PLAY Accelerator Open for Applications – Fast Track Your Tourism or Hospitality Startup

Applications for the PLAY Accelerator are now open.  This round is PLAYtime, and we are looking for Hospitality and Tourism Startups that are ready to grow!

The international  borders are opening this month, and our industry partners recognise the wonderful opportunity that this presents to  introduce new innovations  that will deliver  the best possible customer experience for returning tourists!

If you are developing technology for any function of the sector – from staff rostering, customer management, venue or hotel management and monitoring, POS terminals, food service, transport, bookings and more – we want to hear from you!

For the selected participants we will provide:
💼 6 week coaching and growth education program
💰 $40,000+ in perks
💻 Hybrid delivery model – online and face-to-face
🎓 Intensive mentoring throughout from industry experts, tourism operators and investors
💥 Access to customers through the program partner network
🎤Opportunity to pitch at an exclusive international pitch event in May 2021
💸 In-depth assistance with follow-on fundraising for successful graduates of the 6 week accelerator program

Here’s what some of our previous Accelerator Participants had to say about the program:

“Sharon and team at the GC Innovation Hub are amazing mentors, advisors and connectors. They have a wealth of experience that helps entrepreneurs find the best pathway to setup, run and grow a startup. We were fortunate to be accepted into the Sports PLAY Accelerator and I would certainly recommend it to any sports startup looking to get the best in-class expertise to take their idea to market.” Kai Eris, CEO, Cinefly

I participated in the Gold Coast Innovation Hub’s Accelerator program in 2020 and it is the best thing I have ever done for my business. I have 20 years commercial experience and can say the tailored support from the facilitators was second to none and the direct engagement with 42 Ventures resulted in over $1 Million of investment into the business.   I have been through several different accelerators and this one is by far the best for those looking for commercial outcomes – these guys are commercial experts and suitable for companies from early stage to companies that are pre IPO or considering M&A activity. They have even remained supportive and engaged since I completed the accelerator and are a pillar of my business.” Lindy Chen, CEO, Frethan 

Join us as we welcome the world back to the Gold Coast  by submitting your application today.  Learn more and apply here.

Applications from regional,  interstate and international startups are welcome.

The PLAY Accelerator Series is supported with funding from the City of Gold Coast and the The Gold Coast Innovation Hub partner network.

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