An Uber-like laundry service, chatbots for cities, and beacon technology marketing are among the tech startups chosen for Spark Bureau’s second incubator cohort. After Spark Bureau’s inaugural cohort completed in May, the Sunshine Coast incubator has just announced the five local, innovative, tech startups taking part in the August cohort.
Zach Johnson, Spark Bureau’s cofounder and CEO, was thrilled at the quality of applicants for the incubator’s second intake.
“We had twentyfive applications, of which we chose five tech startups to be included in the August intake. Our tech expertise, and the fact we are a nonforprofit, community focused organisation gives us a unique place in the startup ecosystem here on the Sunshine Coast,” said Johnson.
The chosen five:
1. Xandra Labs
Xandra Labs is one of the first companies in the world to be developing personalities and dialogue for brands to engage their users in Facebook Messenger. The designled tech startup is currently working on urban and community development projects.
ChilliDocs is a cloudbased service that can 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.
SafeSmartPickUp is a technology platform to improve traffic flow at school pickups.
Epicuest is an omnichannel platform integrating beacon technology with marketing, loyalty and social media solutions for bricks and mortar businesses.
Lifestyle Laundry is a service built on a unique technology platform that taps into homebased laundries to pick up, wash, fold and return your laundry within 24 hours.
The companies will receive fulltime coworking membership, weekly checkin meetings, monthly milestone reviews, mentoring from an extensive network of successful executives and entrepreneurs, investor introductions, access to workshops and guest speakers and training from experts in lean startup principles, design thinking, agile methodology, digital marketing, funding and IP protection.
Brian Keayes, a cofounder of fintech startup Promis , and inaugural cohort graduate reiterated Spark Bureau’s success.
“The calibre of coaches and material in Spark’s incubator program is definitely on par with conferences I’ve been to in the United States and with major companies I’ve been involved with in Melbourne. It’s exciting to see programs like this in regional Queensland and I look forward to hearing about the success of the second cohort,” said Keayes.