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Accelerating Innovation: Meet the Trailblazers in our 2024 Plus Eight Accelerator Cohort!

Lauren Quinn
May 13, 2024

We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2024 Plus Eight Accelerator cohort, full of a dynamic group of innovators, visionaries, and disruptors ready to embark on a transformative journey. Our accelerator program has always been about empowering promising startups and entrepreneurs to reach new heights, and this cohort promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

From cutting-edge technology solutions to groundbreaking social enterprises, each founder brings a unique perspective and a passion for making a difference. As they come together under one roof, they join a vibrant community of like-minded individuals driven by a shared mission to drive positive change and shape the future.

Over the coming months, the cohort will benefit from unparalleled support, resources, and mentorship, under the guidance of Program Lead, Kirsty Packer, and Entrepreneur in Residence, Dr Marcus Tan, helping them refine their ideas, scale their businesses, and overcome challenges.

But our accelerator program is about more than just business growth, it's about personal growth as well. Through workshops, networking events, and peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities, the cohort will develop the skills, resilience, and mindset needed to thrive in today's competitive landscape. They'll form lasting connections, forge valuable partnerships, and gain invaluable insights that will shape their journey long after the program ends.

So, it’s time to meet the startups! Introducing our 2024 Accelerator cohort:


👋 Founders: Lockie Cooke and Chris Lawrence


👋 Founder: Stephanie Clarke-Jennings


👋 Founders: Esther McTigue and Joe McTigue

Edible Cutlery Pty Ltd

👋 Founders: Abhinav Bijavara Nagaraj and Nishanth Ananth Sriramapura

Day Work Book

👋 Founder: David Young

Future Materials

👋 Founder: Renae Tapley


👋 Founder: Emily Zaborski

Edison Collab

👋 Founder: Sean Oldenburger and Samuel Cunningham


👋 Founder: Josh Ellis

Shiine Media

👋 Founders: Sean Wharton, Nathan Wipane, Jordan Russell and Parakram Vishwakarma


👋 Founders: Aidan Talijancich and Paul Talbot-Smith


👋 Founders: Alex Hey and Travis Clapp

Follow along on our Plus Eight social media as we celebrate the achievements, milestones, and breakthroughs of our remarkable cohort, all made possible by our incredible partners at Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation via the New Industries Fund, BetterLabs, Woodside, Spacecubed, Sherkane, CFC Group, Vici Ventures, Hawaiian, adapt, DFK Gooding Partners and Jackson McDonald.