrepreneurial community, the high number of female entrants is not surprising, considering the percentage of female founders in startup companies is three times higher than the global average.

For the latest cohort the genders are more evenly balanced and the startups are diverse to represent the quality and range of startups in the Sunshine Coast.

Johnson said he was thrilled at the quality of applicants for the incubator’s second intake, which already show great potential to be on par with startups around the world.

“We had 25 applications, of which we chose five tech start­ups to be included in the August intake. Our tech expertise, and the fact we are a non-­for-­profit, community focused organisation gives us a unique place in the startup ecosystem here on the Sunshine Coast.”

The startups will receive full ­time coworking membership, weekly check­-in meetings, monthly milestone reviews and mentoring from an extensive network of executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Spark Bureau will also provide each team with access to workshops and guest speakers, along with training from experts in lean startup principles, design thinking, agile methodology, digital marketing, funding and IP protection.

The successful startups include:

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Lifestyle Laundry – a service built on a unique technology platform that taps into home-­based laundries to pick up, wash, fold and return your laundry within 24 hours.

 

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Xandra Labs developing personalities and dialogue for brands to engage their users in Facebook Messenger. The startup is currently working on urban and community development projects.

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ChilliDocs – a cloud­-based service that looks to significantly improve the productivity of document production and management tasks by automatically generating documents from templates. These documents can be distributed via multiple channels such as email, DropBox, Google Drive and one­touch post.

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Epicuest – an omni­channel platform integrating beacon technology with marketing, loyalty and social media solutions for bricks and mortar businesses.

SafeSmartPickUp – a technology platform to improve traffic flow at school pick­ups.

Brian Keayes, co­founder of fintech startup Promis, a graduate of the inaugural cohort, said the calibre of coaches and material in Spark Bureau’s incubator is world class.

“It’s exciting to see programs like this in regional Queensland and I look forward to hearing about the success of the second cohort.”

Image: Spark Bureau 2016 cohort. Source: Supplied.





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